How Will Zach Thomas' Signing Affect the Kansas City Chiefs' First Round Pick?

Tyler SimmonsContributor IApril 12, 2009

So far, the Chiefs have had one huge offseason. They've made move after move in order to compete next year.

They've added two veteran linebackers in Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas and now have a very solid linebacking corps with Vrabel, Derrick Johnson, and Thomas. 

But now that I look at that, I don't see a whole lot of room for Aaron Curry, the Chiefs' projected pick in this year's NFL Draft. I'm not counting him out, but would the Chiefs be this aggressive going after linebackers if they're sold on Curry at the No. 3 spot?

Another possibility is they are sold on him but are not sure if he will fall to them at the third pick. Would St. Louis take Curry over an offensive lineman, which is probably the Rams' weakest position?

The Rams could also have their minds set on building a solid defense with first round picks. This would be St. Louis' fourth straight year drafting a defensive player in the first round if they do.

I just don't see it happening though. I don't think the Chiefs do either, which means they must not be sold on Curry. 

The player this really affects is Michael Crabtree. I think the Chiefs realize they have no threat in the wide receiver department other than Dwayne Bowe, and they need to give Matt Cassel some other weapons. 

You might disagree with me, but at this point, I see the Chiefs leaning heavily towards Crabtree with the third overall pick. 

I don't think they'd add this much depth to the linebacker spot just to add yet another with a first round pick.

I can't say I'm upset about this either. We've seen what Todd Haley can do with a good wide receiver combo in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. 

Crabtree can be an instant impact player. I see him as an absolute clone of Larry Fitzgerald, with the three qualities essential in wide receivers: height, speed, and great hands.

My only hope now is that come draft day, commissioner Roger Goodell says Michael Crabtree's name when the Chiefs are on the clock.