Braden Wilson to Kansas City: How Does Fullback Fit with Chiefs?
With the second of their two compensatory picks in this year's draft, the Chiefs selected Braden Wilson of Kansas State, a 251-pound fullback who touched the ball only 11 times in 2012.
Wilson may not be any sort of offensive threat, but as a few folks pointed out on Twitter, Wilson could be of assistance in helping the weapons the Chiefs already have succeed.
Braden Wilson is a good 'search' blocker. Old school style of play. Big reason for Colin Klein's success near the goal line #Chiefs— DRAFTNASTY (@DraftnastyCom) April 27, 2013
6 (204) #Chiefs FB Braden Wilson: unproven as a ballcarrier, but was the unsung hero on KSU’s offense; tough, old-school blocker— NFLDraftScout.com (@DraftScout) April 27, 2013
In that respect, this was a sound draft choice by Kansas City. The fullback may have gone the way of the horse-and-buggy and AOL on many NFL teams, but in Andy Reid's West Coast offense, it's still a position with a measure of value.
The Chiefs were also in a position where upgrading at fullback wasn't a bad idea. 2012 starter Patrick DiMarco was barely used as a rookie, but at the end of the day, he's a below-average blocker.
How would you grade the selection of Kansas State fullback Braden Wilson?
Wilson, on the other hand, was one of college football's top players at his position a season ago, a hard-nosed blocker whose past as a defensive end shows in the nasty streak he displays while engaging defenders.
The door should be wide-open for Wilson to step into the starting lineup from day one, and looking at it from that perspective, it's usually a "win" any time a team can find a starter this late in the draft.
However, the fact of the matter is that the Chiefs probably could have made this pick in the seventh round—or even not at all. There's a better-than-average chance that Wilson would have gone undrafted, and in choosing him, Kansas City left a ton of talent in a deep draft class on the board.
For that reason, I gave this pick a "C" in my Chiefs' draft tracker here at Bleacher Report. Sure, it's good that Kansas City got a probable starter and capable blocker in Wilson, but it feels like they reached to do so.
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