The Kansas City Chiefs needed huge help at the wide receiver position especially after losing Hybrid special team specialist, RB, and WR Dexter McCluster to free agency. The Chiefs are up against the salary cap and couldn’t afford to keep Pro Bowl OT Branden Albert from departing and also will feel the loss of offensive guards, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz. Kansas City has more needs than they have draft picks so it will be interesting to see if they filled the positions or went with the best payer on the draft board. Either way, they will have to do some free agent hunting before August, so it should be interesting to watch their season unfold.
2014 NFL DRAFT PICK RECAP AND ANALYSIS
Dee Ford DE, Auburn Round 1 Pick #23
Am I the only one confused here. Hey really didn’t need Ford and at best Ford on my board was a 2nd round pick. I had the Chiefs taking Marqise Lee, WR Southern California in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft. He would have helped an anemic receiver corps and made life for Alex Smith a little better. This move confuses me and I give it a Grade D since the Chiefs already had two stud pass rushers in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Marqise Lee was on the board and even if they didn’t draft him, they should have drafted an offensive lineman at the very least. Really bad move here that will bite them every week.
Phillip Gaines CB, Rice Round 3 Pick #23
At best an average skill player with blazing speed. Too small to be a press corner and for now only has value s a cover 2 corner. No real upside and probably couldn’t even play special teams. So far, I am sitting here wondering what The Chiefs are doing. Passed on Donte Moncrief so this makes this a record breaking terrible pick.
De’Anthony Thomas RB, Oregon Round 4 Pick #24
Extremely fast RB that has amazing agility and can get around the outside. Big play ability if he breaks one but he spends more time going laterally he will face a huge wake up call when he is staring at a sealed edge and a hungry OLB and DE bearing down. KC has arguably the best back in the league and what, they are gonna give Thomas the ball and not Charles, give me a break. Another head scratching pick that does nothing to improve this team.
Aaron Murray QB, Georgia Round 5 Pick #23
Projected 6th or 7th round and the Chiefs reach to get Murray. Small size QB with a low release spells lots of swatted passes in the age of the big NFL. Coming off a torn ACL, the Chiefs pull another bonehead move taking a project QB.
Zach Fulton OG, Tennessee Round 6 Pick #17
Possible starter at RG but will struggle early against blitzing linebackers stunting the inside. A competent pass blocker but has a long ways to go before Alex Smith will feel pocket comfortable. Needs work on his feet and technique. Will be put in a starting role earlier than he should be. A definite throwing to the wolves scenario coming up for him.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif T, McGill Round 6 Pick #24
Decent player but more interested in becoming a doctor than an NFL player. Will need to pack on 30 to 40 pounds to play in the NFL. I see him busting out of the NFL and becoming a doctor. Poor Pick.
Analysis and overall draft grade
Could this draft be any worse. I doubt it. I want to believe they know what they are doing, I just don’t see it. Hey don’t upgrade their receivers and had two opportunities to do it. They use their 1st round pick on a redundant player that won’t even start. They take a CB when they should have been hunting for lineman. I don’t have a clue if they were drinking spiked rum punch or pulling names from a hat.
Draft Grade: An F , D minus
I have never given an F grade in a draft and I wanted to hang one so bad here. No way the Chiefs come close to their record last year and I feel so sorry for Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles. I am gonna bet against them all year and make a fortune.
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