Putting on the Scott Pioli Helmet: Who Should the Kansas City Chiefs Draft?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2009

The Chiefs had a horrible record last year but they were privileged enough to own the third overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft.

I will be putting on the general manager hat for the next half hour and will point out who I would like the Chiefs to select in the first four rounds of the draft. I'm sorry if you do not agree with my selections, but it's only an article, so get over it.

Just sit back, relax, and enjoy.


Round One

Scott Pioli would love to trade down and accumulate picks at this spot, but I don't think he will be able to. Nobody at this point wants to trade up to pay millions of dollars when they can stay where they are and get a solid athlete. So with all that said, the Chiefs will select Mark Sanchez, quarterback from USC.

Yes, I know you guys think Tyler Thigpen is the next Tom Brady, but I just don't see it. Mark Sanchez looks to be a solid fit for the Chiefs here, and I expect him to shine brightly. The knock on Sanchez has been "lack of experience," but going 28-of-35 for 413 yards and four touchdowns versus Penn State in the Rose Bowl pretty much shut down those concerns.


Round Two

Alright, Pioli has addressed the quarterback issue. Now he needs to move to the defensive side of the ball. The Chiefs need major help at the linebacker spot, so I think with the 34th overall pick, Kansas City will select outside linebacker Brian Cushing, also from USC.

No, I'm not a USC fan. Cushing is a great pick for the Chiefs and he would be a solid outside linebacker when the Chiefs switch to the 3-4 defense. Cushing is a great coverage linebacker and I can't wait to see him in a Chiefs uniform.


Round Three

The Chiefs have had a good draft so far, but there are still many positions that could be addressed with the 67th pick in the '09 draft. In the third round selection for Kansas City, the Chiefs select Jonathon Luigs, center from Arkansas.

Luigs provides good size for the center of the Chiefs' line, weighing 314 pounds. He could eventually be the starting center this year. His competition will be Rudy Niswanger, so right now nobody knows.


Round Four

This pick is a little tougher, but after looking at the prospects, I believe the Chiefs will select Jaison Williams, the wide receiver from Oregon. Williams is a HUGE receiver. He is 6'5" and weighs 240 pounds.

He had some injuries in the '08 season and that is why I think he will fall to the fourth round. Williams could be the No. 3 receiver come week one.