Although I wasn't a fan of the Chiefs' first round pick, I was happy with the way the rest of the draft went. Ostensibly, their second round pick was Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel.
Although Cassel carries an enormous monetary price tag, he has 15 more starts than anyone in the draft, so for that reason alone he's a better bet than Matthew Stafford. I have my doubts about the logic of having Cassel playing out his franchise tender, since if he has a great year he'll be an unrestricted free agent (or carry a franchise tender of about $18 million), and if he has a bad year you've sacrificed your second rounder and $15 million. Vrabel has one year left on his contract at $3.2 million, chump change for a guy who was an All Pro in 2007. To land both guys for a second rounder in a trade that seems at least partially responsible for causing a schism between a division rival and their quarterback is a triple mitzvah if there is such a thing.
I could go down the rest of their draft and say this was a sound pick, this was a reach, etc. but I've hardly seen any of these guys play. Donald Washington was a typical OSU CB pick – great athlete (absurd 45″ vertical), some character issues, and more than a bit raw. Good risk/reward pick in the fourth. Ryan Succop has a better chance of sticking around in the league than any Mr. Irrelevent since Matt Elliot, but he's got to change the pronunciation of his last name. Succop is already one of the larger kickers in the league at 6' 3″ 221 lbs, and if he flames out as a kicker he could always try punting like Michael Koenen. I had to go to Scouts, Inc. for any info on the rest of their picks, and I don't feel comfortable regurgitating other people's opinions on these picks as confirmation or comdemnation. Colin Brown may have been a reach in the fifth, but the fact that he's a 6' 7″ 340 local product is intriguing.
Profootballtalk mentions that the Lions turned down the Chiefs offer of the 3rd pick for the 20th and 33rd picks. As a point of comparison, the Jets traded the 17th and 52nd picks along with three players for the 5th pick, a similar value to what the Chiefs were asking. I remain convinced that Jackson would have been available at 12, but it's still unclear whether Kansas City had a single offer on the board to trade down. I maintain that if there wasn't an offer in hand I would have passed repeatedly until I felt comfortable with the projected contract.
The Chiefs' undrafted rookie free agent class consists of
Jackie Bates (CB, Hampton), Jovan Belcher (LB, Maine), Tom Crabtree (TE, Miami of Ohio), Londen Fryar (CB, Western Michigan), Dion Gales (DE, Troy), Cameron Goldberg (OT, Duke), Robert Greenwood (DE, Alabama), Darryl Harris (OG, MIssissippi), Taurus Johnson (WR, South Florida), Ricky Price (S, Oklahoma State), Corey Smith (LB, Cincinnati), and Pierre Walters (LB, Eastern Illinois).
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Written by Ryan Cleaver
Ryan Cleaver was born in Björk’s house in Iceland and grew up on Easter Island, where his parents were giant stone heads. He has the ability to fire beams of tacos out of his hands and he can turn his legs into tigers. On Sundays, Ryan enjoys reading Family Circus and traveling through time. His favorite color is greenish-transparent and his favorite movie is the one you just watched.