Now that draft season is upon us, numerous mock drafts are out, and when it comes to the Chiefs, there seem to be the same few players projected—David DeCastro, Dontari Poe, Luke Kuechly, Trent Richardson and Ryan Tannehill.
This is not to say that those players won't help the Chiefs, because they will. This is also not to say these players won't be picked; they might, but I hate to have such tunnel vision on the topic.
Since Scott Pioli has become the GM, I have learned one thing in his past three drafts: expect the unexpected. In 2009 it was rumored the Chiefs liked Tyson Jackson, but he was way too much of a reach with the third pick; Pioli over-drafted Tyson Jackson and passed on the likes of Brian Orakpo and B.J. Raji.
In 2010 he was rumored to have said he would never take a safety at No. 5 overall—most pundits thought Bryan Bulaga was the choice due to his relationship with Kirk Ferentz. Instead, Pioli took stud safety Eric Berry.
Finally in 2011, I thought I had him figured out—Pioli likes high-character team leaders. WRONG—he trades down and grabs Jon Baldwin, a player known to be a diva and willing to throw his coaches under the bus. I reiterate my point: expect the unexpected.
For the first time in a long time, this draft is different. The Chiefs are no longer drafting for need. They have the rare opportunity to draft the best player available and build championship-caliber depth. Romeo Crennel has come out and said as much. So anyone is fair game!!!