Don’t Mock This Dream Draft … Thursday Cup O’Chiefs

I don’t spend a lot of time involved in mock drafts leading up to the NFL’s annual selection meeting.

But every once in awhile, especially after getting a chance to see and meet so many of the names in the talent pool for April’s draft, I like to sit down and create a dream draft.

The picks have nothing to do with any moves made by the other 31 teams. These selections are based on positions of need for the Chiefs and information I was able to gather in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine. It’s a mere flight of fancy this dream draft, but it’s as close as any other guesses one might see at this time of the year.

My dream draft is heavy on offense and heavy on the heavy, the big guys upfront on offense and defense. See what you think.

Remember this is for amusement purposes only – no wagering.

—– First round —–

DT Dontari Poe, Memphis, 6-4, 346 pounds, 4.98 seconds, Redshirt-Junior.

A huge man, who is big from head to toe, Poe is the type of guy that gets plugged into the middle of a 3-4 defense and stays there for a decade. In 3 seasons with the Tigers he totaled 98 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks while playing nose tackle and defensive tackle. There were even some snaps at defensive end. He didn’t rack up a lot in the way of statistics, but his size in the middle of the Memphis defense left many of his linebackers uncovered to make plays. A player with his size and foot quickness does not come along often. When given the chance, any team committed to the 3-4 has got to grab a talent like Poe.

CHIEFS NEED – If they are going to continue to play the 3-4 defense, they need to get a body suited for the nose tackle position. That body belongs to Dontari Poe.

—– Second round —–

OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida State, 6-5½, 320 pounds, 5.18 seconds, Senior.

A four-year starter in high school and a four-year starter for the Seminoles, Sanders is not used to watching any games. Sanders spent most of his time at right tackle, although he did open several games at left tackle. In the NFL he’s a right tackle prospect. An intelligent player and student, he played next to Chiefs C/G Rodney Hudson. He’ll need to polish his fundamentals on the NFL level, but for a guy with his skills and brains, that shouldn’t take long. If you were a coach, you would want a bunch of Zebrie Sanders types on the roster.

CHIEFS NEED – Draft Sanders, put him at right tackle and by mid-season he’ll be playing at a level equal or better than two-year starter Barry Richardson.

—– Third round —–

RB Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M, 5-10¼, 206 pounds, 4.47 seconds, Senior.

Gray runs like a back bigger than his physical stature and that may explain why he has dealt with nagging injuries over his career. He’s effective running inside, and outside on the edge and he’s got just enough speed to beat the defense on a sweep. He’s a good receiver and gives great effort when it comes to pass protection. He was a team leader on the Aggies and he’s one of those guys that’s gifted in his ability to lead the team. During his time at College Station, he spent a lot of time on the special teams, not only on returns, but in coverage. Former head coach Mike Sherman said he’s a young man “you’d like to marry your daughter.”

CHIEFS NEED – Jamaal Charles needs help in the K.C. running game and while Gray might be considered by some on the small size, he runs big and gives a nice compliment for the Chiefs offense with Charles.

—– Fourth round —–

G/T Brandon Washington, Miami, 6-3, 320 pounds, 5.25 seconds, Junior.

The versatility that Washington showed with the Hurricanes in playing both tackle and guard, and doing it on both the left and right side, makes him very attractive to some teams. He’s big, stocky, rough and tumble player, who is probably best suited for playing at guard, rather than outside at tackle. Very light on his feet for a man his size.

CHIEFS NEED – With C Casey Wiegmann headed for retirement and LG Ryan Lilja topping 30 years of age and no depth behind him, help on the inside is badly needed. By 2013 the offensive line should look like this, from left to right: LT Branden Albert, LG Brandon Washington, C Rodney Hudson, RG Jon Asamoah and RT Zebrie Sanders.

—– Fifth round —–

QB Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, 6-3¾, 229 pounds, 4.8 seconds, redshirt-junior.

Tutored for four-years in San Diego by former NFL QB Brian Sipe, Lindley has shown continual progress in each of his seasons. He’s got a powerful right arm and can deliver the ball in a hurry. Lindley is a pocket passer, but he has feet quick enough to get out of trouble when the pressure squeezes his passing area. Lindley threw 90 touchdown passes over four years. He’s had problems over his career with accuracy.

CHIEFS NEED – No matter what happens with the bigger names the Chiefs are considering from Manning to RG3, to Orton, they are going to need another quarterback as well and this guy has some very good basic skills that can be developed into a solid NFL starter.

—– Sixth round —–

WR Chris Owusu, Stanford, 5-11¼, 196 pounds, 4.28 seconds, Senior.

Three concussions in 13 months derailed his college playing career and will obviously be a problem that NFL doctors took a long and very close look at during the Combine. In four seasons with the Cardinal, he played in 36 games, missing 16 over his time there. When he was able to stay on the field, he was very productive, averaging more than 15 yards a catch and one TD on every 10 catches. He also was superb as a kick returner, with 3 return TDs.

CHIEFS NEED – Speed at wide receiver and Owusu provides that. His ability to return kickoffs is also huge, as the Chiefs have struggled making anything positive happen in the return game.

—– Seventh round —–

FB/TE Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern, 6-2, 241 pounds, 4.64 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

I won’t pass on the chance of bringing Dunsmore back home; he grew up in the Kansas City area and played his high school football at St. Thomas Aquinas, where he was twice first-team All-Kansas. With the Wildcats he’s played 50 games and Dunsmore showed abilities that every offensive coordinator will find a way to use – he’s smart, works as a solid blocker, has good hands, runs good routes and generally plays well in space, no matter if he’s lined up on the end of the line of scrimmage, or working across the back of the formation as an H-back.

