The outlook on a season changes quite a bit in a month. At the start of December, I made my predictions for the Chiefs' 2012 NFL draft based on the thought that Kansas City had no shot a recovering their season.
I can't think of a time where I felt so good about being so wrong.
In an amazing turn of events, the Chiefs suddenly have a reasonable chance of making the playoffs; Kyle Orton infused some life into Kansas City's offense, and brought some much-needed excitement into a weary but loyal fanbase.
But for all the hope about the Chiefs this year, recent wins against Green Bay and Chicago changed Kansas City's draft prospects. Last month, Kansas City's record and upcoming schedule put them in line to potentially draft Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
That's not the case any longer, and it might not be a bad thing. The Chiefs instead face a tough decision between Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton headed into next year. That should also give rookie Ricky Stanzi more time to develop within the system, possibly into Kansas City's quarterback of the future.
The Chiefs are definitely focused on finishing strong this year. That shouldn't preclude them from finding premier talent to fill position gaps and improve their depth for 2012.
And with these projected draft picks, Kansas City would do just that.