Ask Bob – 2012 NFL Free Agency & Draft

We are now less than three weeks away from the 2012 NFL Draft, so it seemed like a good time to pause for a moment and answer those questions you’ve been wanting to ask.

The inbox is open now – just attach your questions to this post between Friday afternoon and Sunday evening and we’ll start providing answers come Monday. Any subject is fair game, but let’s concentrate on free agency and the draft at this point.

Fill’er up!

21 Responses to “Ask Bob – 2012 NFL Free Agency & Draft”

  • April 6, 2012  - el cid says:

    The signing of our new RT was a big time move by Pioli, Hollis a legit backup for Charles, and Rout for Carr. Is that enough? It seems to me we are just a bit ahead of where we were last year with the injuried back to healthy. With moves by the rest of the AFC West, have we done enough the draft not withstanding?

  • April 6, 2012  - Michael D says:

    Sorry cid, Rout can’t hold Carr’s jo*k. The most penalized defensive member of the most penalized team in the NFL is not a set up IMHO. I hope his contract states that for every penalty he commits it’s a 10k fine.

    With that being said, is it just me or is Jr and Pioli trying their version of Major League; putting together the worst team possible so the attendance will fall enough to move the team. For some reason I have felt that way ever since he took over the team. Hope I’m just being paranoid.

  • April 6, 2012  - Jeff Collins says:

    Ive always enjoyed your mock draft so put on your Pioli hat and run the Chiefs draft through your eyes

  • April 6, 2012  - Michael D says:

    Oh man forgot my question.

    Bob, what are your thoughts about the Chiefs possibly making DB the first pick this year to compliment the return of Berry to the secondary?

    And as always thanks for all the hard work on the site and keep all of us that bleed red and gold informed.

  • April 6, 2012  - txchief says:

    Bob, thanks for the “open mike” for questions. I am personally more optimistic about the upcoming season than I have been in many years.

    Do you share in any optimism about the team in 2012?

    I’d love to see KC add another weapon like Trent Richardson, but he’ll be long gone by pick 11. I’m fearful of a reach for Poe if he is there when the Chiefs select. As controlling the line of scrimmage is paramount to winning games, would you be in favor of DeCastro at #11, or do you envision a trade or a surprise pick?

    Thanks for your work on this site.

  • April 6, 2012  - Donald says:

    Bob: If, as you allude to in another post, the Chief’s are done with free agency signings, what is your best guesstimate as to the position or player they choose with their first pick?

    Thanks for all you’ve done to keep us informed.

  • April 7, 2012  - Shawn Willemse says:

    Bob, how much does the contract situations of Dorsey and Jackson come in to play for the Chiefs draft this year? From what I understand, Dorsey’s contract is up after 2012 and Jackson’s cap number rises to a point where it will probably have to be dealt with.

  • April 7, 2012  - R W says:

    Bob, assuming the team’s primary needs do you see them addressing those needs such as picking a NT in the first round or do you see them being in an enviable position to go with the highest rated player on their board regardless of position?

  • April 7, 2012  - milkman says:

    Bob, what is your opinion of the middle linebacker out of Boston College, Luke Kuechly? If there is not an undeniable elite nose tackle setting there at #11 (we all cringe at the thought of another mediocre pick in that area), do you think the Chiefs can still upgrade their ability to stop the run by taking what most experts say is the most intelligent linebacker with the best nose for the football in the draft this year? If not, where do you think the ceiling is for Jovan Belcher?

    Also, please give us a name of someone who Pioli may pick that will surprize all of us when he turns in that first pick.

  • April 7, 2012  - Josh says:

    Bob, emotions aside, and in your professional evaluation of the talent on the Chiefs squad, can Kansas City win a Superbowl (let alone get deep in the playoffs) with the current personnel at QB?

  • April 7, 2012  - el cid says:

    Side issue, Mich. D but the Chiefs were not going to keep Carr (much like their interest in Manning was for local fan PR) and Routt was all there was out there at the right price. ?Who did you want to replace Carr, Arenas? No really arguing but you have to consider who is on each side with the fans in the middle. Clark and Pioli – fans – Carr and you get Routt.

  • April 7, 2012  - Randall Webb says:

    If Trent Richardson were to fall to #11, would the Chiefs take him? I know he have some depth at RB but for a running team how could they pass up a Charles/Richardson backfield tandem?

  • April 7, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    Bob; Over on Sirius satellite radio Pat Kirwin and Tim Ryan have the Chiefs taking Kevin Zeitler an “offensive Right Guard in the “second round”. My question is we really don’t need a right guard. Asmoah is more than capable. So my question is how difficult is it to make a “right guard” into a “left guard”??? Thats the position we need to address.

  • April 7, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Bob, free agency looks done and the draft is coming. The next big chance to add players will be as the tems cut down. Any chance of meaningful addtions then?

  • April 8, 2012  - Dio says:

    Bob, does the arrival of Peyton Manning to the division make improving the pass rush through the draft more of a priority? A lot of talk that the Chiefs will look at a nose tackle in round one but I’m wondering if Fletcher Cox makes more sense as a guy who can provide an inside pass rush? Run stuffers can be found later.

    Also, a lot of fans seem to be ready to replace G Ryan Lilja with perhaps David DeCastro in round 1. I think he is still a solid starter and we have other needs. What is your take?

  • April 8, 2012  - vincent belt says:

    How about having a top 100 contest? The true test of a draft aficionado is to get an 80% or better percentage of your top 100 actually drafted in the top 100 selections. The winner could get an additional years subscription.
    Rich gosling was known as the king, known to average between 82 and 88 of his top 100! He is taking this year off

  • April 8, 2012  - John Hill says:

    Looks like the Chiefs would have to move up ahead of Miami if they want to draft Tannehill. Do you think they should do that?

  • April 8, 2012  - SteveO says:

    Bob, do you think Brandon Weeden would be available to the Chiefs in the second round and if he is, would they take him or even trade up in the second round to do so? Interested in your view of him, especially compared to Tannehill. I don’t worry about the age factor – I would think the maturity would appeal to Pioli.

  • April 8, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    You said losing Carr was a mistake. So it took $10mil a year to sign him. With that cap space spent on a #2 CB, who would you have not signed (besides Routt)?
    Also would you be ok with all the cap space gone when the next wave of FA coming after the draft?

  • April 8, 2012  - ObscureDave says:


    Don’t know if you know the answer to this but I’ve always wondered if a team is allowed to set any conditions when trading a draft pick. For instance, could a team negotiate that the team receiving your pick not select player XYZ (whom you happen to have your sights on)?

    I suspect this is not allowed (or feasible).

    Your thoughts?

  • April 9, 2012  - vincent belt says:

    Do you see any change in philosophy in regards to the signing of free agents? Last year especially, the Chiefs seemed to lose out on many of the top prospects?
    Is the philosophy of the priority of UDFAs fall more on the coach, the owner or the GM?

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