Projecting the 2013 Impact for Kansas City's Selections

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIMay 1, 2013

Projecting the 2013 Impact for Kansas City's Selections

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    The 2013 NFL draft surprised a lot of football fans around the league. The Kansas City Chiefs had a couple of surprises of their own and hope that it will help better the franchise moving forward.

    General manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid completed their first draft with the Kansas City Chiefs. Although the Chiefs have some talent on the roster (despite going 2-14 last year), the team seeks young players who can come in and contribute right away.

    In this slideshow, I will go over each draft pick and talk about how they can contribute to the Chiefs. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts below after reading the slideshow.

Round 1, Pick 1 (1): Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan

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    Left tackle Branden Albert remained with the team during the draft, but that doesn't mean he won't be traded soon for a future draft pick.

    That makes it easy for the Chiefs to place Eric Fisher at the left side. Being the No. 1 pick in the draft, a lot is expected of Fisher. Quarterback Alex Smith and running back Jamaal Charles love the addition and want to take advantage of having Fisher on the offensive line every time they can.

     

     

    First projected in 2013


    Week 1

     

     

    Projected statistics in 2013


    3.0 sacks allowed, three penalties

Round 3, Pick 1 (63): Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

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    Travis Kelce has a lot of upside and can find a lot of success during his rookie season with Smith as his quarterback. Due to Tony Moeaki's uncertainty with injuries, Kelce is likely to see more action and make a bigger impact.

    In Reid's pass-oriented offense, Kelce is a necessary component to help the Chiefs find success. Smith, who had a good connection with 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, hopes to do the same with Kelce.

     

     

    First projected in 2013


    Week 4

     

     

    Projected statistics in 2013


    35 catches, 490 yards, three touchdowns

Round 3, Pick 34 (96) (Compensatory pick): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

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    Knile Davis has a lot of potential, but his injury in 2011 made it hard for him in 2012. The Chiefs, who are thin on running backs, decided to take a chance on Davis.

    Although Reid likes to throw the ball more, Kansas City's running backs will still do some work in the ground game.

    The biggest concern surrounding Davis is his health. If he returns to his 2010 form, Davis will be a huge third-round steal for the Chiefs.

     

     

    First projected in 2013


    No projected starts.

     

     

    Projected statistics in 2013


    45 carries, 175 yards, one touchdown.

    15 catches, 120 yards.

Round 4, Pick 2 (99): Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama

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    The Chiefs have a sure starter in Derrick Johnson on the inside with Akeem Jordan beside him. The Chiefs used a high fourth-round pick on Nico Johnson, who comes from a successful Alabama program.

    As of now, Nico Johnson is likely to start his rookie year behind Derrick Johnson and Jordan. But throughout the season, Chiefs fans can expect him to rotate with the starters a lot, and perhaps start a couple of games at some point.

    Being part of two consecutive championship wins, Nico Johnson has a winning mentality and can bring it to Kansas City and hope for the same success down the road.

     

     

    First projected in 2013


    Week 14

     

     

    Projected statistics in 2013


    25 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Round 5, Pick 1 (134): Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia

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    With Brandon Flowers already on the roster, the Chiefs added Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson earlier this offseason. The Chiefs decided to recruit another cornerback in Sanders Commings through the draft.

    In a pass-heavy league, the Chiefs can use all the help they can get at cornerback. Among the active cornerbacks on the Chiefs, Commings is one of five to be drafted, while the other three were free-agent signings. Commings will be competing against a lot of young guys for a spot on the team and will likely be part of the 53-man roster, seeing some time on defense along with special teams.

     

     

    First projected in 2013


    No projected starts.

     

     

    Projected statistics in 2013


    15 tackles.

Round 6, Pick 2 (170): Eric Kush, C, California (PA)

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    Rodney Hudson became the team's new starting center, but went out for the season after just three games. Hudson's replacement for the remainder of the 2012 season, Ryan Lilja, retired and the Chiefs need to build some depth.

    Eric Kush was added to the roster this past weekend late in the draft. The likelihood of him starting a game is very low and may only happen if Hudson goes down to injury again.

     

     

    First projected in 2013


    No projected start.

     

     

    Projected statistics in 2013


    No projected stats.

Round 6, Pick 36 (204) (Compensatory Pick): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State

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    Being a local college football player, Braden Wilson won't have a hard time winning over some fans in Kansas City. As a fullback on the team, he will have to impress the coaching staff in training camp and the preseason to secure a spot on the team.

    The good news for Wilson is that fullback was a need for the Chiefs. The Chiefs only have Patrick DiMarco and Ryan D'Imperio on the team.

    Wilson can be a big asset to Charles and build big holes for him in the running game. Don't be surprised to see him getting a few starts as a rookie.

     

     

    First projected in 2013


    Week 5

     

     

    Projected statistics in 2013


    10 carries, 15 yards.

    Five catches, 20 yards.

Round 7, Pick 1 (207): Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton

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    Life in the NFL can always be a challenge for players taken very late in the draft. But Mike Catapano knows that the opportunity to find a spot on the team is possible. The Chiefs want to improve from their two-win season and find a way to get better on all three facets of the game.

    Catapano probably won't see much action as a defensive player, but he could be part of Kansas City's special teams unit in some way.

     

     

    First projected in 2013


    No projected starts.

     

     

    Projected statistics in 2013


    Five tackles.