Day one of the 2011 NFL Draft happened exactly how I thought it would. As in, I knew Scott Pioli was going to pull a quick one of the fans and surprise us all.
First, we had both Anthony Castonzo and Gabe Carimi fall into our laps at the 21st pick, just to see the Chiefs trade that pick. This move caught me off guard, as I thought for sure the Chiefs would want one of those two players.
Then came pick 26 and Carimi was still on the draft board. I thought, "great," Pioli knew exactly what he was doing by getting us some extra picks and an offensive tackle.
Then the big shocker came: Pioli drafted Jon Baldwin. While I have no problem with the pick, it was not what I, and many experts, expected. This was the first time in Pioli’s career, with the Patriots or Chiefs, that he had drafted a wide receiver in the first round.
Thanks to the trade Pioli made to move back in the first round the Chiefs now have two third round picks, and a total of three day two picks in the draft. The Chiefs still have plenty of needs to address in day two of the draft, including nose tackle, offensive tackle and outside linebacker.
In 2010, Pioli surprised everyone in the second round by taking Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster. Will there be more surprises this year on day two of the draft? What players will be available? Well let’s take a look at the best available options for the Chiefs heading into the second day of the draft.
I wanted nothing to do with Ayers in the first round, and I got my wish. However, if Ayers somehow falls to the Chiefs in round two I will be jumping with joy. That would be a great value pick that would bring instant completion to the outside linebacker position opposite of Tamba Hali.
Ayers excels in pass coverage, something that is definitely needed by the Chiefs considering how bad Hali and Belcher are in coverage. Ayers is good at reading the quarterbacks eyes and is great at putting himself in a position to break up a play.
Ayers is not the best pass rushing outside linebacker, but with Hali being such a disruptive force he does not have to be. Ayers would help to stop the short passing over the middle and on the flat, which will make it much more difficult to pass against the Chiefs.
Paea has a good initial burst off the line and possesses excellent strength to bull rush offensive linemen back into the pocket. Due to his lower body strength Paea is hard to move off the line, has a great ability to tie up blocks in the middle, and routinely requires double teams.
Paea has a lot of upside, especially for a guy that only played three seasons of football prior to playing for Oregon State in 2008. Paea is a high-effort player who was voted a team Co-Captain in 2009 by his teammates.
Paea started 37 games for Oregon State after arriving on campus as a sophomore. Paea concluded his career with 129 tackles and 14 quarterback sacks.
Carter was the 2010 WAC Defensive Player of the Year and should be drafted around the third round. According to Pro Football Talk, Carter was recently invited by the Chiefs for a private workout, which means there is interest in him.
Unlike Ayers, Carter is a pass rushing specialist. If the Chiefs are looking to add more pressure on the quarterback, look for Carter to be the pick. Carter is a high energy guy whose motor never seems to turn off.
Carter, who is 6’1” and 248 pounds, ran the 40-yard in 4.58 seconds, registered a 36-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times. Carters speed and strength make him a very versatile player. While at Fresno State Carter was able to play both OLB and DE.
Standing at 6’4” and 315 pounds, Pinkston is very athletic for his size. Though Pinkston played left tackle in college, due to only being 6’4”, he could potentially play right tackle or even guard in the NFL.
For his lack of height, Pinkston has long arms and is very capable in pass protection by staying in front of his defender and using that leverage. Pinkston would be great for the Chiefs zone blocking scheme, as he can get to the next level and block down the field.
The potential is there for Pinkston, particularly in the running game. There are questions concerning his below average height and durability but he could be a value in the third round for the Chiefs.
With the Chiefs still not knowing if Casey Wiegmann is retiring or not, it would be best for them to take the safe route and find his potential replacement earlier rather than later in the Draft. O'Dowd, who was the first true freshman in USC history to start at center, would be the perfect replacement.
O'Dowd, who is 6’4” and 305 pounds, spent all four years of his college career at USC. O'Dowd was a first-team All Pac-10 selection as a sophomore and was honorable mention All Pac-10 as a senior in 2010.
During his time at USC O'Dowd proved that he is true leader on the line and is skilled at making line calls and picking up blitzes. There are injury concerns with O’Dowd as he had a couple of knee injuries and a shoulder injury while at USC. However, is O’Dowd could be selected in the third round he would be a value pick, who if needed to could start from day one.
Chiefs’ running back Thomas Jones is 33 and entering the last year of his contract. Todd Haley has already stated that Jones will be back for the 2011 season, but Powell could eventually take over Jones’ role.
Powell only received substantial playing time during his senior year at Louisville, but he was named first-team All-Big East with 1,405 yards and 11 scores. Powell is 5’11” and 210 pounds, however he plays much bigger. Powell has the power and toughness to run between the tackles, while also possessing the speed to break a big run on the outside.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Chiefs had an official visit and private workout with Powell. If Powell impressed, look for the Chiefs to pick him up in the late third round.