Which quarterback will Andy Reid choose?
After the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 win in the Super Bowl last night, the Kansas City Chiefs are officially on the clock.The Chiefs possess not only the No.1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but also picks No. 34, o.63, No. 96, No. 127, No. 160, No. 191 in rounds two through seven respectively.
On top of that, the team may very well get a third- and seventh-round compensation pick according to Blogging the Beast. Will all these picks, the Chiefs seemed poised to add not only impact talent, but quality depth in the draft...although probably not this guy.
The UCLA Tight End has yet to stand out in postseason all-star games and time is running out. He is not likely to wow scouts with an impressive 40 time at the combine either, as he has never been known for his speed.
Something about Fauria is intriguing though.
At 6'7" and 255 pounds, Fauria is in theory a matchup nightmare due to his size. His 12 receiving touchdowns this season are almost unsurprising when taking this into account. He may not be anything more than a red-zone target, but that would be a value pick this late in the draft.
The Oklahoma quarterback could be a Pro Bowler if the NFL was a seven-on-seven league. Unfortunately teams blitz, and when they do, Landry Jones looks about as bad as a player can.
Jones had perhaps the roughest Senior Bowl of any prospect and is sliding fast towards late round to undrafted territory. So why take him late? Because Landry Jones has a strong arm even by NFL standards, which he can pair with elite size and accuracy when he has a clean pocket.
He will be a risk, but if Andy Reid truly is the quarterback whisperer, Landry Jones is a developmental prospect with high upside.
The Nebraska running back was hurt for much of his senior season and saw his draft stock suffer as a result. It is important to remember just how good he was when he was healthy, though.
At 5’11" and 210 pounds, Burkhead has the build to carry the load without wearing down at the next level. He would only be asked to shoulder some of the load in Kansas City.
More important than measurables, though, is how Burkhead plays. His size and speed are good but not great, though his vision sets him apart. Burkhead rarely misses a cutback lane, and that is almost all that matters in a one-cut running system.
Burkhead could immediately come in and be the productive second running back the Chiefs had hoped for in Peyton Hillis.
Boyd had not been in the spotlight until this week at the Senior Bowl, where he was constantly in the backfield along with Ezekiel Ansah. The Mississippi State defensive tackle also stood out on tape as well.
At 6’3" and 312 pounds, he is hard to miss, but has somehow gone under the radar.
He will not post high sack numbers at the next level, but still has a strong game. He profiles as a one-gap run stuffer who will occasionally reach the passer. The biggest problem with his game right now is that he tries to overpower everyone and will need to develop some block shedding moves instead of getting into shoving matches.
Still, Boyd is a developmental project that could pay big dividends down the road.
The USC safety had a solid Senior Bowl, but will it be enough to offset his poor senior season?
McDonald showed flashes of being a good cover safety, who can play the run as well, down in Mobile. He likely still has some developing to do, but would provide an excellent option as a third safety who can play on passing downs.
McDonald may have made a mistake coming back for his senior year, but he could still be a starter down the line.
With all the buzz around other corners from the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game, Amerson seems almost like a forgotten man. The North Carolina State junior may fall even further if he does not have a great NFL combine (his timed speed is not elite).
Amerson did not help himself this season either, with poor games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt to open and close the season. That being said, besides those games, Amerson played very well and had 13 interceptions just one season ago.
Amerson still possesses the elite ball skills, size (6’2") and cover skills that make a successful NFL corner. He could be an immediate upgrade over Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown as a rookie. The Chiefs lucked out when Brandon Flowers dropped to them due to poorly timed speed.
It is pure conjecture at this point, but perhaps they could strike gold again with Amerson.
Even if they re-sign Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs still need another wide receiver to play opposite of him. Jonathan Baldwin has flopped in his attempt at being a quality No. 2 receiver, Steve Breaston rarely played last year and Dexter McCluster is at best a slot receiver.
Rogers would give the Chiefs a threat on the other side of the field.
He has decent height at 6’2" and plays with an incredible combination of size and speed. As an SEC sophomore, he tore the league up. He is never jammed off the line, is a good route-runner and possesses impressive hands as well. He does have some off-the-field issues with failed drug tests, but Rogers also has Julio Jones caliber upside.
He could be the steal of the draft.
The temptation to add a cornerback or receiver with this pick will be strong, but the Chiefs will have to resist.
Jones, the guard/tackle/center out of Alabama, played all over the offensive line in college and could fill in wherever the Chiefs need him to play. His versatility would be welcome to an offensive-line unit that was constantly in flux last year due to injuries.
On top of all this, Jones’ excellent technique and footwork make him a good fit for the zone-blocking scheme that the Chiefs use.
Jones may not wow teams with athleticism, but he will be a long-time quality starter on the offensive line.
No matter who the Chiefs take No. 1 overall, they are going to ruffle some feathers. Personally I’d love for them to take Dee Milliner and add a lockdown corner, but that seems unlikely to happen.
My guess is that they end up taking the quarterback of Andy Reid’s choice with their first pick. Right now that would seem to be Geno Smith, although I cannot say for sure what Reid is thinking. They very well could take Luke Joekel at this spot as well. A lot depends on how things go with Branden Albert in free agency.
One thing is sure, though, it will be tough to pass on a quarterback with the top pick after seeing quarterback play derail this past season.