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Chiefs Draft: Is This All I Get?

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 21:  Santa Claus watches from the front row during the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs on December 21, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Craig BrownCorrespondent IApril 27, 2009

The 2009 NFL Draft is now behind us, thankfully. Personally, I don't know how the allure of this monster has become what it has...on second thought, yes I do.

It is not the attraction to Kiper's hair, McShay's disagreements with Kiper, or the so-called experts handing out of "A's" and "B's" like an underwater basket weaving instructor hands out grades to student athletes.

The interest is sparked by the ray of hope and excitement that comes with a new crop of players, similar to a child opening a new group of gifts on Christmas morning.

On the eve of the NFL draft, teams dream of unrealistic scenarios in which they discover the mother load of football immortality, just as a child fills lists with the biggest and best toys on the pages of the Toys R Us Sunday circular.

When the draft is over, the draft pundits and fans alike will critique their respective teams' picks, the way a child sorts through new gifts until they decide to move on to the next big thing.

For the NFL, that next big thing is signing rookie free agents, scouring other teams' castoffs, and attempting to the fill the holes their draft board left unfilled.

The Kansas City Chiefs' 2009 NFL draft class reminds me of a child receiving an age-inappropriate gift that might be great in the future, but is kind of a bummer right now.  

I think Chiefs fans in general were expecting more of a splash from first year GM Scott Pioli and new head coach Todd Haley.

I didn't feel any overwhelming sense of excitement with any of the picks, though I do feel there is potential for great things in the future.  

The lack of movement within the draft itself left me wondering if some Raiders fan had disconnected the Chiefs phone lines. Didn't this guy learn from the Patriots?

The upcoming weeks will be sure to surround Chiefs Nation with more new players, difficult personnel decisions, and hopefully, a more clear look in to the future of the franchise.

As for now, all we have is a mildly disappointed group of fans eager to see the next big thing our team will give us. Help at receiver, a trade to get LJ out of town, and a clearing of the mud on our D-line, are first on my list.

Hopefully, as the smoke clears, we won't find ourselves asking, "Is this all I get?"

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