NFL/Chiefs Draft and Schedule

Sorry it’s been a while folks, i don’t know why i decided to skip over one of the best sports seasons (March Madness) because I had plenty to talk about with that, but that’s ok… we will move forward. With the draft just a couple of days away, I thought I’d give my two cents on the draft and what I think the Chiefs should do to help themselves. In this blog edition I will also add my thoughts on the Chiefs schedule that was just announced, so please continue to read if you feel like you will be interested.

The Chiefs get the #5 overall pick in this year’s draft which is a very good thing. Sure you’d like to be #1-4, but you also pay more with those picks. The Chiefs are at a good spot to be able to take a player where they have a need (Eric Berry, Safety from Tennessee or Russel Okung, an O-Tackle from Oklahoma State) or if those players are taken they can trade down and have a middle first round pick and still get a quality player (maybe a lesser O-Lineman that will still be a darn good NFL player). And that is exactly what I think they should do. If Berry and/or Okung are available, I think the Chiefs should take one of those players. They need a safety and also could use another solid O-Lineman to help protect Matt Cassel and to continue to improve upon the late season rushing success (especially with the addition of RB Thomas Jones). If those two guys are taken I think the Chiefs should try and trade their #5 pick to a team that will give them a mid-first round pick and maybe a later round pick as well. Overall, I think the Chiefs are in a very good draft position this year. I think they can get improvements throughout the first couple of rounds at O-Line, Safety, and Nose Tackle. They need a strong NT in this 3-4 defense. If Suh is available at #5, I really hope the Chiefs are dumb enough to trade down. Suh could be a great play maker here in KC, and you all know how much I love Nebraska and it would be fun to see him on the Chiefs. Now let’s take a look at the Chiefs schedule for this year… I will put a W or an L by each game and give my thoughts after.

1 Mon, Sep 13 San Diego W
2 Sun, Sep 19 Cleveland W
3 Sun, Sep 26 San Francisco W
4 BYE WEEK
5 Sun, Oct 10 Indianapolis L
6 Sun, Oct 17 Houston L
7 Sun, Oct 24 Jacksonville W
8 Sun, Oct 31 Buffalo W
9 Sun, Nov 7 Oakland W
10 Sun, Nov 14 Denver L
11 Sun, Nov 21 Arizona W
12 Sun, Nov 28 Seattle L
13 Sun, Dec 5 Denver W
14 Sun, Dec 12 San Diego L
15 Sun, Dec 19 St. Louis W
16 Sun, Dec 26 Tennessee W
17 Sun, Jan 2 Oakland          W

After looking at the schedule, I have the Chiefs going 11-5… which is very generous considering the teams they have had in recent years. However, I see reason for optimism with the addition of Thomas Jones to compliment Jamaal Charles, a couple of new O-Linemen and if the Chiefs can have a solid draft, they will be on the rise. I think it helps that they are in a division with the Broncos and Raiders and don’t have the toughest schedule in the league. I am also going off speculation that there aren’t any major injuries or problems off the field going on, which could effect what happens. I gave the Chiefs an undefeated home record in these picks, but I realize that games at home against San Diego (who killed us in Arrowhead last year), Jacksonville, and Tennessee will all be very difficult games to win. Arizona will probably have a down year with the loss of Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin or I probably would have picked the Cardinals to win that one. Todd Haley against his former team will be sure to make headlines. Despite my overall optimism (going undefeated at home and all), I think a more realistic view would be to hope for an 8-8 season and try to get to 9-7 and get a wild card spot, and that could even possibly win the West Division. It will be fun to see how everything shakes out in this draft and then we can get excited for the rest of the season.

Hope you all enjoyed this NFL/Chiefs update… feel free to make comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the draft and your upcoming thoughts on the Chiefs season in general.

-Mark

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4 responses to “NFL/Chiefs Draft and Schedule

  1. No way the chiefs go 11-5, undefeated at home. I thought I was being optimistic projecting 6 or 7 wins.

    San Diego outscored the Chiefs 80-21 in their matchups last year, I think you have to assume they are (much) better than KC until they prove otherwise.

    Other teams that are clearly superior: Arizona, San Francisco, Tennesse

    The problem with the chiefs is that there is no such thing as a gimme game. Remember, Oakland and Denver beat them at home last year.

    I think you can expect about 6 wins and hope to make it to .500 I dont seem them going from worst to first in the division.

  2. Very valid points… but i don’t think you can say that Arizona is superior anymore. Whenever you lose a hall of fame/pro bowl/ superbowl QB and go to a guy who could barely secure the #2 spot on their roster last year, there will be issues. And in my own post i said “I gave the Chiefs an undefeated home record in these picks, but I realize that games at home against San Diego (who killed us in Arrowhead last year), Jacksonville, and Tennessee will all be very difficult games to win.”

    I also said “Despite my overall optimism (going undefeated at home and all), I think a more realistic view would be to hope for an 8-8 season”. Maybe you didn’t read the whole post and just saw the W/L part of it.

    Also, San Francisco is getting better, but I wouldn’t say they are superior to anyone other than the Rams… yet. But you’re right, there are no gimmies, that’s for sure.

  3. What do you think about the Eric Berry pick? I think that was solid and i’m glad they did that and didn’t try to trade down with that pick. Okung would have been good, but I’m glad Seattle got him.

  4. Also, I think if they Chiefs can get Terrance Cody with their 1st second round pick, that will be a very solid start to the draft and helping them get that D picked up. Then they can look at O-Line/WR help later on in the draft to help with depth.

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