Hey Toby Gerhart, Welcome to the Draft

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Toby Gerhart #7 of the Stanford Cardinal is congratulated by fans, with one holding a Toby 4 Heisman sign, after they beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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An announcement was made today by former Stanford running back Toby Gerhart in regards to his late entry into the 2010 NFL Draft.

A Heisman Trophy runner up, Gerhart originally planned to complete his fifth and final senior year at Stanford, and possibly try and earn that Heisman Trophy that many fans felt he deserved.

The No. 7 is constantly seen among Stanford crowds at home and away games, and with the stats he is posting, it's no wonder why.  Last year alone he rushed for 1,871 yards and 28 touchdowns.  To me those stats seem almost NFL like, right?

Speaking of the NFL, where would Toby fit in amongst the vast array of teams that are desperate for a running game? 

Although he is unlikely to be taken as the first pick, he will definitely be up there among other College superstars such as Jimmy Clausen, Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, and Ndamukong Suh. 

After analyzing which teams need a run game more than anything else, I came up with a suitable answer.  The Kansas City Chiefs.

A running back is already present in Kansas City, but he isn't a guy that is exactly going to win numerous games for the Chiefs.  Jamaal Charles is his name, and at the moment football does seem to be his game.  He rushed for 1,120 yards last season and seven touchdowns. Jamaal posted fairly solid stats compared to how the Chiefs season turned out.

With this said though, the Chiefs still lack that explosive guy in their roster that they can go to if they need a big play.  To me, Toby Gerhart would fit that mold.  Although he may not jump the gun and start off fantastically in Kansas City (god knows Matt Cassel didn't), he is the sort of running back that the Chiefs can build on and condition over a period of time.

With the Lions, Rams, Buccaneers, and Redskins above them in the draft, Gerhart may be a likely pick for the Chiefs come April.

"I want to give special thanks to coach (Jim) Harbaugh for resurrecting the program, running backs coach Willie Taggart for making me the player I am today, and the Tunnel Workers Union (O-line) for doing the dirty work which made my life easier," Gerhart said in a press release from the school. "We've been through a lot of adversity during my time here, but I'm extremely proud to have been part of the class that brought Stanford football back to national prominence."

A great young man with a lot of promise could go a long way in a Chiefs organization that is rebuilding.  Don't be surprised if they take him as their first pick. He would be a great option for head coach Todd Haley to build on and perfect, and possibly fill the void that Larry Johnson left behind.