ANSWER BOB – WITH MORE NEW ANSWERS 5/7

Allright, here are the last bunch of answers from your questions about the NFL Draft over the last few days.

As always, a lot of great questions. I can only hope to match some of them with my answers. We’ll do this again sometime when the NFL is focused on the field, not the courtroom.

Newest answers are on top.

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May 5, 2011 - Don in ICT says:  Bob, if you had a trump card and could pull one rookie just drafted and bring them to our team who would it be?

Bob says – Tough one there. It would be easy to say Von Miller, or A.J. Green, or Julio Jones, somebody taken early in the first round that they didn’t get a shot at. But I’ll take somebody else they did have a shot at – Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers. He fell from the top five to the second round because of questions the league still has about his injured knee. Unless there is no way he’s ever going to get to even say 95 percent, I’d bring him in and give him a shot. If he can get back to close to the top of his ability, he’s going to be one motivated guy.

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May 6, 2011 - TimR says: Thanks for posting your picks Bob. They’re interesting – especially the selection of the RB John Clay. Seems like a slower version of Jackie Battle. Thought that pick was a bit curious. I do agree, however, a potential replacement for Thomas Jones will be needed that would also be an upgrade over Battle. Love & agree with the Herzlich pick.

Bob says – Clay ran for more than 3,400 yards and 41 TDs in three seasons at Wisconsin. I think that’s better than Battle and what he did in college with 2,120 yards and 31 TDS in four seasons. There are questions about Clay, or he would have been drafted. He’s coming off a disappointing ’10 season when he started with a pair of surgeries on his ankles. He’s a power runner, who sometimes thinks he’s a speed runner. That he’s definitely not, but if there is a question of motivation, then two guys like Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles will get him straightened out.

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May 6, 2011 - Michael says: Well, KC can still get some of your picks, Bob. Clay, I. Williams, and Herzlich will all be available as college free agents. I like all three of them, too. They all fit KC, and are Pioli types players; so maybe they will end up in a Chiefs uniform. I hope so. Lots of good college free agents will be available…sometime. Man, this sucks with no football news: there are signings, trades, cuts and pickups to be made, Dammit!

Bob says – Yes, there are a bunch of undrafted free agents out there who could help this team, or at least increase the level of competition. I definitely believe those three would raise the level of competition.

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May 7, 2011 - James says: Some UDFA’s I’d like the Chief’s to sign, NT Williams, ND; RB Berry, Miami; C Taylor, Utah; WR Maehl, OR; CB Jones, NW MO ST; TE Oordt, N IA; and OT Mims, Virginia Union. Agree with Michael, both sides need to pull their head out of their butts and get a deal done.

Bob says – James, I like the fact you went across the board at every position. That’s likely what the Chiefs will do, considering who they got in the draft and what’s left over; one UDFA at every position.

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May 7, 2011 - Blake says: Bob, do you think the Chiefs will open up the offense a little more this year? Let Cassel throw the ball a little more, now that Moeaki and Dexter are a year older and we now have Baldwin who can stretch the field and is a major upgrade over Chambers? Also do you think the defense will be a little more aggressive than last year? We played a very conservative defense, just because we didn’t have enough talent to be more aggressive. Now that we have Houston, who combined with Hali, could possibly wreck havoc on offensive lines this year. We also have depth at more positions to be able to be a little more aggressive.

Bob says – Blake, all very good questions, and all questions that go hand-in-hand. A more successful and open offense, will lead to a less conservative defense approach. Offensively, it’s hard to make assumptions right now because we aren’t sure about the development of Moeaki and McCluster. The second year is sometimes the hardest for players and these two will not be any different; opponents are going to be looking for them. Baldwin will definitely be an upgrade over Chambers. The more they can show Todd Haley that they have the ability to open up the offense, the more I think he’ll be willing to do so. Defensively, the talent level is increased with Houston, but they need to find some more help in free agency along the defensive line. Bailey could be a factor, but it’s not something you can take to the bank right now.
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May 3, 2011 - TimR says: What are the picks you would’ve made, round by round, assuming they were on the board at the time in that round?

