The signing of linebacker Zach Thomas has made fans wonder if the Chiefs are looking away from drafting linebacker Aaron Curry out of Wake Forest.
Zach Thomas is 36, my friends, not a long term solution. The Chiefs have gone from a very young team to an aging team. Between Thomas, Mike Vrable, and Bobby Engram there is a total of 51 years of experience. 51 years for Pete-sake!
With two veteran linebackers and Derrick Johnson there is still one vacant position left in the 3-4 defense, which supposedly is what the Chiefs will be switching to.
So do the Chiefs take Curry? When you're as bad as the Chiefs are you need to get the best available player. That player is Curry. So unless the Rams take Curry at two, I think the Chiefs would be stupid to pass on him.
Curry would be a perfect fit in the 3-4 and the Chiefs would go from one of the worst line backing corps to one of the best.
The Chiefs also have a great need for a pass rusher. Curry has all the contribute to be a pass rusher but never was one at Wake Forest. So if the Chiefs decided to trade down and be able to get Brian Orakpo they would be accomplishing one of their biggest needs.
Another possible pick for the Chiefs is to stay at three and pick up a prime offensive lineman. If the Detroit Lions take a quarterback and the Rams get Curry the Chiefs would have to choose between Eugene Monroe or Jason Smith.
Even if the Rams take a lineman the Chiefs could still get the one the Rams did not take if they don't want Curry. Personally, if the Chiefs were to take a lineman, I would want Eugene Monroe.
Monroe is the same guy that forced Brandon Albert to play left guard at Virginia. Monroe is a force and if drafted, he and Albert would make some pretty great tackles. A lineman would also help at keeping quarterback Matt Cassel of his back.
Some have also wondered if maybe Micheal Crabtree would be a possible pick at three. I disagree. The Chiefs need to fill their needs and at this point I don't think wide receiver is a big enough need to take one with their first round pick.
Crabtree will be a good, maybe great, receiver. but the Chiefs would benefit more with a Pro-Bowl lineman or linebacker than a receiver.
I would be shocked, maybe even stunned, if the Chiefs don't end up with about 7-8 draft picks. They may trade down to stash picks or trade a player or two. Supposedly the Atlanta Falcons are now seriously interested in tight end Tony Gonzalez in exchange for a second round pick—55th overall.
So with the draft only a couple of weeks away, I along with many other Chiefs fans. will be hanging on tight in hope.
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