In the immediate aftermath of the grueling two-day sojourn the NFL's Draft has become, it's difficult not to feel a bit like a kid on Christmas morning with a slew of shiny new playthings under the tree.
Unfortunately, it's impossible to open all these gifts in one fell swoop. There's no orgy of excess here to experience because these gifts have to reveal themselves by the way they walk and talk and work and most importantly, by their performances on the field of play.
At the end of the first day of the draft I wrote Scott Pioli had morphed from a guru into an enigma...and it felt that way after waiting for some fireworks all day only to see KC make a single solitary pick. No blockbuster trade...no adding a pick in the second round, nada...zippo...yawn!!
What I forgot about Pioli is his reputation for being a guru is based on two things; great trades, and an astute eye for football talent, particularly in the later rounds.
Today, he looks to be more guru than enigma. Though a man who seldom reveals the actual content of his mind to us except through his actual decisions/actions is likely to remain an enigma to some degree no matter what. And I personally think he likes it that way.
It's too soon for a really serious analysis of the Chiefs draft, but my first impressions are as follows:
Tyson Jackson: I love this pick, and I suspect all of you will eventually if not today.
Alex Magee: See comment above.
Donald Washington: This could end up being the steal of the entire 2009 draft. He has remarkable first round talent. If KC can put him in a situation that nurtures him and provides him with the support he needs, and I think they can, he could become a 10 year Pro-Bowl Cornerback for us. Absolutely the quintessential Pioli pick.
Colin Brown: Whodathunk Cinderella was a 6'8" 325 lb offensive tackle from Mizzou? This is a guy from the area who grew up going to games at Arrowhead and dreaming of running out of that tunnel.
A guy who wants to be a Chief. On the whole I really love this pick too; he's a huge man, not a sloppy fat guy. Pioli says they see him as a right tackle. Again, very much a Pioli kind of pick.
I haven't had much of a chance to look at the rest of the guys, but I agree with the basic selections of a WR, RB, TE and a Kicker.
I don't think you can read too much into the LJ situation with this RB, but it still sends a message to LJ and it hedges their bets with him.
Later in the week, after some more thought and research I'll have a more in-depth analysis of this draft and what it means.
This will also give the team a chance to sign some undrafted free agents, and I do believe they're going to find some keepers out there. Because this year's draft was so deep I don't think teams up to now have had as much time to spend in that area as they do most years.
Stay tuned, Chiefs fans...same bat time, same bat channel.