May 13, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: Kansas City Chiefs

#30 Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

Kansas City Chiefs
Division: AFC West | Last Season Record: 11-5

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: Their biggest need is wide receiver. Even with Dwayne Bowe, who should not be considered a number one receiver, they needed to take advantage of a very strong, deep class of pass catchers. The guard position is a serious concern as well. They need two new starters.

Kansas City had a strong defense last season, but their defensive backs struggled. They should have targeted a corner and/or a safety in the early rounds, and someone like C.J. Mosley in the first round to pair with Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker would be a luxury.

Also, Alex Smith will be a free agent after this season. They may have needed to find his potential replacement in this draft. Maybe as early as the first round?

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 1

23. (23) Dee Ford, OLB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Auburn
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 252 lbs.

Round 3

23. (87) Phillip Gaines, CB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Rice
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 191 lbs.

Round 4

24. (124) De'Anthony Thomas*, RB
Experience: Junior | School: Oregon
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 174 lbs.

Round 5

23. (163) Aaron Murray, QB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Georgia
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 204 lbs.

Round 6

17. (193) Zach Fulton, OG
Experience: Senior | School: Tennessee
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 319 lbs.

24. (200) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT
Experience: Senior | School: McGill
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 298 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Phillip Gaines, CB (Round 3, Pick 23)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Rice
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 191 lbs.

Analysis: This was a great pick. Rice had a chance to sneak into the late first round, but I thought he was a second round lock. Cornerback was a pretty big need for the Chiefs, and they got a very good starter in the third round in Phillip Gaines.

Most Questionable Pick:

Dee Ford, OLB (Round 1, Pick 23)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Auburn
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 252 lbs.

Analysis: The value was decent for Dee Ford, but I felt like the Chiefs needed to address more pressing needs like receiver or defensive back in the first round. Not a terrible pick by any means though. Ford is a good football player.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Daniel Sorensen, SS
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Brigham Young
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 205 lbs.

Analysis: Sorensen should be a really good special teams player. I thought he had a shot of getting drafted. He has a good shot to secure a roster spot.

Other Free Agent Signings

Albert Wilson, WR, Georgia State
James Baker, RB, Idaho
Cairo Santos, K, Tulane
Cole Pensick, C, Nebraska
Will Latu, OL, Abilene Christian
Charcandrick West, RB, Abilene Christian
David Van Dyke, DB, Tennessee State
Ben Gottschalk, OT, Southern Methodist
Darryl Surgent, WR, Louisiana-Lafayette
Kacy Rogers, S, Miami
Ben Johnson, LB, Tennessee-Martin
Joey Demartino, RB, Utah State
Kenny Carter, DE, Auburn
Kona Schwenke, DL, Notre Dame
Marcus Heit, LS, Kansas St
Deron Furr, S, Fort Valley State
Vyncent Jones, C, Utah
Jon Jennings, QB, Saginaw Valley State
Stetson Burnett, OG, Tulsa
Turvon Brandin, CB, Monmouth
Brandon Denmark, LB, Florida A&M

Draft Review:

Analysis: Dee Ford is one of the best edge rushers in this class. Drafting him in the first round may not have made a ton of sense, but he will likely replace Tambi Hali as a starter in the near future.

Phillip Gaines was one of the best picks used on day 2. He should be an immediate starter. Hopefully Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith perform better this season.

De'Anthony Thomas will fill Dexter McCluster's old role. He could be their change of pace back, but will likely flourish as a slot receiver. This is a great fit.

In the 5th round, Aaron Murray was another great value pick. They already have Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray on the roster, but why not add a guy to compete with them? They could flip one or two of these guys for a draft pick in the future.

Zach Fulton was good value in the 6th round, but he may not be their answer if they want him to become one of their starting guards. At least, not in the short term.

Some team was expected to take a chance on Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in the 4th or 5th round, so Andy Reid is probably ecstatic that he got his hands on a project like LDT.

The Verdict: In terms of getting great value, the Chiefs had one of the best drafts out of all the NFL teams. However, they didn't draft a true receiver at any point in the draft, and waited until the sixth round to select a guard. That ultimately hurts what was otherwise a really good draft.

Overall Grade: B-