I was prepared to make the headline some horrible pun. Something about “No Joeckel, Chiefs Get Their Man,” or some equally nauseating variation thereof. The headline practically wrote itself, but then the Chiefs went and threw a goose in my propeller by doing what few thought they’d do: they spent the first selection on someone other than tackle Luke Joeckel.
After a month full of murmuring and grumblings filled with clandestine whispers and what-ifs, Joeckel began to lose his footing as the inarguable first pick. In the past week, the murmurings and grumblings became a cacophony of coin flips: Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel, Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher. Giant White Guy A or Giant White Guy B. Pick your poison.
So the Chiefs went Fishing. (See, there we go. I still landed an awful pun.)
I like the move. I’m fine with it. It’s not a sexy pick, but pasty, sausage-stuffed offensive linemen rarely are. It was a necessary– if uninspired selection—but it’s exactly what the Chiefs needed. Central Michigan’s Fisher is more athletic than Joeckel, and, all things being equal, that seemed to be the difference-maker.
In a draft with few explosive, obvious options worthy of a number one pick, this move was an “A.”
In the second round… haha.
As you’ll recall, the Chiefs traded their second round selection to the 49ers for QB Alex Smith. And as I’m sure you all know, there followed a never-ending chorus of rumor about trading franchise-tagged tackle Branden Albert to the Dolphins for THEIR second round pick, but this deal seems to have fizzled.
So in short, Kansas City figures to have a hell of an offensive line next season.
I’ll admit, it’s slightly disconcerting that new Super General Manager John Dorsey couldn’t swing the deal, but I won’t complain about Albert’s presence. (I will say, however, with full disclosure, that Albert is overrated. He is a good lineman—not great—though he and his handlers are convinced otherwise.)
So without a 2nd rounder, the Chiefs did the next best thing: they moved on to round three.
And then, huh?
What just happened?
They selected whatnow?
Oh, hello tight end Travis Kelce from Cincinnati.
Yeah… I don’t… know?
Look, Kelce is a big dude, and he’s got great hands, but he’s not exactly “explosive” and his blocking abilities leave a LOT to be desired. I get that incumbent TE Tony Moeaki can’t stay healthy, and even when he’s not nursing lingering maladies, he doesn’t create unbridgeable separations. I ALSO get that tight ends are like good pitchers: you can never have too many. But Kelce isn’t Aaron Hernandez or Rob Grankowski, and he never will be. Nor is this New England Jr. (Not now, anyway.)
I just really don’t get this pick. Kelce could have been a late sleeper, but taking him with the first pick of the third round was confusing and misguided. I’d give it a “D.”
With the 96th overall pick– their second of round three– the Chiefs selected Arkansas RB Knile Davis, a speedy game-breaking threat prone to both fumbles and injuries. Backfield depth is/was an obvious area of concern, but I’m not sure Davis was a wise 3rd round selection. “C-” if they’re lucky.
(“Knile” is in contention for best name in the 2013 draft. It’s unlikely that he’ll beat Barkevious Mingo, Cornellius Carradine, Cordarrelle Patterson, Armonty Bryant, Stepfan Taylor, Jamoris Slaughter, Margus Hunt, Bacarri Rambo, Uzoma Nwachukwu, David Quessenberry, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Levine Toilolo, Shamarko Thomas, Martavius Neloms, Antavious Wilson, Kenbrell Thompkins, Vinston Painter, Stansly Maponga, Sam Schwartzstein or Prentiss Waggner, however.)
So overall, a pretty blah couple of days for Chiefs fans. Rounds four through seven run today, and I’ll be VERY interested to see what sort of black magic the two new boss-men can summon.
Oh, and in case you missed it:
Mizzou DT Sheldon Richardson went 13th to the NY Jets (very solid pick), San Diego traded up seven spots to 38 to select maligned Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o (I actually think this is good value for the spot), West Virginia QB and Kevin Kietzman boner-causer Geno Smith fell all the way to the Jets at 39 (I don’t think he’ll ever be better than average, but “better than average” is better than Mark Sanchez) and everyone’s favorite honey badger, LSU Tiger Tyrann Mathieu was picked up 69th overall by the Arizona Cardinals (which will either end up being a HUGE steal, or a huge joke).
Three rounds down, four to go.
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