Bob says – Nothing better than hindsight. Give me hindsight and I could actually be an NFL executive. Anyway, here’s what I would have done, based on the players available at the time the Chiefs selected. I reserve the right to change my mind many times:

# Player Rnd/#   Gretz Pick1 Comments
1. WR Jonathan Baldwin 1/26   Same Good player, special combo of skills and talents; it’s a major position of need.
2. C/G Rodney Hudson 2/55   CB BrandonHarris U. of Miami, 2-year starter; football is important to him. Went to Houston on pick #60
3. OLB Justin Houston 3/70   Same Not sure I want the headaches if he goes off the tracks, but gifted physically.
4. DL Allen Bailey 3/86   G Clint Boling One of the better G prospects in this class out of Georgia; went on pick #101 to Bengals.
5. CB Jalil Brown 4/118   QB RickyStanzi Just the right spot to pick this passer. QB a need and he’s best at this point.
6. QB Ricky Stanzi 5/135   NT IanWilliams Not drafted, but had ratings better than Powe; 6-1, 320 pounds.
7. LB Gabe Miller 5/140   OT JasonPinkston Big OT at 6-3, 317; versatile – could go inside; pick #150 to the Browns.
8. DL Jerrell Powe 6/199   RB  JohnClay Not drafted; big Wisc. back at 6-1, 230;  different skill set than JC and TJ.
9. FB Shane Bannon 7/223   LB MarkHerzlich Not drafted; BC LB beat cancer and might be a year away from being 100 percent. Intangibles off the charts.

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May 5, 2011 - ChuckP says: Bob, Just 2 questions: we really didn’t do anything at the running back spot. Can Thomas Jones hold up for another grueling season??? He seemed to really peter out the last 2 or 3 games of the season last year. Also can Brian Waters hold up for another long season??? Other than Rodney Hudson we did not address the O-Line either. Would love to hear your opinion on both of my questions.

Bob says – I’d hate to count Thomas Jones out of the 2011 season. The guy has done too much over his career when he’s been counted out. But there’s no question he’s over the hump when it comes to average running backs and their productive seasons. And, there’s no question that he was not productive in the last quarter of the season. I would expect Brian Waters to hold up for one more season, unless his preparation for the season is compromised completely by his duties as a players’ association official. As to addressing both positions, the Chiefs will have another chance when free agency is opened in the league.

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May 5, 2011 - RW says: Bob, another somewhat related question: How would you rate the GM job of Pioli vs Peterson in terms of drafting acumen thus far, and overall general effectiveness?

Bob says – RW, I think it’s too early to do a fair comparison when it comes to drafting prowess, since we have a full record of Peterson’s first three years and Pioli’s first three is still incomplete. Let’s just throw up the selections in the first three rounds:

  • Peterson – (First) LB Derrick Thomas, LB Percy Snow, RB Harvey Williams; (Second) QB Mike Elkins, C Tim Grunhard, OT  Joe Valerio; (third) WR Naz Worthen, Tim Barnett, pick traded for Steve Pelluer.
  • Pioli – (First) DE Tyson Jackson, SS Eric Berry, WR Jonathan Baldwin; (Second) pick traded for QB Matt Cassel and LB Mike Vrabel; WR Dexter McCluster, CB Javier Arenas, C/G Rodney Hudson; (Three) DE Alex Magee, C/G Jon Asamoah, TE Tony Moeaki, OLB Justin Houston, DL Allen Bailey.

We know Peterson scored with D.T., Grunhard and Barnett. Pioli has scored with Berry, Cassel, Vrabel, and possibly McCluster and Moeaki so far.

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May 5, 2011 – Unknown says: There should be no reason to be surprised by any pick after round 4. The odds of a 5th, 6th, and 7th round player hitting are so low, why not take a flyer on an intriguing prospect? If the guy is nothing more than an athlete that can hit, Gabe Miller has a place on special teams. If he does that, his selection was worth it. Remember, Jared Allen was drafted because of his long-snapping ability as much as anything else.

Bob says – Last things first: Jared Allen was a fourth-round draft choice and I’m not sure where this urban legend began about the major reason he was drafted in 2004 was because he was a deep snapper. That’s just not true. He was drafted because he had a great record at the Division 1-AA level of sacking the quarterback. Had Allen not had some off-field concerns in the eyes of some teams, he likely would have been a second or third round pick.

When there is not a good, strong overall roster, there are no “take a flyer” picks. They got FS Kendrick Lewis last year in the fifth and back to 2009, they picked up K Ryan Succop in the seventh. An undrafted Jovan Belcher has been starting at inside linebacker. Just in the 2000s, through all the good and bad football, late round picks have made big contributions and none were so-called flyers. There was S Jarrad Page (7), OT Will Svitek (6), OT Kevin Sampson (7), DE Jimmy Wilkerson (6), LB Scott Fujita (5), RB Derrick Blaylock (5), RB Dante Hall (5), and CB Pat Dennis (5). All saw significant playing time and even starters.

