KCCD Editor: Jason Madson
We only have 4 weeks of football left in Kansas City in 2012. The roster we thought was among the leagues most talented and deepest in preseason hasn’t lived up to the hype. The positions that will need upgrades are obvious and if they weren’t I received numerous messages on Twitter about which positions need to be upgraded.
Some mocks might say that there aren’t any “franchise” QBs available, but I see it differently. Look at the draft with Matt Ryan. Many said the exact same things about him and now he’s an MVP candidate. My point is, we need a QB in Kansas City desperately and we will have our choice. Target a QB and go get him. The fans will support it just for the fact you are trying to improve the position.
The rest of this draft I filled with help in areas of need. Defensive back, Wide Receiver and Defensive Line to name a few. Let me know what you think or how you would handle this in the comments.
Geno Smith QB West Virginia – The Chiefs need to select a QB in the first round. My personal favorite is Geno Smith. He has something the Chiefs haven’t had in a while, accuracy. Some will say that’s because of his offensive system, but it doesn’t bother me. He completes a high number of balls downfield as well, throwing a tight ball. As he doesn’t use his feet as much as I’d like, they are still something that defenses will have to think about.
Geno suffered through some midseason “struggles”, but this coincided with the loss of running back Shawne Alston to injury. He ended the season with 4000 yards and a nearly 7-1 TD to INT ratio. That’s unheard of. Once his big running back was back in the mix, he started to get back in the groove, completing nearly 80% of his passes.
The Chiefs have the running game to allow Geno to utilize his pretty play action fakes and hit one of the Chiefs WR in stride with a beautiful strike. I like how he uses subtle head fakes and pumps to move defenders as well. He is as good as advertised.
Geno has the arm, pocket pressence, legs and fire the Chiefs need to lead this franchise to a Super Bowl. Make the pick!
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee – This pick is me preparing for the loss of Dwayne Bowe. Patterson has what the Chiefs currently lack, a WR to stretch the field and a dynamic kick returner. CP can be used in many ways, just get him the ball in space and let his talent wow you.
Cordarrelle isn’t the most polished route runner and suffers the occasional dropped pass, but his potential outweighs these. He’s got the physical tools that make you drool. He’s scored TDs this year as a receiver, running back and kick returner. He would quickly form a dynamic duo with Chiefs number one pick Geno Smith.
Tyrann Mathieu DB LSU – I mocked the “Honey Badger” to the Chiefs this preseason in round 1. This, in my eyes, is a similar pick to the Justin Houston selection. A supreme talent at a discount. Yeah, being dismissed from your team andnot playing the entire season is a big deal, but in the NFL it won’t matter.
Mathieu is a ball hawking, fearless defensive back that the Chiefs could use in multiple positions. He is also deadly with the ball in his hands, whether it’s from an interception or a punt return. He adds yet another weapon that the Chiefs could use in many ways. Free Safety, cornerback, return man and even a few plays on the offensive side of the ball.
Shamarko Thomas SS Syracuse – This pick added to the previous selection of Mathieu add to a short handed Chiefs secondary. Shamarko is a missile when he comes up to help vs the run. He is what I call the anti-Kendrick Lewis who is either still injured or afraid to get hurt again. We as Chiefs fans won’t complain about Thomas being afraid to hit.
Thomas has some weaknesses in his coverage skills, but will dislodge a WR from the ball any chance he gets. I don’t mind a guy who gets a few targeting penalties playing in my secondary. He will put the fear of going across the middle into opposing receivers. He’s susceptible to play action and pump fakes in coverage as well.
Shamarko would be an instant contributor in special teams and could replace a vet like Lewis if the olay tackling continues.
Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse – Two Syracuse Orange in a row? Yep! Two QBs in the same draft? Yep! This team needs a complete overhaul of the QB position and Nassib looks like a perfect candidate to be a member of this team. He can come in and spell Geno if needed. Nassib is intelligent and can play ball. His arm is nowhere near that of Geno’s, but he makes plays and is fearless in the pocket.
The addition of Smith and Nassib to this roster should make most Chiefs fans feel better about the roster. With the way Brady Quinn handled the past week with the tragedies surrounding this team, I think he may have earned another year as a placeholder in the eyes of the fans. He was a true leader when this team needed him to be.
Kapron Lewis-Moore DE Notre Dame – With a good chance that Glenn Dorsey and/or Tyson Jackson are gone in the offseason, the Chiefs need to add a big man up front. KLM has experience as a 3-4 DE at Notre Dame and pitched in some pass rush for the Irish this season with 6.5 sacks. He could add to the rotation with Ropati Pitoitua, Shaun Smith and Allen Bailey if neither of the LSU first round picks return to the Chiefs.
This isn’t a flashy pick, but he is talented and fits a need with Kansas City.
Michael Hill RB Missouri Western – Most of you have probably never heard of this local stud. He was the MIAA offensive player of the year and is up for the small class Heisman Trophy Award. He is a powerful runner that gets great yards after contact. He ran for 2000 yards in the stadium the Chiefs run their training camp. They have to know about this guy.
Watch for him to make the small school combine and a possible invite to an All Star game this offseason.
The Chiefs finally added a first round QB,which will make the fans happy. With Geno being the face of the franchise, the Chiefs can finally enter the new NFL where throwing the football is a must to win. The other additions add youth and athleticism to an already young roster. This team gets more speed and playmaking ability at the WR and kick/punt returner positions, which they lacked this year.
This draft doesn’t add a much needed inside linebacker or depth to the offensive line, but with money in the salary cap bank the Chiefs can fill these positions in free agency, hopefully.