NFL Mailbag: The Kansas City Chiefs, Jay Culter, and the Draft

DannyBoy SportsTalkCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 21:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during the game against the Miami Dolphins on December 21, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

An all new mailbag for your reading pleasure. This week, we tackle the Chiefs.

"So now that we know that Jay Cutler is on the block, will his exit affect the top three (1-3) in the draft? Will Detroit pick Curry or will he fall to No. 3? I don't think KC can afford to not pick him. With Cutler out of the [AFC] West and Cassel under center, with LJ [Larry Johnson], D-Bowe [Dwayne Bowe], and [Tony] Gonzalez, maybe, just maybe, we will contend for the West title. Would love to know your take."

—Joe (AKA) RedDogg

Joe, do you mind if I call you RedDogg?  Anyhow, the whole Cutler situation just put a huge crimp into the plans of about 12 teams in the league. His landing spot is going to define many team's draft strategies as well as the future of Mark Sanchez.

From what I have heard, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (no Garcia) and possibly the New York Jets (sans Favre) are the major players.

The Lions will be in the bidding, but I don't see a team giving up the No. 1 overall pick for a QB with an attitude. Plus, they don't have any other bargaining chips. Finally, they will take Matthew Stafford because every new coach who picks first overall wants a cornerstone (see: Nolan, Mike).
The Rams already have Marc Bulger (getting older, though), and new coach Steve Spagnuolo likes veteran presence. They will draft either Eugene Monroe or Jason Smith at No. 2.
As for your Chiefs, after giving up their second-round pick for a QB with exactly 16 starts since high school, they're going to want to protect their investment. Look for them to take whichever offensive tackle is not taken by the Rams.
The Seahawks will scoop up Aaron Curry at number 4. Why else trade Julian Peterson to the Lions if you didn't have someone in mind to replace that kind of production?
The Chiefs' personnel scares me. Gonzalez wants out even if he denies it. Johnson might go to jail, and he still wants out. I would not call this a stable bunch.
If there is one thing that can bring this team together, it's a new coaching staff and philosophy. Todd Haley is a good offensive coordinator, and it should be interesting to see him lead a whole team.
The AFC West Division reminds me of their counterpart in the NFC: Weak. The Chargers are one year and a myriad of injuries from turning into the Seahawks; the Chiefs will be similar to the 2007 Cardinals: Good but not good enough. The Broncos, without Cutler, look like the Rams when Bulger was injured, and the Raiders are a mirror image of their bay-area rival, the 49ers (enough said there).
Look for KC to finally capitalize on Denver's mistakes and jump up into respectability. They will not win the division because the Chargers are still too good. A record of 7-9 could be achievable if Cassel has a decent season, and Glenn Dorsey begins to anchor the defensive line.
Look for the Chiefs to grab an offensive tackle, to bring Cassel along slowly, and to finish with either a 6-10 or 7-9 record.
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