Whether or not they took a “flyer” on Miller and Bannon, there were certainly other possibilities with longer resumes against better competition and more experience at their position.

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May 3, 2011 - Blake says: Bob, which pick did you like the most and like the least?

Bob says – I really like the selection of Rodney Hudson in the second round. I think he’s going to be a bit of a throwback, whether he plays center or guard. I think he’ll play at sub-300 pounds and they’ll actively move him around on traps and sweeps. I’d say the pick I didn’t like would be Miller or Bannon. Both of these guys are basically developmental players. The Chiefs aren’t good enough to be giving up draft choices on players who won’t challenge for playing time, not when there were players left in the pool like Notre Dame DT Ian Williams or Arkansas G Ray Dominguez.

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May 3, 2011 - Tenand6 says: Assuming most of these draft choices make the team, how do you see the Chiefs compared to the other teams in the division? Looking at the draft, did we improve ourselves….make ourselves more competitive against Oakland, San Diego and Denver? Or, did those teams draft in a way to negate any upgrades?

Bob says – The Chargers scored with DT Corey Liuget in the first round; he should step in and play the nose in an area that has become much less talented in the last few years. The Broncos problem in recent seasons have been on offense, but I think they scored on defense with LB Von Miller and FS Rahim Moore leading the way.  Without a first-round choice, the Raiders had to wait until the 48th spot. That’s when they got legacy pick Stefan Wisniewski, who’s Uncle Steve played many years for the silver and black and in fact has returned to the Raiders as offensive line coach this season. The Chiefs liked Wisniewski as well and he would have been under consideration at No. 55 had he still be around – he went at No. 48.

The problem that Oakland and Denver have is new coaches and staffs that are going to get limited time with their teams. I don’t think anybody scored enough in the draft to overwhelm the Chiefs haul.

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May 3, 2011 - JT says:  It looks like Pioli thinks Gabe Miller has unreached potential that will become immediately evident as he starts to play OLB. Is that right? I also would like to know if the glut of OLB/TE/H-back types is a product of Pioli believing he can always use these guys on special teams?

Bob says – As for Miller’s unreached potential, I’m not sure there’s anyone in the league among talent evaluators that’s good enough to look at a two-year defensive end and be able to see that he can make the transition to OLB.  And yes, the additions of OLB-TE-FB types are designed to bring in some athletic types that will end up helping in the kicking game.

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May 3, 2011 - Ray says: Bob, (1.) Will the Chiefs put the best player on the field in every instance, even at the expense of respected leaders like Waters, Vrabel, and Wiegmann? (2.) Do you think it likely Wiegmann could stay on as a backup, teaching Hudson the ropes? (3.) Will KC bring in a veteran QB as insurance in case Cassel were to get injured? (4.) Could any of the current OLB’s be moved to compete inside? If so who? (5.) What do you predict will be the depth chart at NT?

Bob says – (1.) I think the best overall player will be on the field 99 percent of the time. He may not be the best athlete, but being a top player isn’t always about being the fastest and strongest. It means knowing what to do. There are not going to be many instances where Haley and his staff are going to stick with a player who keeps making mistakes no matter his 40-time.

(2.) I think Wiegmann’s career in pro football will be over when he is no longer the team’s starter. I don’t think he really has any desire to hang around as a player-coach type role. He’s a competitor and I don’t see him willingly being around the competition and not taking part. (3.) I think they’ll be on the constant lookout for a veteran QB, but I don’t think it will be a priority until the last few moments of the pre-season.

(4.) Outside LBs who could move inside, the only one I could see being suited for that type of move would be Andy Studebaker. (5.) At nose tackle, I think it will be Ron Edwards and Jerrell Powe

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May 4, 2011 - RW says: Another area of secondary need un-addressed in this draft was RB. Thomas Jones was stellar again last year but tailed off considerably toward the end of the season, so do you think the Chiefs have a particular free agent or two in mind to provide able job sharing with Charles?

Bob says – You would think they would; I know I’d have found an experienced body for the backfield. But I’m not sure the Chiefs think it’s as big a problem as we do. Any time he’s given a chance, Todd Haley has nothing but praise for what Jones did last year and what he can provide in ’11. They’ve asked T.J. to drop a few pounds and go lighter, to help his quickness and speed.