CHIEFS NEED – Dunsmore’s addition would improve the roster at three positions at least: tight end, fullback and H-back. Plus, the team’s GPA would take a big leap with him on the roster.


12 Responses to “Don’t Mock This Dream Draft … Thursday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • March 1, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Good picks Bob. I like Poe as a centerpiece to our defense and we certainly need O-line help and especially a tackle. Let’s get them signed.


  • March 1, 2012  - KC_Guy says:

    The Chiefs will have a second sevnth round pick (from NE, Page trade) …

    Just wondering why another developmental QB? If you assume the Chiefs will do something else at the position (read: bring in a veteran) they will have Ricky Stanzi AND Ryan Lindley riding pine. As the Chiefs won’t go into the season with FOUR QB on the roster – who’s going to be jettisoned? Cassel? Stanzi? Call me confused.


  • March 1, 2012  - Tim says:

    I could envision Poe as our pick, if we acquire an OL in FA. I’d like to learn a little more about Osweiler as a QB. Not sure where he’ll go, but I bet it’s round 3 or before.


  • March 1, 2012  - steve smith says:

    i alwayse get worried when a border line 1st round guy shoots up to a top 15 pick because of his combine. his game tape does show him takeing plays off. that being said, if reiff is not available poe would be a great pick. john martin is best suited for a zone blocking team(we dont know if daboll is going to keep our zone scheme) kuechly has never played middle in a 34. so go get the guy that would help move us into a top 6 d next year.


  • March 1, 2012  - Chuck says:

    Bob; Let me throw this at you regarding Big Man Poe. If he was so darn good at his trade why was he voted to the “SECOND TEAM ALL CONFERENCE” by the coaches??? Translation= Why was he NOT voted to the first team??? Plus he went to a SMALL SCHOOL where the competition was not as fierce. That alone concerns me as it should you. Also there was an opposing coach that was “quoted” as saying he takes quite a few plays off while on the field. Here’s what I say. Pass on him and go after somebody else that is a PROVEN WINNER. We don’t need another Junior Savaii, Kelly Gregg, Shaun Smith, Tank Tyler or Alphonso Boone. Get somebody with that 11th pick that is a proven GAMECHANGER & DIFFERENCEMAKER. One thing I can count on from Pioli is that he almost always will fool the masses.


  • March 2, 2012  - txchief says:

    I’d rather see the Chiefs sign Soliai from Miami than take a gamble on Poe in the first round. His questionable work ethic drops him into the second round in my book. Jonathan Martin or Trent Richardson ought to be the main targets for the first round pick.


  • March 3, 2012  - mike owens says:

    I agree Chuck. All good points plus one more- when was the last time we hit on a premier defensive lineman? Neil Smith,maybe? I for one will cringe if they call out a defensive lineman’s name when the Chiefs are up in the first round. So far, there is no evidence to prove Poe is anything more than a freakish athlete in shorts. We’ve seen this too many times to fall for it.


  • March 3, 2012  - john bogle says:

    Bob, you want to draft Sanders as RT and start him because by mid season he’s going to be better or as good as Richardson? Eight games into the season and Manning is dead, Cassel is out forever, and Stanzi is hiding somewhere in Canada. Lets go shop the free agency first for a RT and then fill in with the draft.


  • March 3, 2012  - johnfromwichita says:

    Oops.


  • March 3, 2012  - Michael says:

    Nice job, Bob. Your mock is well thought out, and I think the Chiefs would do well to have a draft like that. I knew Poe would be a polarizing player because of his huge boom or bust potential, and I would rather see KC go a different direction. The free agent market for nose tackles has what the Chiefs need. Free agent NT Paul Soliai (Dolphins) should be the Chiefs number one target at the position, I think. Other good options are Sione Pouha (Jets) Aubrayo Franklin (Saints) and Sammie Lee Hill (Lions).

    Unless the Chiefs figure out a way to talk Gaither in to coming back to KC, OT probably will need to be a high draft priority. The available free agent OT’s, while they may be upgrades from Richardson, are likely only guys to get by with while developing a younger player. Sign one of them, and draft an OT like Sanders or Bobby Massie (Ol’Miss).

    I really like your 3rd thru 6th picks, Bob. All of them are guys I would love to see KC get in those rounds-good value picks. If they stand pat in round one I would rather see them get someone like Richardson, Decastro, Kuechly, Martin or Reiff. But, I really like the idea of trading back in round one and getting another pick-still can get a really good player and another crack at it in the upper rounds.


  • March 3, 2012  - el cid says:

    I am with txchief, a veteran NT with Dorsey and Jackson rather than a college first rounder. RB ALA, Richardson would be a wildly successful first pick. Picture him and Charles carrying the load for the running team, Daboll wants.


  • March 3, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    The only D-Line I want to see drafted is like Tamba. His scouting report was “his motor was always running.”
    We don’t need anymore Tanks, Juniors, Tysons, etc.
    Bob’s other picks are very interesting.
    I like the SDSt QB pick. Stanzi couldn’t beat out Palko so he was a waste. No surprise there.

    Sanders, Gray and Washington look to be solid picks.
    Good job, Bob.




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