With The Third Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The Kansas City Chiefs Select...
This time, it's Arrowhead Pride, selecting for the Kansas City Chiefs. Here are the picks so far:
1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Right now the Chiefs have a plethora of needs but the two biggest involve the offensive line and linebackers.
The Chiefs got all the way down to their third string quarterback in Tyler Thigpen last season because of injuries to the quarterbacks. While Thigpen performed well, a quarterback doesn't do you any good if he's on the sideline. So, adding another offensive lineman is a major need for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs also set a record for futility last season with an NFL record low 10 sacks. With a switch to the 3-4 defense coming soon, finding a premier OLB to attack the passer is another major priority for the Chiefs. Their linebackers have been upgraded in the offseason with the additions of Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas, but both are getting long in the tooth and could mentor a top linebacker from this draft.
The Chiefs spent a 2nd round pick and about $14 million in acquiring Matt Cassel so protecting our new investment is of utmost importance at this point. Yes, the Chiefs spent the 15th overall pick last year on a LT in Brandon Albert but establishing a set of premier bookend tackles doesn't come along very often and the Chiefs shouldn't pass if that happens. That's why Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe will be ideal candidates for the Chiefs at the third spot. Top tackles in the draft are one of the safest positions and the Chiefs absolutely can not miss with the third pick this year.
Aaron Curry, if available in the real draft, would be another intriguing candidate. His athleticism and label as the "safest" pick in the draft are intriguing, especially for a team that need pass rushers. The Problem with Curry, however, is that he hasn't demonstrated he's a pass rusher in college so why would the Chiefs take the chance, albeit small chance, that he wouldn't "get it" and become a premier pass rusher? Also, in our mock draft here, he was taken #1 overall.
Ultimately, though, the Chiefs should choose Jason Smith, OT, Baylor with the third pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He's been linked to the Lions' top overall pick so we know the talent is there. Establishing bookend tackles is something every team knows the importance of (Titans spent $70+ million on bookend tackles last offseason) and it should make the Chiefs contenders for the next decade.