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May 4, 2011 - aPauled says: What can we assume from the Round #4 pick of Jalil Brown? Buyer’s remorse with Arenas at the nickel? Retention of Carr? Potential transition to safety? Can’t have too many cover corners? Or maybe he was just the BPA?

Bob says – Let’s go back to the 2010 season, when they went to Seattle and Brandon Flowers could not play. Also inactive that day was Donald Washington. So who did the Chiefs start on the corner – undrafted free agent Jackie Bates. Arenas is really a specialist when it comes to playing defense – covering the slot, where sometimes he can blitz the quarterback. I don’t think there’s buyer’s remorse on Arenas at the nickel, but I think there’s the realization he can’t be the third corner. Plus, there’s the contract situations of Carr and Flowers, and if he has too, he can play safety. The Chiefs – and several other teams by the way – had him rated among the best position players who could contribute on special teams. That was a big factor in his selection.

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May 4, 2011 - Craig says: Not to beat a dead horse, but the 2011 draft choices seemed to stray from Pioli’s stated policy and last year’s theme of “team captains”, avoiding guys with character issues. Were the choices based on athletic ability or need or both? Or did the organization feel confident enough in the overall team talent level that they could take some risk? It seems two high picks have a huge downside potential and a huge upward potential. Do you see this putting a lot of pressure on the draftees with supposed character issues to conform or create locker room problems? I love the Allen Bailey choice. I think he may be the best addition.

Bob says – I’m not so sure that Pioli strayed that far from the ’10 Draft. Of the nine players, seven were captains last season for their college teams. That’s a year after six of seven draft choices were team captains. The character issue here belongs to one player and one player only – LB Justin Houston.  I’ve talked to everyone I could find in the life of Jonathan Baldwin in the past week, digging up some old phone numbers from back east and he’s not a problem character. He’s got his immature moments, but there has never been a pattern with him for bad behavior. Houston is another matter, because there are some holes in his game that come through on the tape, where he simply takes plays off and doesn’t hustle. There’s no way the best defensive player on a team in the SEC should play like that. And of course the failed drug test at the NFL Combine is not something I’m willing to just walk away from.

I’m no prude; I know college kids smoke marijuana.  I know there are players on the Chiefs who smoke grass. That’s our society today. But for this guy to get caught by a planned drug test again says one of two things, and neither one is favorable – he’s got a problem and just had to smoke, or he’s dumb enough to think he wasn’t going to get caught, or wasn’t concerned about the situation.

Let’s also remember this, there were a lot of rumors about some of the players in that 2009 draft class that were evidence that they were not all choir boys. Donald Washington was suspended twice by Ohio State for problems off the field. Near as we know, after two years he’s only been a disappointment on the field, not off the field.

I think that Pioli/Haley got carried away last year by a group of players that was more mature than they even knew when drafting them.

Teams are always better off when they don’t have a lot of problem players. But the key to winning remains the same – talent.

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May 3, 2011 - RW says: Was Baldwin the Chief’s first realistic choice? I’ve read and heard varying reports ranging from Solder to Pouncey being the guys they coveted most. What up there? Also, on the Baldwin pick, it seemed the Chiefs had some stealth intel that he was in play for other teams, thus seeing them rush the pick up at #26 overall when the Ravens/Bears deal went south. My question: Was Baldwin both a value and need pick when he was taken? Thanks.

Bob says – Baldwin was highly coveted by the Chiefs and was probably the second, maybe third offensive player on their wish list for the first round. They had a real interest in Pouncey, not so much with Solder. I think as we saw as all seven rounds played out, they didn’t view OT as a big area of need. As for the quick pick when all stuff went down between the Ravens and Bears, I think it was just the Chiefs making sure nothing got in the way. They had no idea who was involved with the Ravens and no idea what player this unnamed teams was most interested in. The whole incident was driven by the Bears belief that the Chiefs wanted Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi. I think that the Chiefs viewed Baldwin as somewhere in the 30 to 35 range on their big board, so they didn’t really reach for him. No question the pick was need based.

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May 3, 2011 - TimR says: What are the picks you would’ve made, round by round, assuming they were on the board at the time in that round?

Bob says – TimR stay tuned, I’ll have a list for you here by the end of the night.

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May 3, 2011 - el cid says: Baring injury all the picks will make the opening day roster. Assuming normal attrition by retirements and bottom of roster, who goes?

