2013 NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs spotlight
Five prospects the Chiefs should consider
The Kansas City Chiefs are honing in on what head coach Andy Reid said recently was a short list of "eight to 10 players" they'll debate atop the draft.
While Reid passed on providing specifics, there's no secret Reid, general manager John Dorsey and various coaches and personnel types have spent face time with outside linebacker Dion Jordan at Oregon and outside linebacker-defensive end Ezekiel Ansah at Brigham Young.
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They have private workouts already scheduled for offensive tackles Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M), Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) and Lane Johnson (Oklahoma). They recently over-publicized what appears to be a bait-setting private workout with defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (Florida) and will do the same with Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner . Plus, Reid said don't rule out West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith .
"I'm going to keep my eyes open on everything," Reid said. "I think Geno is a good quarterback. We'll just see how it all goes here as we keep this workout thing going."
The Chiefs have drafted first overall only once in their history -- 1963, when the AFL franchise acquired the pick from the Raiders and selected defensive tackle Buck Buchanan, who is in the Hall of Fame.
Kansas City Chiefs 2013 draft picks: 1, 63, 96, 99, 134, 170, 204, 207
Primary needs: OL, LB, DB
General manager: John Dorsey, first season
Five draft picks that clicked:
--RB Jamaal Charles , 73rdd overall, 2008
--CB Brandon Carr , 140th overall, 2008
--WR Dwayne Bowe , 23rd overall, 2007
--LB Tamba Hali , 20th overall, 2006
--DE Jared Allen, 126th overall, 2004
Five players who should be on the Kansas City Chiefs draft radar:
Player, school (overall rating, position rating)
Reid is a former offensive lineman and valued blockers in his 14 seasons with the Eagles. This pick isn't entirely dependent upon resolution to the Brendan Albert situation -- he was franchised, but very available via trade -- but dealing Albert could nudge the Chiefs to draft a tackle with their top pick. Joeckel is a good athlete but not a finished product. Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) are options in the first round.
Reid drafted offensive and defensive linemen with eight of 12 first-rounders with the Eagles to mixed results. If he believes Sharrif Floyd can be the next Corey Simon, Reid will draft him. If GM John Dorsey sees Tra Thomas in Eric Fisher, they'll make that move.
The Chiefs were aggressive in building a secondary that was a glaring weakness in 2012. Kansas City added cornerbacks Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson -- the former Texans and Falcons corner who could audition at safety -- but the Chiefs need a sure thing next to Eric Berry . Injury-prone starter Kendrick Lewis isn't the answer at free safety
Three of the Chiefs' four linebackers went to the Pro Bowl -- outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and inside 'backer Derrick Johnson . Jovan Belcher 's suicide left the Chiefs without their three-year starter at the other inside spot. The Chiefs need a big banger to help Johnson inside.
He's fluid with very good upper-body strength, with enough flexibility and athletic ability to move to right tackle in a pinch. Reid has valued natural guards -- Shawn Andrews, Danny Watkins -- and also shown a propensity to find excellent value in the middle to late rounds of the draft (center Jason Kelce , 191st overall, Todd Herremans, 126th overall).
Reid learned in his past life as an assistant coach with the Packers the importance of stocking the QB depth chart with developmental arms. With all due respect Mike Kafka and Nick Foles , Reid cut his teeth in an organization that drafted Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Brunell at a time when they didn't need either because they understand the value of growing their own. Alex Smith and Chase Daniel stand in Jones' path to the starting job. Depending on the rush on quarterbacks between picks 27-70, Jones could slide. In that scenario, his experience and upbringing in a pass-happy offense put him in the bargain-shopping crosshairs of Reid and Dorsey.
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