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It's Finally Over (My 2014 Chiefs GM Draft)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:00 pm    Post subject: It's Finally Over (My 2014 Chiefs GM Draft) Reply with quote

So for those that don't follow me around that much, I love following the NFL Draft (Almost as much as following the Chiefs). I have been working on this 2014 Offseason for about 2 months with other members of other teams on this site. For those that don't want to read through a whole lot of players/transactions the depth charts are in Post 3 Wink

Kansas City Chiefs

Free Agency (If they're not listed we didn't retain)
WR Josh Morgan
WR Rico Richardson
OG David Diehl
OT Will Svitek
CB Terrance Newman
ILB Chase Blackburn
ILB Akeem Jordan- Retained
S Quintin Demps- Retained
S Hussain Abdullah-Retained
NT Anthony Toribio- Retained
NT Kyle Love
LS Thomas Gafford-Retained

*Key Loses
OT Branden Albert
OL Geoff Schwartz
WR Dexter McCluster
WR AJ Jenkins(cut)
CB Dunta Robinson(cut)

Big Offseason Moves

1. Alex Smith (Extension)- Added a 3 Year Extension. Cap Hit by Year; 2014(7 Mil), 2015(11 Mil), 2016(11 Mil), 2017(7 Mil).

Reasoning: Opening up more Cap Space, while keeping him around longer. Doesn't hurt us too much in the coming years and the last year is easy to cut or extend again.

2. Tyson Jackson(Resigning)- Resigned to a 4 Year, 18 Million dollar deal. Included an 8 Million Dollar Signing Bonus.

Reasoning: While not a superstar, Tyson has established himself with this team and community. He may not have been worth the #3 Overall Pick, but he is a damn good starter next to Poe.

3. Jon Asamoah(Resigning)- Resigned to a 5 Year, 36 Million dollar deal. 10 Million Signing Bonus.

Reasoning: One of our best OL and still young.

4. Tamba Hali(Traded)- Oh boy I'm going to hear about this one. Gained OLB Jamie Collins and a 2014 4th Round Selection from Patriots.

Reasoning- First and foremost I love Tamba and everything he stands for and if he can restructure this offseason I'm all for it. The only reasoning for this trade and is Cap Room and the Value I was able to get from him. We got an Athletic replacement in Jamie Collins and a 4th Rounder, I think I made out good on this trade.

5. Marcus Cooper(Traded)- Ohh noes! We gained a 2014 2nd Rounder and a 2015 5th Rounder from the Raiders.

Reasoning- Well first let me say this Mock started WAY before I really knew how well Coop would play down the stretch. But the Value I got in the trade was good and I was trying to move some of the Talent on the Defensive Side over to the Offensive Side. While he has struggled with jams the past few weeks, I would take back this trade if I could.

Moves made during the Draft:

1. Kansas City Trades 1st Round Pick to Cleveland for 2015 1st Rounder and 2014 3rd Rounder. (Cleveland wanted Johnny Football and I could use the 1st Rounder next year to potentially look at QB's)

2. Kansas City Trades 3rd Round, Acquired 4th Rounder from Patriots and 2015 3rd Round to Dallas for their 2nd Rounder. (May sound pricey, but the jump in picks was huge and in this Mock we're getting a 2015 3rd Round Comp for B. Albert)

3. Kansas City Trades 2015 5th Round to Washington for 2014 6th and 7th Round Picks.

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2nd Round(via Oak)- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt, 6'3 205

*My Take: My 2nd Highest rated WR available in the 2nd Round, enough said. Great size and ability to run after the catch. Only question really is straight line speed and I believe it's better than he's givin credit for.

2nd Round(via Dal)- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech, 6'0 195

* My Take: Covering for my mistake with Coop, but honestly I'll take Kyle Fuller anyways. My favorite CB in the draft and was able to get him in the 2nd. The most complete corner in the draft; able to play zone, loves to come up and hit, and most importantly jams the sh*t out of WR's at the line of scrimmage.

3rd Round(via Cle)- Antone Exum, S, Virginia Tech, 6'0 220

* My Take: Similar to our boy Sanders Commings he has been flipped around from S to CB in his college career. I liked his pure athleticism and ability to come up and cover TE's at the line of scrimmage. He would battle with Commings and Demps for the #2 and #3 Safety spots on our depth chart.

4th Round- Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor, 5'10 170

*My Take: RAW, but pure speed. If there was 1 thing I felt this team was missing it was just a flat out speed guy on offense. Reese may be a bit raw in his route running and hands, but with Bowe, Avery, and the additions of Matthews and Morgan he won't be pressed to play immediately. He also gives us another guy to work in out Punt/Kick Returner

5th Round- Zack Kerr, NT, Delaware, 6'1 322

*My Take: Another Big Body to compete for a spot in our rotation. While he has a good build, he is also pretty quick off the snap. Good developmental guy behind Poe.