Bob says –  OK, including guys that were on the team last year and are unsigned right now I’d throw out these names as having a different zip code come September: Brodie Croyle, Tim Castille, Mike Cox, Chris Chambers, Corey Mays, Travis Daniels, Jon McGraw, Donald Washington and Mike Vrabel. I’m sure there a few I missed.

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May 3, 2011 - Hulls4Chiefs says: Had collective bargaining still been in place, and a reduced or non-existent season wasn’t looming, do you think the draft would have gone differently? Some teams, like the Chiefs, had plenty of cash under the cap; other teams were right up against the ceiling. Assuming we picked to fill holes and not BAA, do you imagine the Chiefs would have perhaps traded up instead of down given the previous agreement? On another note, does Jones have enough left in his tank to warrant not drafting a sizable running back? Battle doesn’t seem to be very battle-tested, and Jamaal will become another LJ if he’s given anywhere near 400 carries in a season.

Bob says – It’s hard to think there would be much different with an agreement in place or not. If free agency had already happened, that may have effected things and maybe some of the holes are filled and they find some other position to use their pick. I don’t think they had any interest in trading up; I think they are still of the mind to pick up as many choices as possible. If they had the same rules as last year, then the salary cap would not have been a factor, since there was no cap in 2010. I was a bit surprised as well that they didn’t go for a running back at all in the draft. They might have their eye on somebody in the free agent pool. And you are right about Charles; he’s a 250-carry guy. Anything north of that will have him limping about.

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May 3, 2011 - Nathan says: Leaving out the character concerns, it seems like the Chiefs got good value in the later rounds. Houston and Powe in particular. Do you see either of these guys contributing this year? Could Houston beat out Studebaker for the spot vacated by Vrabel (assuming it’s vacated)? Will Powe take Toribio’s roster spot? What’s up with the FB from Yale? Is he anything other than a special teamer? What’s the skinny on Gabe Miller? Another special teamer/project?

Bob says – Houston was certainly a good value pick, as long as the baggage he carries doesn’t cause a concern. Powe could be a real find, but there’s too much that we have to see him do, like keep his weight under control and play hard on every snap, before he can be declared a value pick. I can see both players contributing this year. Whether Houston can handle the transition to the NFL will depend on how he handles the mental end of things and obviously, based on his positive drug test at the NFL Combine, he’s not the smartest or most mature guy in the building. If he comes in and handles his business, Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel will get him on the field, more likely in pass rush situations. As far as Shane Bannon, who knows? I’ve got a guy sending me a DVD on some of his game film so I’ll withhold judgment until I can see more than highlights. He’ll contribute on special teams and he should be able to handle anything on offense they want to throw at him. Gabe Miller is the one choice that still baffles me; he is a project, but he has two things that are hard to combine in one body – size and speed.

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May 3, 2011 - Haley’s Ego says: Say the Chiefs take a step backward this year…and end up 6-10 or 5-11. Would Haley’s job be safe?

Bob says – No, his job would not be safe. There’s a vibe that runs through the Chiefs organization these days that starts at the very top with Clark Hunt and rolls down through management and it does not include a one for all, and one for all type of feeling. I don’t think Hunt will have much patience with a step backwards, not with so many seats and suites to sell and sponsorships to pull in.  He can survive a step back, maybe 8-8, 7-9, but five or six victories isn’t going to cut it.

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May 3, 2011 - hooker says: Can we assume Pioli felt Gabe Miller was going to be selected by another team before the Chiefs’ 6th round pick? Also – I know you talked about the local players, but can you list the (30?)”national” players the Chiefs brought to KC before the draft?

Bob says – Don’t know about another team interested in Miller; he didn’t draw a lot of interest around the league, but one never knows. I wish I could provide the 30 national players that came in for a visit, but that type of information is basically considered similar in secrecy to the Pentagon launch codes. We know that Baldwin and Houston did, and Hudson and Bailey did not.

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May 3, 2011 - Johnfromfairfax says: Bob, Do you have any thoughts regarding which undrafted free agents the Chiefs might be interested in signing when the lockout ends and what areas do you see us pursuing further in free agency?

Bob says – I have no individual names among the potential college free agents, but I’m sure they’ll seek players at just about every position, with maybe the exception of linebacker, where they have so many bodies right now. As far as veteran free agents, I think we’ll see them go after an offensive tackle, a veteran running back and a wide receiver or two. Experienced special teams guys will get a real look, no matter the position they play.

