2011 NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Need To Look To the Core
The Kansas City Chiefs made the playoffs!!! Time to celebrate, right?? Of course, but there is just something not right when I watch them play. All year I have been waiting for the return of the 2009 Chiefs. I kept waiting for a team to just be hard nosed and continue to pound the rock up the gut. In week 17 that happened and it brought my fears to reality.
The Chiefs are a good team but we are not of the elite caliber, yet. When you look at the power house teams they have one thing in common, a solid core. On defense from nose tackle to linebacker to the offense with solid offensive line play and a good running attack. I believe the Chiefs have the right motto, "RUN THE BALL AND STOP THE RUN".
The 2011 draft is not star studded like last years draft so I believe we draft best player available that will also assist our needs. Here is a list of possible future Kansas City Chiefs through round 5.
In round 1 the Kansas City Chiefs select... Stefan Wisiniewski, Center, Penn State.
At 6'3 306 lbs. Stefan is the top center in the draft. He is a highly intelligent player who has started for Penn State since he was a freshman. His first two years he played guard and then was switched to center for his junior and senior year. He is not the biggest guy but he will excel in our zone blocking scheme. His quickness and technique helps him get to the second level. He will demand a double team and can use his leverage to manipulate defenders. He is a blue collar hard working player who has leader written all over him. He comes from a family with NFL pedigree. His uncle and father played in the NFL.
Why do we need to waste a first round pick on a center? Casey Wiegman has been a god send but he is no spring chicken and he is a free agent after this year. I'm sure we will resign him but he will not be with us long and who better to teach our center of the future. This pick will anchor our line for the next decade.
I know some of you are saying, "What about wide receiver or outside linebacker?". From where we are picking Green and Jones will be gone and we would be looking at Baldwin and Blackmon. I believe we can address wide receiver in free agency. As for outside linebacker, we just resigned Studabaker and he has the potential to be the next Mike Vrabel.
In round 2 the Kansas City Chiefs select... Mikel LeShoure, Running Back, Illinois.
At 6'1, 229 lbs Mikel LeShoure is a hard nosed running back who can run between the tackles. In his Junior year he gained 1697 yards on 281 carries, that is a 6.0 yard per carry average. He scored 17 rushing touchdowns and had 3 touchdowns receiving averaging 11.5 per catch. This kid is a beast, during the Texas bowl he had 3 touchdowns and ran for 184 yards.
Some scouts might question his recent success in college and wonder where it was his freshman and Sophmore seasons. According to coaches, he has a tremendous work ethic and self discipline. Mikel has showed maturity and dedicated himself to his craft last off-season. If that isn't a Haley kind of guy then I don't know what is.
The Kansas City Chiefs have the best rushing attack in the NFL, why are we spending a second round pick on another running back? The answer is simple, Thomas Jones looks slow and his age has finally caught up to him. Did anyone see the Raider game? It was like he was running in slow motion. He, like Ladainian Tomlinson started out hot and has cooled off drastically since mid season. If we want to continue to hold the best rushing attack in the NFL then we need a new power running back.
In round 3 the Kansas City Chiefs select... Sione Fua, Nose Tackle, Stanford
At 6'2 310 lbs Sione Fua is one of the least talked about defensive players out there. Thanks to him, Stanford's defense has improved vastly against both the run and the pass. Fua requires two be double teamed which is something the Chiefs lack in Ron Edwards. While he is a bit small to be a nose tackle, compare him to Bills nose tackle Kyle Williams. With Fua anchoring the Chiefs D-line, our linebackers should have a better shot at plugging the run and getting to the quarterback. With Romeo Crennel coaching, Sione Fua could become the three down nose tackle of the future.
The Kansas City Chiefs pick... Kelvin Sheppard, Inside Linebacker, LSU
At 6'3 240 lbs. Kelvin Sheppard is a quality ILB who has a nose for the ball. His senior year at LSU he racked up 110 total tackles, 4 sacks, 2FF and an interception. Right now he plays inside linebacker in the 4-3, but i believe he can transition to the 3-4. Lets be honest, Demorrio Williams is nothing more than a special teamer and the Chiefs need depth behind Belcher. Sheppard who is a voted as to the all SEC first team is the unquestioned leader on the LSU defense. The Chiefs have a history of drafting SEC players and Sheppard would be a fine addition.
The Kansas City Chiefs select... Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
At 6'5 320 lbs Gilbert is a NFL right tackle. Gilbert has good size and strength and can anchor at point of attack. He can get to the second level and has good lateral movement. He has experience at guard and was responsible for protecting Tim Tebow through Florida's championship run. Barry Richardson has done an admirable job at right tackle this year but you can never have too many utililty lineman. Gilbert has played against the best in the SEC and done well. This year against Alabama's Marcell Dareus he only allowed 2.5 tackles and no sacks. With this pick the Chiefs can shore up the o-line and would be set for the future.