Chiefs' new GM vows to draft 'Best Player Available' with Top Pick
"You make the best pick by choosing the best player available," Dorsey said. "I know of no other philosophy."
Dorsey was groomed in the Packers' organization to go after the top guy on his board, and not to reach for players simply to fill a position need. "You spent all those months staying true to your board, and all of a sudden you have to jump a player because of positional needs?" Dorsey questioned. "I don't think you do that. We have proven you don't do that..."
Dorsey went on to point out the acquisitions of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, both wide receivers selected in the second-round of the draft. "We took Jordy... Randall Cobb; players we were deep at in specific positions and let them evolve into their careers and let their abilities play out because ultimately what we're trying to do is get good football players on this roster."
Both Nelson and Cobb were drafted while the Packers had a great deal of depth at the wide receiver position. Nelson was drafted to a team with a still-effective Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, and James Jones. Cobb was drafted to a team that had those three, plus Nelson. Both receivers have become a huge part of what the Packers do on offense, especially considering Driver's rapidly declining separation skills and Jennings' injuries over the past two seasons.
Dorsey's insistence on drafting the best player available throws a wrench into the mock drafts of many experts who expected the Chiefs to fill their roster's largest hole by drafting a quarterback. However, this draft class is far behind last year's in terms of quarterback talent - there are no Luck or RG3 type players who could be expected to take over an offense from day one.
West Virginia's Geno Smith is considered by many to be the top quarterback prospect this year, but his inefficiencies were exposed once WVU started their Big 12 schedule. Smith topped 280 passing yards only three times in his final nine games. He also struggled to beat high-caliber teams, taking his 5th ranked Mountaineers on a five game losing streak in the middle of the season, beginning with a 49-14 loss to unranked Texas Tech.
With Scouts Inc. ranking Geno Smith as the 23rd best player in this draft, it seems very possibly that the Chiefs will go with someone at a different position. They'll have a number of different options to choose from, as there is no clear-cut top player in this draft for the first time in a few years. They could go with a monstrous interior defensive presence in Star Lotulelei, an electrifying pass rusher in Jarvis Jones, or a dominating force on the offensive line with Luke Joeckel.
Those are just a few of the players that have a chance of being the first name off the board. If the Chiefs are truly ignoring position need in the draft, we have a long way to go before finding out what they'll do with that top pick.
It's worth noting that head coach Andy Reid has final say regarding personnel decisions for the Chiefs, but Dorsey will be heavily involved in the draft process and will be pushing hard for his "best available" strategy.