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May 3, 2011 - Rick says: Bob, do you think the Chiefs have plans on Stanzi potentially being our starter in the next year or two?

Bob says – No, I don’t think they view him as a starter in waiting. I think they want to get him in, have him backup Cassel and then his future will be with some other team or if Cassel would physically break down. With Pioli saying he wants to do things the way Ron Wolf did them in Green Bay, it’s all about drafting QBs, developing them and then dealing him for a pick something higher than what was use to draft him.


29 Responses to “ANSWER BOB – WITH MORE NEW ANSWERS 5/7”

  • May 3, 2011  - RW says:

    Was Baldwin the Chief’s first realistic choice? I’ve read and heard varying reports ranging from Solder to Pouncey being the guys they coveted most. What up there?

    Also, on the Baldwin pick, it seemed the Chiefs had some stealth intel that he was in play for other teams, thus seeing them rush the pick up at #26 overall when the Ravens/Bears deal went south. My question: Was Baldwin both a value and need pick when he was taken?

    Thanks.


  • May 3, 2011  - TimR says:

    What are the picks you would’ve made, round by round, assuming they were on the board at the time in that round?


  • May 3, 2011  - el cid says:

    Baring injury all the picks will make the opening day roster. Assuming normal attriction by retirements and bottom of roster, who goes?


  • May 3, 2011  - Hulls4Chiefs says:

    Had collective bargaining still been in place, and a reduced or non-existent season wasn’t looming, do you think the draft would have gone differently? Some teams, like the Chiefs, had plenty of cash under the cap, other teams were right up against the ceiling. Assuming we picked to fill holes and not BAA, do you imagine the Chiefs would have perhaps traded up instead of down given the previous agreement? On another note, does Jones have enough left in his tank to warrant not drafting a sizable running back? Battle doesn’t seem to be very battle-tested, and Jamaal will become another LJ if he’s given anywhere near 400 carries in a season.


  • May 3, 2011  - Nathan says:

    Leaving out the character concerns, it seems like the Chiefs got good value in the later rounds. Houston and Powe in particular. Do you see either of these guys contributing this year? Could Houston beat out Studebaker for the spot vacated by Vrabel(assuming it’s vacated)?
    Will Powe take Toribio’s roster spot?
    What’s up with the FB from Yale? Is he anything other than a special teamer?


  • May 3, 2011  - Nathan says:

    One more question: What’s the skinny on Gabe Miller? Another special teamer/project?


  • May 3, 2011  - dan in joplin says:

    Good question TimR, that’s exactly what I was going to ask!


  • May 3, 2011  - Haley's Ego says:

    Bob. Bob? BOB!!!

    Basically the same question as el cid. Which current Chiefs players will be former Chiefs players when the season starts?


  • May 3, 2011  - Haley's Ego says:

    Uno mas.

    Say the Chiefs take a step backward this year…and end up 6-10 or 5-11. Would Haley’s job be safe?


  • May 3, 2011  - hooker says:

    Can we assume Pioli felt Gabe Miller was going to be selected by another team before the Chiefs’ 6th round pick? Also – I know you talked about the local players, but can you list the (30?)”national” players the Chiefs brought to KC before the draft?


  • May 3, 2011  - Johnfromfairfax says:

    Bob,

    Do you have any thoughts regarding which undrafted free agents the Chiefs might be interested in signing when the lockout ends and what areas do you see us pursuing further in free agency?


  • May 3, 2011  - Rick says:

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    Bob, do you think the Chiefs have plans on Stanzi potentially being our starter in the next year or two?


  • May 3, 2011  - Blake says:

    Bob, which pick did you like the most and like the least?


  • May 3, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Assuming most of these draft choices make the team, how do you see the Chiefs compared to the other teams in the division? Looking at the draft, did we improve ourselves….make ourselves more competitive against Oakland, San Diego and Denver? Or, did those teams draft in a way to negate any upgrades?


  • May 3, 2011  - JT says:

    It looks like Pioli thinks Gabe Miller has unreached potential that will become immediately evident as he starts to play OLB. Is that right?

    I also would like to know if the glut of OLB/TE/H-back types is a product of Pioli believing he can always use these guys on special teams?


  • May 3, 2011  - Ray says:

    Bob,

    1) Will the Chiefs put the best player on the field in every instance, even at the expense of respected leaders like Waters, Vrabel, and Wiegmann?

