With the free agent season basically over, the offseason has really helped in pinpointing our needs come draft day and who we might select. With a number of moves made, including the additions of Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, and Emmitt Thomas as coaches, there is a lot potential come next year.
Like every other mock, this is based off speculation and has no bearing on reality. But since they are fun to do, here's my newest one.
Come on is this really a surprise? I know this is more of the same, but it is very likely that he falls to us. Nobody wants to pay top five money to a safety because they are "luxuries" and not a big part of the defense supposedly. Really?! Tell that to Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu. Go ahead, just tell them that, I'll wait...
This whole safety stigma needs to stop. With the NFL becoming more passing oriented (including our own AFC West by the way), a center fielder of Berry's caliber isn't someone you should pass on, no pun intended. Besides who else is worth it here, Okung will be gone to either the Lions or Redskins. It doesn't seem like anyone will trade up for a QB since Seattle just picked up that 3rd stringer and Suh will definitely be gone I'm sorry to say.
The reason I mentioned Reed and Polamalu is simple; they are both a major part of a 3-4 defense, something we now run here. They may not have been top five picks, but if teams could go back wouldn't they have taken them in the top five?
Our inability to stop the big play last year was a big problem and cost us some games (that Cowboys game still haunts me). Not re-signing Mike Brown or any of the other FAs tells me that we'll be looking for our starter in the Draft, and what better starter than Berry.
Sure he may fit the FS role better but the great thing about Berry is he can play every position in the secondary and should have no problem taking over at SS. A tandem of Berry and Flowers can shut down half the field, now if we could just fix that Run D...
You know its funny, a month ago I would've said there's no way that Tate falls to us in the second round, and its hard to believe someone won't come in to scoop him up.
However lets look at the facts: his measurables don't jump out at you as elite, and his explosiveness is a big question mark. But what he lacks in size he makes up for in his work ethic.
He's got great hands, runs crisp routes, and being a former RB he knows how to run after the catch. Even his "biggest problem," speed, is a non-issue since at the Combine he ran a 4.42.
He's tough and high character, a Pioli mantra, and will work hard every play to move the chains. He knows a pro-style offense and he played under Weis, his former Head Coach, and has reportedly said it would be a "dream" to play for him again.
He should easily compete for the No. 3 spot with Jerheme Urban if not take it over from day one and once Chris Chambers' time in KC has come to an end, look for him to compete for the No. 2 spot.
Some of you are scratching your heads on this one, since everyone and their mother says that Cam Thomas or Terrence Cody is better and they've always been the choice up to this point.
I highly doubt Thomas or Cody falls to us here, since so many teams are switching to a 3-4, NT need has gone through the roof. It may be a bit of a reach, but would you really be surprised if Pioli "reached" again?
With the acquisition of Shaun Smith I don't think Pioli will go after Dan Williams who might just be looking for a big pay check anyway. It gives us the opportunity to look elsewhere in the first round, but don't think that Pioli won't pick up a NT like Troup in the second or third rounds to develop.
Crennel has spoken highly of Troup, saying he is very "coachable." It seems like he'd fit our Right 53, and in a couple years could take over the NT spot. With two great DEs, and 2 actual NTs on the roster look for the Defense to be much better next year.
Round 2 Pick 64: Vladimir Ducasse RT/RG UMass 6'4" 332 Lbs
Scott Fujita left the Saints and I don't think they've found his replacement. They don't get Sean Weatherspoon in the first round and being a year removed from the Super Bowl they are a team built to win now.
DJ seems like he fits their system much better than ours, and I think a change of scenery will do him a lot of good. This is the most I think we'll get for him, and if a trade opportunity like this arises we should bite.
Since Ducasse is still sitting their we decide to take him. we've shown interest in him before, Pioli even went to one of his practices. Although he struggled at the Senior Bowl his future NFL position seems to be RT/RG and although we had some pretty admirable play from ROC, he still allowed way to many sacks and I think he's nothing more than a backup.
Ducasse will take some time to learn the pro game but after a year or so should be capable of taking the RT spot over.
Oh how the mighty have fallen. It isn't looking good for this former projected first rounder. His ridiculously slow 40 time (5.01, in comparison Glenn Dorsey ran a 5.12. Ouch.) isn't a good sign and it seems that he will be confined to a 3-4 ILB.
We are slowly waiting and since no one else was interested, and since our ILBs were really lacking last year we decide to get Spikes.
He provides leadership and the run stuffer we've been searching for, and with some true NT in there this season his play will definitely be elevated.
Although he may be a liability on passing downs, he's at least adequate in pass coverage and with a Berry-Flowers tandem it shouldn't be to big of a deal.
A converted FB, Petrus is very athletic and sets his feet quickly for pass protection. He knows how to get to the second level to block, but he's a raw talent and doesn't have the strength to run-block effectively.
However this guy will be a purely developmental prospect. Our line is basically set for the season with all of the OL signings. However Waters and Wiegmann are getting older and while its true that lineman age gracefully we've gotta think about the future at some point.
Petrus has a lot of potential, and learning under a guy like Waters can only help him.
Although we've got TJ its always nice to bring in some competition. Bell played Division II but he dominated there and won their "Heisman." He also did almost everything for his team: rushing, returning kicks, pass catching, goal line, etc.
He's a good ZBS runner because he finds a hole and shoots, breaks arm tackles with ease, and although he may not out run you he'll fight for every yard. Having him under the tutelage of TJ should help him get up to NFL speed and I think he could very well be our No. 2 guy of the future.
The only knock I've heard are his pass protection skills, although he looked good at the Senior Bowl, and his fumbling issues, which can be corrected with time. He's my favorite player in the draft, besides Berry of course, and could very well be a sleeper.
Although we kept Rudy Niswanger, he's another guy I feel would be better off as a backup.
Larsen is another guy who is pretty raw at the position (he's played there for only two years) but is athletically gifted. He's very good at pass protection but his run-blocking leaves a lot to be desired.
But thats why we brought Casey Wiegmann back in, where he can man the C position, Larsen can learn under him for one to two years and he might just take over eventually.
Prior to his injury he could have been a Round Two selection, but its looking like his ACL tear was pretty serious and he might not play until midway through next season.
I'm one of those that thinks Andy Studebaker might be a good OLB for us, he just needs to learn how to pass rush better. A lack of a pass rusher outside of Tamba Hali really hurt us last year, making Schofield an upgrade and potentially a good backup behind Hali.
Cassel, Croyle, Palko
Charles, Jones, Smith, Bell
Bowe, Chambers, Urban, Tate, Long, Lawrence, Copper
Albert/Richardson, Waters/Petrus , Wiegmann/Larsen , Lilja/Ndukwe, ROC/Ducasse
Dorsey/Magee, Smith/Troup, Jackson/Gilberry
Vrabel/Studebaker, Spikes/Mays, Williams/Herron, Hali/Schofield
Flowers/Richardson, Legget, Carr/Brown
In closing I just want to say this we are still far off from a Championship but a good draft his year is essential to continuing success. I expect a very good draft from Pioli this year, although we'll all probably be just as surprised as last year about who we pick.
With two coordinators that have seen prospects up close(Weis was HC of Notre Dame while Crennel coached the Shrine Game) There should be no excuses. We may not be a team built to win now but I think Pioli does have a plan. I can see us at 8-8 in our future at least and playoff hopes in the next couple of years.
Oh Yeah Before I Forget...GO CHIEFS!!!!