Dorsey and Reid are the type of combo that can turn things around quickly in KC. First up, though: free agency and then the all-important first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Despite a desperate need for a quarterback in Kansas City, Dorsey said during his introductory press conference that his philosophy is to take the "best player available."
"Pick the best available player," Dorsey said when asked what he'd do with the top pick. I haven't had time yet to sit together as a staff, sit with Coach Reid and get his understanding and makeup. He is still trying to put a coaching staff together. I'm just trying to get used to the personnel staff here and just be able to take business as usual forward."
Asked why he prefers taking the BPA approach to the draft, Dorsey said it's simply ingrained in how he approaches the process of building a football team.
"I know of no other philosophy but that," Dorsey said. "We have been doing the same model and concept for the last 20 years. We have kind of refined that and tightened it up to where it is today. We started in 1992 ... now we're in 2013, and it's a little bit tighter. Hopefully, I'd like to implement that type of similar system here within the Kansas City Chiefs."
If Dorsey implements that type of system, he will, according to our NFL Draft Scout rankings, be taking left tackle Luke Joeckel. Or, at the very least, not taking a quarterback: Geno Smith is the 10th-rated player on the board and the top quarterback.
Of course, Dorsey's ratings might be totally different. He could love Smith. He could love Joeckel. He could even love Manti Te'o for all we know. (Rob Rang has the Chiefs taking Joeckel; Dane Brugler has them selecting Smith in our latest 2013 NFL Mock Drafts.)
And the draft economics of quarterbacking differ greatly now than they did just a few years ago. Quarterbacks today are infinitely more prepared for the NFL and there's quality talent being found in Rounds 2, 3 and 4 that wasn't being found before.
Still, the chance to secure the future of your franchise with a great quarterback at the top of the draft can do wonders for an organization. Just ask Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb.
It's these different facets of the draft, coupled with the need to bring more talent into Kansas City as well as Dorsey's approach to personnel, that are going to make the next few months leading up to KC's first pick fascinating to watch.
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