by David Syvertsen
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Top 3 Needs: OT, Pass Rusher, ILB
#1 – Eric Fisher – OT/Central Michigan
-Best offensive tackle in this class. Great athlete with size and presence.
-Fits in at RT right away and starts. Long term security to the vital LT spot.
#63 – Travis Kelce – TE/Cincinnati
-Former wildcat quarterback with athletic, huge but still growing frame
-Gives KC a more complete TE that will block well and does things after the catch
#96 – Knile Davis – RB/Arkansas
-Total package when considering the tool set but underachieved on tape.
-Will fill out the depth chart and be given the opportunity to back up Charles.
#99 – Nico Johnson – LB/Alabama
-Capable two down run defender that needs to be kept inside
-Provides much needed talent and depth next to and/or behind Derrick Johnson
#134 – Sanders Commings – CB/Georgia
-Versatile skill set that can play all over the secondary. Reliable performer.
-Can be used as a quality backup throughout the entire secondary
#170 – Eric Kush – C/California (PA)
-Quality athlete for the interior that moves fast with power and balance
–Developmental guy that can eventually add depth along the three inside spots
#204 – Braden Wilson – FB/Kansas State
-Huge, physical lead blocker that can makes some things happen with the ball
-Reid likes to use a conventional fullback to pave the way for his ground attack
#207 – Mike Catapano – DE/Princeton
-Strong presence on the outside that impressed in workouts and interviews
-Much needed depth outside that fits in well with a multi-look scheme
What They Did:
Year one of the Andy Reid era has gotten off to a great start. Their offseason has to be considered a major success to this point, as they’ve pushed all the right buttons when it comes to building their roster to contend for a record over .500 in 2013. They went offense-heavy in the first two days of the draft that will aid the resurgence of an offense that has the capability of being an efficient unit. The two additions from the SEC conference on day three aren’t household names,, but Johnson and Commings are the kind of players that are valuable components that can put that defense on an elite level.
Top Value Pick: Sanders Commings – CB/Georgia (#60 overall player on my board)
UDFA Most Likely to Make Team: Tyler Bray – QB/Tennessee
Top 3 Needs: Edge Rusher, Cornerback, Safety
#2 – Luke Joeckel – OT/Texas A&M
-Quality young blocker that is a safe bet to be a long time productive starter
-Will give Gabbert two high level blockers protecting the edge
#33 – Johnathan Cyprien – S/Florida International
-Physical presence over the middle that covers and tackles well
-Gives Bradley an immediate starter at a position with minimal NFL talent
#64 – Dwayne Gratz – CB/Connecticut
-Quick thinker that has an explosive and physical approach
-Rebuilding a secondary that really struggled in 2012 and lost its two best players
#101 – Ace Sanders – WR/South Carolina
-Playmaking talent that can use his lack of size to his advantage. Used everywhere.
-Adds a missing dimension to an offense that has some overlooked promise
#135 – Denard Robinson – RB/Michigan
-Talented player with the ball in his hands. Big play waiting to happen.
-Coaches can get creative with him and keep opposing defenses on their toes.
#169 – Josh Evans – S/Florida
-Pass defender that can play deep zone or man receivers up. Physical and versatile
-A potential starter that fits in perfectly to the Bradley scheme next to Cyprien.
#208 – Jeremy Harris – CB/New Mexico State
-Tall and long corner with easy hips and light feet
-Another scheme based selection that can be coached up and thrown in to the fire.
#210 – Demetrius McCray – CB/Appalachian State
-Big and physical press corner with good ball skills
-Can fill out the depth chart and contend for playing time as a press corner
What They Did:
The secondary was a glaring weakness that needed to be addressed, and address it they did. They brought in several schematic fits that will compete for starting positions right away. What they did at safety was one of the more impressive upgrades of draft weekend for me. The league is turning towards a strict format consisting of one physical mauler and one rangy cover man at safety. Evans and Cyprien will play very well next to each other. They went with a sure thing to shore up the offensive line early, which is never a bad move with a young unproven quarterback. And while he matures, they can help take the pressure off with the explosive playmakers added in Swearinger and Robinson. Very successful draft for year one of the Caldwell/Bradley era.
Top Value Pick: Josh Evans – S/Florida (#53 overall player on my board)
UDFA Most Likely to Make Team: Matt Scott – QB/Arizona