    2) Do you think it likely Weigmann could stay on as a back up, teaching Hudson the ropes?

    3) Will KC bring in a veteran qb as insurance in case Cassel were to get injured?

    4) could any of the current OLB’s be moved to compete inside? If so who?

    4) What do you predict will be the depth chart at NT?


  • May 4, 2011  - RW says:

    Another area of secondary need un-addressed in this draft was RB. Thomas Jones was stellar again last year but tailed off considerably toward the end of the season, so do you think the Chiefs have a particular free agent or two in mind to provide able job sharing with Charles?


  • May 4, 2011  - aPauled says:

    What can we assume from the Rnd 4 pick of Jalil Brown? Buyer’s remorse with Arenas at the nickel? Retention of Carr? Potential transition to Safety? Can’t have too many cover corners? or maybe he was just the BPA?


  • May 4, 2011  - Craig says:

    HI Bob,
    Not to beat a dead horse, but the 2011 draft choices seemed to stray from Pioli’s stated policy and last years theme of “team captains”, avoiding guys with character issues. Where the choices based on atheletic ability or need? or both? Or did the organization feel confident enough in the overal team talent level that they could take some risk? It seems two high picks have a huge downside potential and a hugh upward potential. Do you see this putting alot of pressure on the draftees with supposed character issues to conform or create locker room problems?

    I love the Allen Baily choice. I think he may be the best addition.

    Best,

    Craig


  • May 5, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    BOB; Just 2 questions. We really didn’t do anything at the running back spot. Can Thomas Jones hold up for another grueling season??? He seemed to really peter out the last 2 or 3 games of the season last year. Also can Brian Waters hold up for another long season??? Other than Rodney Hudson we did not address the O Line either. Would love to hear your opinion on both of my questions. THANK YOU. CHUCK P


  • May 5, 2011  - TimR says:

    When you gonna put up your picks, Bob? Didn’t see ‘em last night.


  • May 5, 2011  - RW says:

    Bob, another somewhat related question: How would you rate the GM job of Pioli vs Peterson in terms of drafting acumen thus far, and overall general effectiveness?


  • May 5, 2011  - There should be no reason to be surprised by any pick after round 4 says:

    The odds of a 5th, 6th, and 7th round player hitting are so low, why not take a flyer on an intriguing prospect? If the guy is nothing more than an athlete that can hit, Gabe Miller has a place on special teams. If he does that, his selection was worth it. Remember, Jared Allen was drafted because of his long-snapping ability as much as anything else.


  • May 5, 2011  - Don in ICT says:

    Bob, if you had a trump card and could pull one rookie just drafted and bring them to our team who would it be?


  • May 6, 2011  - TimR says:

    Thanks for posting your picks Bob. They’re interesting – especially the selection of the RB Clay. Seems like a slower version of Jackie Battle. Thought that pick was a bit curious. I do agree, however, a potential replacement for Thomas Jones will be needed that would also be an upgrade over Battle. Love & agree with the Herzlich pick.


  • May 6, 2011  - Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 5/6 | Mobile phone says:

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  • May 6, 2011  - Michael says:

    Well, KC can still get some of your picks, Bob. Clay, I. Williams, and Herzlich will all be avialable as college free agents. I like all three of them, too. They all fit KC, and are Pioli types players; so maybe they will end up in a Chiefs uniform. I hope so. Lots of good college free agents will be available…sometime.

    Man, this sucks with no football news: there are signings, trades, cuts and pick ups to be made, dammit!


  • May 7, 2011  - James says:

    Some UDFA’s I’d like the Chief’s to sign, NT Williams, ND; RB Berry, Miami; C Taylor, Utah; WR Maehl, OR; CB Jones, NW MO ST; TE Oordt, N IA; and OT Mims, Virginia Union. Agree with Michael, both sides need to pull their head out of their butts and get a deal done.


  • May 7, 2011  - Blake says:

    Bob, do you think the Chiefs will open up the offense a little more this year? Let Cassel throw the ball a little more, now that Moeaki and Dexter are a year older and we now have Baldwin who can stretch the field and is a major upgrade over Chambers? Also do you think the defense will be a little more aggresive than last year. We played a very conservative defense, just because we didnt have enough talent to be more aggressive. Now that we have Houston, who combined with Hali, could possibly wreck havoc on offensive lines this year. We also have depth at more positions to be able to be a little more aggressive.




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