This Is Scenario Two (if Eric Berry is off the Board) Mock Draft for the Chiefs
Still in February and two 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 three draft choices in the first 50 picks.
For the Chiefs, the Draft could hinge on one specific player. That player is Tennessee Volunteer safety Eric Berry. If he is available, like I stated in Scenario One , I just don't think the Chiefs can let an elite talent like him slip through their fingers.
However, as it currently seems to be a 50-50 chance on whether Berry is there at the No. five pick, I felt compelled to compile a mock draft for both possible scenarios.
** These are more so what I think the Chiefs SHOULD do, and not necessarily what I think they WILL do**
1. Russell Okung (LT) While Brandon Albert seemed to do better in the last part of the season, I don’t think the Chiefs brass can afford to find out if it was an anomaly. Matt Cassel is being paid $60 million and he needs to be kept upright.
There are various ways in which the Chiefs could shuffle around all of their linemen, but having too many is always better than having too few.
2a. Brandon Spikes (ILB) Some people are pushing to take Rolando McClain with the No. 5 pick, but Spikes is almost as good and will likely be available a round later. The value here is phenomenal for this kind of player. He’s not the fastest guy but is a great overall football player and has gotten the better of former Alabama LT Andre Smith when asked to blitz.
2b. Terrence Cody (NT) Cody’s stock is dropping like a rock, especially after the senior bowl weigh-in pictures but I’m not worried about that a bit (as long as he takes a cue from Andre Smith and doesn’t run shirtless at the combine).
Sure, he may only be able to play two out of every three or four snaps, but on those snaps, he is going to be the only thing on the minds of at least two offensive linemen. Not only that, but the Chiefs went into a 2-5 formation without a nose tackle on passing downs anyway, which makes this a match made in heaven.
3. Myron Rolle (SS) The question every GM will be asking him at the combine is whether he can commit to a career in the NFL. He showed that he is committed by still finding time to work out every day while attending Oxford this past year studying to be a neurosurgeon. He showed up to the Senior Bowl so ripped I thought he was going to pull a T.O. and start doing sit ups while talking to reporters.
Rolle is brilliant, and it shows on the field. It may take him all of training camp to get him back running and reacting at football speed, but it will pay off in the long run and he could start week one.
4. Austin Lane (OLB) This small school prospect is the kind of guy coaches drool over. He’s got a relentless motor like Tamba Hali, never gives up, has an array of pass rushing moves, and displays excellent quickness (did I mention he played WR as well as DE in high school?). Oh, and he’s 6’6” and 265 lbs.
His play in the senior bowl is garnering him more and more attention, and after the combine he may shoot up to a second or third round pick, but wherever the Chiefs can get him, I’d advise them to do so.
5a. LeGarrette Blount (RB) Like Lane, Blount’s stock will more than likely rise after the combine to the third or fourth round range and may not be available in this slot. Your guess is as good as mine, but I’ve seen mocks having him go anywhere from round three through seven. He is definitely the kind of power running back (weighing in at 245 lbs.) that Jamaal Charles needs to spell him near the goal line.
5b. Brandon Carter (OG) Living in Big 12 country and getting to watch this guy once or twice a year for the past couple years really makes me appreciate this guy and the way he plays football. I mean, the only day of the year that this guy doesn’t paint his face is Halloween.
He is a big, (6'6" 330 lb.) no-nonsense lineman who has no problem punching his opponent in the mouth once the ball is snapped. I had a lot more apprehension drafting a guard who plays most snaps out of the unconventional two-point stance before last season - Louis Vasquez, who played the guard position opposite of Carter in 2008, was drafted by San Diego in the late rounds. He became an immediate starter and an excellent run blocker.
5c. Kerry Meier (WR) Kerry Meier reminds me a lot of Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver Austin Collie. Neither of them are blazing fast or particularly quick, but they run very good routes, find soft spots in zones, have hands like glue, 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.