Still in February and 2 full months away from the NFL Draft, all a lot of us can think about is football and who our respective teams will select.
The Chiefs had a good draft two years ago, and a very mediocre one last year, but 2010 seems primed and ready for this infant regime to really make an impact on the future of the Chiefs with 3 draft choices in the first 50 picks.
At the top of the draft, like every year, there is some elite talent at a few positions, mainly on defense. Defensive tackles Suh and McCoy are phenomenal, as is Safety Eric Berry.
Safety is a big time concern for the Chiefs, and if Berry falls to them at #5 there is no reason they should let him pass. Ball-hawking safeties are becoming even more important in a league where teams are passing more and more the rules are making it harder and harder for physical play on the wide receivers.
While at the moment it seems like a 50-50 chance that Berry will be available when the Chiefs pick, I made up two mock drafts for both scenarios; Scenario 1 if Berry is available, and Scenario 2 if he is not.
**These are more so what I think the Chiefs SHOULD do, and not necessarily what I think they WILL do**
1. Eric Berry (FS) Berry would start from day one because of his playmaking ability, and Jarrad Page can fill the SS role for the time being, as he’s built for that position anyway being listed at 6’0” and 225 lbs.
2a. Maurkice Pouncey (OC) He’s a great athlete and by far the best center in this year’s draft, and supposedly he can also play guard. Our luck with changing linemen positions is exactly spectacular, and leaving him at center will work just fine, and he should be able to start immediately.
2b. Terrence Cody (NT) Nose tackle is one of the bigger needs for the Chiefs even though Ron Edwards played pretty well last year. Edwards though isn’t getting any younger, and would be better playing in a rotation than every down. Cody gives the Chiefs that option as well as the best run-stuffer in the draft.
The biggest knock on Cody is his endurance—that he can only play 2 downs and cannot put pressure on the quarterback on third down. This bothered me at first a little bit until I remembered that in any passing situation last year we switched to the 2-5 formation with Tyson Jackson and either Alex Magee or Glenn Dorsey. Ron Edwards only played two downs last year anyway.
3. Jermaine Cunningham (OLB) Mike Vrabel is a seasoned pro and a good leader, but he will be around for one more year at best and needs a replacement. Tamba Hali adapted very well to the position last year getting a career high 8.5 sacks, and can be even better with a speed rusher on the other side.
4. Kyle Calloway (RT/OG) The linemen at Iowa play in a zone blocking scheme which the Chiefs started running last year which worked extremely well with Jamaal Charles. Calloway is a very physical lineman and can play either RT or Guard for the Chiefs this season.
5a. LeGarrette Blount (RB) Charles was the second best running back in the league for the final 8 games last season behind the Titan’s Chris Johnson, but a bruising running back to spell him at the goal line can do nothing but help.
5b. Walter Thurmond (CB) Late round picks are perfect for taking fliers on players, and this is exactly what this is. Thurmond tore up his knee last September returning a kick for the Oregon Ducks, ending his season. As expected, he will not be able to work out at the combine, and it shouldn’t be until the beginning of the 2010 season will his knee be at full strength again.
However, before the injury, he was an absolute playmaker for the Ducks as a good cover corner with ball skills. Letting him recover and develop for a year would do him wonders and the Chiefs could get a very good No. 2 corner to play opposite Brandon Flowers.
5c. Kerry Meier (WR) Kerry Meier reminds me a lot of Indianapolis receiver Austin Collie. Neither of them are blazing fast or particularly quick, but they run very good routes, find soft spots in zones and can be a quarterback’s best friend getting consistently open from the slot position. Meier was a former QB and understands coverages very well and would be able to work back to Matt Cassel and get open anytime he is under duress.
Let me know what you guys think. If you disagree on picks I want to know why. I'm up for some lively discussion.