NFL Draft 2011: Kansas City Chiefs' Scott Pioli Will No Doubt Suprise Us Again
We all know that the Kansas City Chiefs had a great turnaround 2010 season.
The Chiefs improved from a 4-12 team to a 10-6 playoff team.
The architect behind the improvements was Scott Pioli.
Last year, Chiefs fans were convinced that the team would take Russell Okung or Brian Bulaga over Eric Berry—Scott Pioli would never take a safety that high.
In the second round, the Chiefs had two picks. Fans said, for sure, that they would pick Terrence Cody, Sergio Kindle or Daryl Washington.
Instead, they took a luxury gadget player and a nickel corner.
Are we starting to see a trend here?
I believe all true Chiefs fans would agree that the team need to improve at receiver, nose tackle, right tackle, center and outside linebacker.
I also believe that this draft class is not as deep or full of rookie starters like last year.
There are no Suhs, Bradfords or Berrys.
This season's best tackles are mostly developmental right tackles that would have been taken late in the second or third round last year.
The best center prospect, Mike Pouncey, is better at guard.
Receivers are deep but only A.J. Green and Julio Jones are first-round talents. Outside linebackers are deep, too, but I don't believe there's one that the Chiefs could get that would start from day one.
There is only one nose tackle that makes the grade as a first-rounder, and it's Phil Taylor from Baylor.
However, Taylor also has some character concerns and has been known to take plays off. He has also only had one productive season.
This year, the Chiefs pick at 21—a position that seems foreign to most fans.
As great as it is to be drafting out of the first five, the cream of the crop will be long gone by 21. So what will they do?
For months now, the so-called "experts" and fans have been listing the Chiefs' players of need in their mock drafts. These include Akeem Ayers, Phil Taylor, Justin Houston, Torrey Smith, Jon Baldwin, Anthony Costanzo and Gabe Carimi.
I don't mean to say that these are bad picks, but the formula is all wrong.
This year, the Chiefs will be picking the best player available, rather than reaching for a player of need.
Pioli has said it himself—he will build this team through the draft and develop the young talent that he has.
There is no need to reach for a player to fill a need just to fill the need.
I know he has done it in the past, but not this year.
If the best player available is a cornerback (hypothetically), then he will take the corner. Do the Chiefs need another cornerback with Flowers, Carr, Arenas and McGraw?
Yes, when you play against the Chargers. Yes.
This is becoming a passing league, so take the cornerback.
How do you think the Ravens make the playoffs, year after year? They have great depth on defense and draft well. It has nothing to do with wide receivers—the Ravens' wide receivers are mediocre at best.
The Chiefs are building for the future and depth is what they need.
So strap on your helmet, Chiefs fans, because this draft will be full of surprises. Scott Pioli will shock the proud Chiefs nation again.
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