With five big name free agents joining the team, eight new draft picks, 20 undrafted free agents, all piled on top of a new head coach and general manager, it’s safe to say that this will definitely not be your father’s Kansas City Chiefs. It will barely be last year’s Chiefs for that matter.
The Chiefs had the dubious honor of getting the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and started the party with a history making pick, taking OT Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan. This was the first time in the history of the draft that a Mid-American Conference player had been taken with the No.1 overall pick.
From there, the Chiefs ran the gamut; taking a tight end, running back, linebacker, cornerback, center, fullback and defensive end with their next seven picks.
It almost seemed like Andy Reid and John Dorsey were trying to build a team to field on day one. Given the Chiefs’ struggles last year, that really wasn’t too far-fetched an idea.
Kansas City will add these fresh young faces to a team that just added a new quarterback (Alex Smith), tight end (Anthony Fasano), tw0 cornerbacks (Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson) and a guard (Geoff Schwartz). When the Chiefs say they are rebuilding, they don’t mince words, that’s for sure.
The most interesting of the UDFAs that Kansas City has taken on is former Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray. Many were surprised that Bray wasn’t taken in the draft, particularly in the later rounds. Usually a guy who sets records and has the type of numbers at an SEC school like Bray did will get snatched up by the fourth or fifth round at least.
One thing is for certain, and that’s last year’s 2-14 record should now be a distant memory. This is not the same team that was sleepwalking through drills and meandering through games. This is a new regime in Kansas City, and a team that will take on an entirely new identity.