6th Round(via Wash)- Za'Darius Smith, OLB, Kentucky, 6'5 255

*My Take: Athletic DE to OLB Converter. Had a pretty good year for Kentucky, but just seems like a guy who needs NFL coaching to reach his athletic promise. He'll fill in behind Jamie Collins on the Right Side of the D.

6th Round (Via Dal)- James Gayle, OLB, Virginia Tech, 6'4 255

*My Take: Another athletic OLB prospect that I think needs NFL coaching. The tools are there, just about developing them. He'll battle for the spot behind Justin Houston on the left side of the D.

6th Round- Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada, 6'4 315

*My Take: A guy I think is kind of falling under the radar. He's a guy that can potentially play 3-4 spots along the OL. A starter a LT his final year at Nevada, but he'll compete against David Diehl for a reserve spot on the Interior OL. He could potentially challenge for playing time at the LG spot.

7th Round(via Wash)- Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State, 6'5 310

*My Take: A guy who is athletic enough to start in the NFL at either Tackle spot. Needs to work on his technique and a year in the weight room would do him wonders. He'll battle FA signee Will Svitek for a spot on the 53 man Roster.


RB Roderick McDowell, Clemson, 5'9 200-

RB James Sims, Kansas, 5'11 200-

WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, 5'10 190-

WR Jaz Reynolds, Oklahoma, 6'2 198-

OT Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt, 6'5 290-

DE Jay Bromley, Syracuse, 6'3 285-

DE Garrison Smith, Georgia, 6'3 299-

OLB Michael Smith, Louisville, 6'3 252-

ILB Greg Blair, UCONN, 6'1 251-

ILB Nate Dreiling, Pitt State, 6'2 232-

ILB Preston Brown, Louisville, 6'2 260-

S Dezman Southward, Wisconsin, 6'1 210-

S Jason Hendricks, Pittsburgh, 5'11 190-

S Alden Darby, Arizona State, 5'11 195 -

S Avery Patterson, Oregon, 5'9 190-

CB Kenneth Acker, Southern Methodist, 6'0 195-

CB Travis Carrie, Ohio, 6'0 212-

CB Dontae Johnson, NC State, 6'2 195-

CB Jordan Love, Towson, 6'0 182-

CB Jeremy Brown, Florida, 5'10 185-

LS Trevor Gillette, Rice, 6'3 240-

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2014 90 Man Roster

QB Alex Smith
QB Chase Daniels
QB Tyler Bray
RB Jamaal Charles
RB Knile Davis
RB Cyrus Gray
RB Roderick McDowell(R)
RB James Sims(R)
FB Anthony Sherman
FB Toben Opurum
WR Dwayne Bowe
WR Donnie Avery
WR Jordan Matthews(R)
WR Tevin Reese(R)
WR Junior Hemingway
WR Josh Morgan
WR Rico Richardson
WR Frankie Hammond
WR Jaz Reynolds(R)
WR Michael Campanaro(R)
TE Anthony Fasano
TE Travis Kelce
TE Sean McGrath
TE Demetrius Harris
OT Eric Fisher
OT Donald Stephenson
OT Will Svitek
OT Billy Turner(R)
OT Wesley Johnson(R)
OG Jon Asamoah
OG Jeff Allen
OG David Diehl
OG Joel Bitonio(R)
OG Rishaw Johnson
OG Rokevious Watkins
OC Rodney Hudson
OC Eric Kush
OC Chandler Burden

DE Tyson Jackson
DE Mike DeVito
DE Allen Bailey
DE Mike Catapano
DE Jaye Howard
DE Jay Bromley(R)
DE Garrison Smith(R)
DL Anthony Toribio
NT Dontari Poe
NT Kyle Love
NT Zach Kerr(R)
OLB Justin Houston
OLB Jamie Collins
OLB ZaDarius Smith(R)
OLB James Gayle(R)
OLB Josh Martin
OLB Dezmon Moses
OLB Michael Smith(R)
ILB Derrick Johnson
ILB Akeem Jordan
ILB Nico Johnson
ILB James Michael Johnson
ILB Chase Blackburn
ILB Greg Blair(R)
ILB Nate Dreiling(R)
ILB Preston Smith(R)
CB Brandon Flowers
CB Sean Smith
CB Kyle Fuller(R)
CB Terrance Newman
CB Ron Parker
CB Vernon Kearney
CB Kenneth Acker(R)
CB Travis Carrie(R)
CB Dontae Johnson(R)
CB Jordan Love(R)
CB Jeremy Brown(R)
S Eric Berry
S Sanders Commings
S Quentin Demps
S Hussain Abdullah
S Antone Exum(R)
S Bradley McDougald
S Malcolm Bronson
S Avery Patterson(R)
S Jason Hendricks(R)
S Dezman Southward(R)
S Alden Darby(R)
K Ryan Succop
P Dustin Colquitt
LS Thomas Gafford
LS Trevor Gillette

