I disagree with 1, 4, 8, 20.
I didn't quote so I can't see the picks, but I don't see KC taking Smith over Joeckel. Hence, I disagree with 4. I also disagree with 8 because I think they would take him in the 2nd. I don't think 20 is a 1st-round pick at all.
I also disagree with 32. I'd go with Arthur Brown over Hopkins, but you know that. Two skill positions, one is more impactful. Brown can cover these TEs & maybe WRs. Hopkins is good and has good routes, but he is dependent on an OL. By your own logic, I don't see the point in taking a WR when we need an OT. So....yeah.
Well here is my justification on 1 and consequently 4. The 2013 mandatory cap spending along with the new regime change makes Geno Smith a more enticing option than drafting Jockel and overpaying for a lesser talent in FA (the class for KC's needs isn't that great this year). I've explained to Gabe a few times why I think that drafting Jockel is a lateral move for the chiefs that just ages them and forces them to make bad decisions with their cap. While I dont think any QB is worth going first overall, KC is desperate to end the nightmare that is Cassel/Quinn and theres always a QB whose draft stock ends up ballooning up to the top (Cam, Bradtford etc...). It just makes more sense for them to pay Albert and use the cap to extend their guys than to sign Jockel, let Albert walk, and then overpay a guy like Greg Jennings (just using him as an example because its a need I can think of off the top of my head).
As for 8, that is purely off of Buddy Nix saying he is going to find a franchise QB. He is known for being straight forward with his draft plans. He could take one in the second. He could trade back in the first for one, but as we saw with Tannehill and the draft 2 years ago, teams will reach for qb's.
As for #20, this is one of the picks I didnt like, but I looked at the other players available for their needs other than maybe Cooper couldnt find one that helps them more than this. They desperately need help at the book ends and if Fluker doesnt end up being an LT, he might able to play RT. Either way Webb and Camri arent gonna cut it. I thought about Barrett Jones either here or to the Rams, but I havent monitored his physicals enough to figure out how he'd do on an nfl level. The versatility would be attractive to either team if he could play guard on an nfl level well.
As for 32, WR is less dependent on the o-line compared to ilb being dependent on the d-line. I mean if you want an example, Larry Fitz got 1400 yards 2 years ago with the leagues worst o line. Granted its Fitz, but still. Hopkins has a very underrated skillset and should we cut Boldin is a guy who could come in and possibly offer a similar skill set.
We do need an OT, but the chances of us getting one are slim in the draft. Drafting a WR would let us cut Boldin and open up 6-7.5 mil depending on whatever cap hit he has, and let us possibly sign a FA OT. Im not saying we will go after Jake Long, or anything like that, just that it would gives the option. I personally hope Boldin agrees to a restructure but I dont see that happening.
I know there was a thread for it before, but can someone tell me what our cap situation is like prior to any moves being made. I think we have like 20 mil free and if we franchise tag Flacco that leaves us with about 5.4 mil which means cutting Boldin gives us 12.4 free.
Edited by Sizzlebshu, 30 January 2013 - 05:56 PM.