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|
|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.