FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs

With The Third Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The Kansas City Chiefs Select...

4/13/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Detroit Lions, St Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. Every day from now until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis.
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.
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4/17/09   |   boboso_2

KC trade down...Curry is a safe pick but there are doubts to whether he can pass rush, OL is a safe bet but we could get one in the mid first round, WR other tahn Crabtree and maclin are good but not great ...why over pay at the 3 spot lets trade down get more picks if Pioli is the genuis we hired him to be we can get more value out of are traded picks.  This draft class has good talent but not anyone that is a must have.   

4/16/09   |   BiggestChiefFan

I say we trade down, get Everette Brown as OLB and Eben Britten as RT if we trade with Philly and if we get their 2nd rounder also, doubt it, but if we do we should try and get Jarron Gilbert as DE.

4/14/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

bjaffe wrote:
mark the shark the chiefs are the second best team in the divison right now. the broncos have lots of work ahead and the raiders are the raiders untill they get rid of al davis

bjaffe

Well, I'd say it's wide open and yes the Chiefs could be considered front runners...That defense is taking shape..Curry would make it legit if they can keep those young corners healthy

4/14/09   |   bjaffe   |   10 respect

mark the shark the chiefs are the second best team in the divison right now. the broncos have lots of work ahead and the raiders are the raiders untill they get rid of al davis

bjaffe

4/14/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Nice first edition of the mock draft.  The Lions would really get their season off to a good start if they fight the urge to take any of this year's quarterbacks #1.  They're not worth it. 

4/13/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Love the guys over at Arrowhead Pride...good job. I think Pioli will trade down here and STILL get that great OT with either Andre Smith or Michael Oher later in the draft. Unless,..unless Aaron Curry is there at 3..then the Chiefs suddenly become legit contenders in the AFC West.

4/13/09   |   bjaffe   |   10 respect

well if they don't trade down baylor's jason smith is the safest pick but watch out for a speed pass rusher

bjaffe

4/13/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

I think the OL in this draft are average and if these teams take them they are reaching.  KC should take and OL though  There's is weak

4/13/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Mannysworld wrote:
I agree.  In todays NFL, teams can turn around pretty quickly under the right management , like Miami has. Of course there are always teams like Detroit and Oakland who disporove my theory,

I don't think it disproves your theory. You said "under the right management". I think we can all agree that neither of those teams have the right management at all.

So congratulations, your statement is still totally true.

4/13/09   |   Mannysworld   |   121 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
 I think the Chiefs are in a great spot to start rebuilding through the draft and free agency. I wouldn't be surprised if in a couple years they are back in contention. 

I agree.  In todays NFL, teams can turn around pretty quickly under the right management , like Miami has. Of course there are always teams like Detroit and Oakland who disporove my theory,

4/13/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 I think the Chiefs are in a great spot to start rebuilding through the draft and free agency. I wouldn't be surprised if in a couple years they are back in contention. 

4/13/09   |   Mannysworld   |   121 respect

Having had Pioli involved in the draft here in New England for so long, he will go with the best player available, which according to this article would be Smith from Baylor. Don't be shocked if he trades down for multples. He loved to do that in NE.

4/13/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

Yep ... i think they are sitting pretty and can pick Smith, Curry, or Monroe .... whichever falls to them at this pick. Picking up Cassel makes them not have to reach for a QB.