53 Man Roster + Practice Squad Predictions:

QB: A. Smith, C. Daniels, T. Bray
RB: J. Charles, K. Davis, C. Gray
FB: A. Sherman
WR1: D. Bowe, J. Hemingway
WR2: D. Avery, T. Reese(R)
WR3: J. Matthews(R), J. Morgan
TE: A. Fasano, T. Kelce, S. McGrath, D. Harris
LT: E. Fisher, D. Stephenson
LG: J. Allen, D. Diehl
C: R. Hudson, E. Kush
RG: J. Asamoah, D. Diehl
RT: D. Stephenson, W. Svitek

3/4 Base

LE: T. Jackson, A. Bailey
NT: D. Poe, Z. Kerr(R)
RE: M. DeVito, A. Bailey
LOLB: J. Houston, J. Gayle(R)
SILB: A. Jordan, N. Johnson, J. Michael Johnson
WILB: D. Johnson, C. Blackburn
ROLB- J. Collins, Z. Smith(R)
CB1: B. Flowers, K. Fuller(R), R. Parker
CB2: S. Smith, T. Newman
FS: Q. Demps, S. Commings, A. Exum(R)
SS: E. Berry, A. Exum(R), H. Abdullah

Nickel Packages

DL- T. Jackson, A. Bailey,
DL- D. Poe, M. Catapano,
LOLB- J. Houston, J. Gayle(R)
ILB- D. Johnson, A. Jordan, N. Johnson
ROLB- J. Collins, Z. Smith(R)
CB1: B. Flowers
CB2: S. Smith
CB3: K. Fuller(R), T. Newman
S1: E. Berry
S2: S. Commings, H. Abdullah
S3: Q. Demps, A. Exum(R)

Special Teams

K: R. Succop
P: D. Colquitt
LS: T. Gafford

Practice Squad
RB James Sims(R)
FB Toben Opurum
WR Michael Campanaro(R)
OT Billy Turner(R)
OG Joel Bitonio(R)
DE Jay Bromley(R)
OLB Michael Smith(R)
S Malcolm Bronson

2015 Draft Picks
1st(via Cle)
3rd(Comp) via B.Albert

*Also would have a pretty good shot at getting comp picks for Schwartz and McCluster, as we didn't sign anyway worthy of value.


My main goal for this draft was to come up with ways to figure out how KC could manuver their Cap Space this offseason. With this offseason it would put at about 1 Mil left over and while I didn't make too many noticable changes I think I did a pretty good job of covering our needs. I kept alot of 2015-2017's Cap Space untouched as we will need to pay out big money to Houston, Berry, Poe, etc... The 2 areas I think I should have touched more on are QB and LG. While I wanted to bring in a developmental QB, with Bray I didn't feel like I had to unless the value was there and it never felt good enough. With the additional 1st Rounder in 2015 that'd give us an option to find 1 if Bray doesn't show much. LG was a trickier situation because I felt we needed playmakers WAY more than a guy to compete at LG and while Diehl isn't anything special he's a veteran that could spark with a change of scenery.

This whole draft took my about 2 months, give me some thoughts.
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I don't disagree with trading Hali conceptually, though the particular circumstances in this case I have trouble agreeing with. Jaime Collins is not someone who strikes me as a viable replacement. While he has solid potential as a pass rusher, I see him having a better role in an aggressive 4-3 than being a full-time rush LB. He doesn't really have the burst, upper body strength, or motor I'd prefer there. His ceiling to me is a Clark Haggans or a Shaun Phillips. A solid rusher, good overall guy, but not an explosive talent. I actually think he'd be a better bookend to Hali than to Houston. I understand the need for cap space, and Hali does that, but I think we need more than that to fill that spot if that move were to be made.

I love me some Jordan Mathews. Like a lot. Dominates on a team no WR has any right succeeding on.

Fuller as well. Nothing wrong with another 2nd round Virginia Tech CB.

Don't waste money on David Diehl. Guy has been garbage for years, and I assume costed more than he was worth. Give me Geoff Schwartz over Diehl any day. Similar versatility with less suckage.

Obviously, dislike the Cooper trade, but you touched on that.

I love the trade with Cleveland. As hard as it is to stomach, unless Manziel did great things immediately (I doubt it) that would be a much higher 1st rounder than the one we gave up.

I like the Svitek, Blackburn, and MAYBE the Newman signings. Depends on where you have everyone winding up at CB. The loss of Cooper might shuffle things.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clearly an outstanding amount of work went into this, so good job. But I can't say the Chiefs look a lot better here. The loss of Albert, Hali and Cooper will not be easy to over come. Pretty risky. But you made up for it with a very solid draft. Matthews would obviously would be a great target for Smith and I like the addition of Fuller and Exum in the secondary.
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