Top Ten Prospects for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 NFL Draft
Top 10 Prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft
The Kansas City Chiefs have had a busy week. They finished the season with a 2-14 record. They then proceeded to fire head coach Romeo Crennel, but retain much maligned general manager Scott Pioli in a much reduced role, and in the midst of it all secured the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2013 NFL draft. I am sure that whoever the Chiefs owner Clark Hunt brings in as the new head coach is going to want to have more control over personnel moves than what Crennel had, and that will especially include the NFL Draft.
Every NFL team has their “big board” when it comes to the draft. Their list of players they covet the most in order top to bottom. In most cases their big board consists not only of the best players at their current draft spot, but also those players who they would want if they made a trade up or back.
For Kansas City they are sitting firmly at the top of the draft order, and therefore their big board basically consists of those players they consider worth the no. 1 overall pick as well as the players they would most likely target in a trade down. This isn’t the kind of draft that you necessarily want to have the top pick, mainly because there is no clear cut no. 1 player, and especially no elite franchise quarterback prospect. This is truly unfortunate because if there is any position the Chiefs need to improve on, it’s at under center.
Having said that, I fully expect the Chiefs to do their best to try and trade back and stockpile picks in what is still a very deep draft. So taking all those things into consideration here are my top ten Kansas City Chiefs prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.
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10-Star Lotulelei, DT Utah
I put Lotulelei at 10 not because I think he's the 10th best player, but I include him because with all the turnover the Chiefs are going through, a defensive switch takes place to the 4-3 a penetrating 3 technique defensive tackle like Lotulelei would be a perfect pick.
9-Keenan Allen, WR Cal
The Chiefs stand to possibly lose wide receiver Dwayne Bowe this offseason and the cupboards are a little bare beyond him. In a scenario where the Chiefs were able to trade back a handful of spots an the players ahead of Allen are gone, I can certainly see them adding him in the first round.
8-DeMarcus Milliner, CB Alabama
Milliner as a pick for the Chiefs would mean Kansas City worked some deals to move back into the middle of the round and hopefully were able to really stockpile a few picks. Milliner is the best cornerback in this draft and his ability to play in multiple schemes and his ability to move to safety would be very appealing for the Chiefs in the middle of the round.
7-Tyler Eifert, TE Notre Dame
Going back to the idea that the Chiefs will need to add more weapons, Eifert makes perfect sense. Even if they don't select Eifert No. 1 overall which they of course shouldn't, I could see them trading back into the first round to get him at the end to bolster the passing game.
6-Tyler Bray, QB Tennessee
Following the logic that an upgrade at quarterback is a must, but the Chiefs still want to make a trade down, Bray could be their guy. He's nearly equal in terms of draft to any of the other top quarterbacks and could likely be had in the 6-8 range, meaning someone goes up and takes that top pick off their hands, and the Chiefs get a real gunslinger.
5-Geno Smith, QB West Virginia
Most Chiefs fans I know consider Smith their best option and likely top pick. Depending on the offseason this may very well be true, but for now he sits at 5 for me. The workouts prior to the draft will be very telling to see if Smith is really worth of no. 1 overall consideration.
4-Manti Te'o, LB Notre Dame
3-Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
It would be hard for me to pass on Lewan regardless of when I am picking in the first round. I've graded him out as high as any tackle I've scouting in ten years. If the Chiefs decide to put getting a new quarterback on free agency or in the later rounds, Lewan would make perfect sense.
2-Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M
Everything I just said about Lewan applies to Joeckel. In fact I have these 2 tackles close enough that whichever is drafted first wouldn't matter to me. Having 2 elite tackle prospects means the Chiefs could realistically trade back a few picks and still get one of them, which would be ideal.
1-Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas
Tyler Wilson is my fall back, can't trade back, don't want an offensive tackle pick. You cannot judge what Wilson did this year at Arkansas with much scrutiny based on all the problems the football program had. I am hopeful he will open eyes in his offseason workouts and make this choice much more clear for the Chiefs.