Why Nobody Should Be Surprised If the Chiefs Select Dion Jordan No. 1 Overall

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Why Nobody Should Be Surprised If the Chiefs Select Dion Jordan No. 1 Overall
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Kansas City Chiefs fans are used to being surprised on NFL draft day. 

From recent picks like Tyson Jackson to Dontari Poe, Kansas City seems to be comfortable keeping its fans on their toes, while selecting players some may consider to be a reach.

Nevertheless, with new management in place, this year would appear to be different.

Alex Smith is now in the fold, and the Chiefs should be pleased to see two franchise-quality left tackles staring them dead in the eye with their No. 1 overall pick.

After all, both Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher are certainly deserving candidates for the selection, and with a need at the position, the decision would all but seem to be between these two players—or so you would think. 

According to Bleacher Report's Ryan Riddle, there appears to be a new candidate who has entered the discussion and is certainly in play for the coveted No. 1 overall pick.

If true, this would obviously throw a huge wrench into the process, but how much should we really be buying into this? And more importantly, does it even make any sense for the Chiefs at the end of the day?

Ahead I'll try to answer each of these questions for you and argue the case for why Jordan to the Chiefs is a move that may just have some merit to it.

However, it might be helpful to first consider the alternative.

 

The Case Against Jordan

Here's an interesting draft nugget about new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. In his 14 years as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, he made a total of 12 first-round draft selections.

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In Philadelphia, Reid spent eight of his twelve first-round draft picks on trench players.

Can you guess the number of picks he spent on trench players?

Eight.

In other words, 66 percent of the time Reid used his first-round pick to select either an offensive or defensive lineman.

So why would he stray from that draft philosophy now—especially considering all of the Chiefs' needs, offensive or defensive linemen appear to be the most pressing overall?

Then there's also the question of where they would play Jordan and how they could use him.

Currently, the Chiefs have both Justin Houston and Tamba Hali locked in as their outside linebacker spots, meaning adding Jordan would definitely require some shuffling and roster rearrangement.

Certainly, the only way bringing Jordan into the fold makes sense then is by either trading one of the aforementioned players, or plugging Jordan in next to Derrick Johnson as the other starting inside linebacker.

However, a move like that would fail to take full advantage of Jordan's unique physical gifts—most notably his ability to rush the passer.

Two of the bigger reasons why—all things being considered—selecting Jordan would seem to make little sense for the Chiefs at No. 1 moving forward.

 

The Case for Jordan

In 2012, the Chiefs tied for the third-least sacks in the entire NFL with a mere 27 overall, per NFL.com.

The other notable part of this statistic?

Of the Chiefs' 27 overall sacks last season, 19 of them were produced by just two players:

Hali and Houston.

We've already discussed that both of these players are certainly not the cause of the problem, but could adding one more pass-rusher be the missing link for the Chiefs defense?

After all, Kansas City has to feel good about its recent additions to the secondary during free agency in both Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson. 

Adding a player of Jordan's caliber could be the piece that sets them over the top. 

Just look at the video below from ESPN's Sports Science to see the amount of upside Jordan presents to a potential defense due to his off-the-charts athleticism.

According to their tests, Jordan ranks just behind Dwight Freeney and above Jason Pierre-Paul—a player Reid passed on in favor of Brandon Graham back in 2010 while with Philadelphia.

Certainly, he would be hard-pressed to make the same mistake twice if he really believes Jordan has what it takes to reach that caliber of play.

 

Final Word

Look, clearly the Chiefs need more production from their defensive linemen in 2013, but players with Jordan's versatility and dynamic ability don't come around all too often.

His ability to line up and rush the passer or drop back in coverage are completely unique traits.

Traits that have at the very least piqued the interest of Chiefs management, judging from the battalion the team sent to Jordan's pro day in Eugene on March 14, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

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Obviously, the Chiefs seem to be at least considering Jordan, and I give them credit for doing their due diligence. 

And while he's certainly not the odds-on favorite, if there is anything to take from this article it is this:

The Chiefs appear to be keeping their options open and cards close to their chests.

At this point, we'll be lucky to know the answer before the night of April 25.

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