On The Surface, All’s Quiet In The Chiefs Draft Room

It went down last week at the Chiefs facility in the Truman Sports Complex and reverberations were felt a thousand miles away in Georgia. Down in the ATL, former general manager and now assistant G.M. of the Falcons Scott Pioli’s head had to be spinning and belching smoke.

Why? Pioli’s successor John Dorsey and the Chiefs invited media members to a conversation about the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. The session provided background on the team’s draft preparations and carried one limitation – comments by Dorsey were not to be reported publicly. The meeting went down in the Chiefs draft room on the second floor of their offices. It’s where Dorsey, head coach Andy Reid and the team’s hierarchy will gather to select six draft choices on May 8-9-10.

In four seasons running the franchise into the ground, Pioli banned the media from the second floor of the building and did not allow the locals to even know where the draft room was located, let alone step inside. It wasn’t just the media either but many of the people on the Chiefs payroll. Pioli’s insecurities and poor decisions made it imperative that he operated in the shadows. Thankfully for Chiefs fans, those problems now belong to the Falcons.

Dorsey does not share those personality defects, so bringing a group of scribblers, golden throats and hairdos into the draft nerve-center for a chat was nothing for him to worry about. The Chiefs did cover up their current draft ratings and all Dorsey revealed is that once final evaluations are completed, the team will have approximately 150 players for consideration on their draft board. That’s a pretty standard number for most teams.

The contrasting approaches produced similar information – no concrete evidence of what the Chiefs game plan is for the upcoming draft. Other than the occasional scout or assistant coach spotted at a player workout, or visits to Kansas City by potential choices, there are no indications of the thinking inside the Hunt Family franchise.

Do not expect the Chiefs and Dorsey to make any more noise in these last three weeks than they did the previous three months. It’s been quiet on the Chiefs draft front, just the way Dorsey would prefer. The second-year G.M. comes out of the Ron Wolf-Ted Thompson-Green Bay Packers school of scouting and they always hold their draft cards very close to the vest. Information is a premium and not to be shared.

It’s quite a different scenario from a year ago when the Chiefs had the first selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. The pick was either offensive tackle Luke Joeckel or offensive tackle Eric Fisher. The Chiefs went with Fisher and Joeckel went on the next selection to Jacksonville.

This year they have pick No. 23 and there isn’t anyone including Dorsey and Reid that knows who their pick will be on that Thursday night. They know players they won’t draft because of poor evaluations and those that will not be available that late in the first-round. Wide receiver, safety, blocker, tight end – all are positions in play.

What about trading up? That’s hard to do when a team doesn’t have a second-round pick to sweeten the pot for making a jump. The Chiefs used second round choices in 2013 and this season in a trade last year to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from San Francisco. They may be able to trade up one or two slots, but right now Dorsey/Reid only have six selections in the three-day, seven-round affair. Just two of those are among the top 100: No. 23 in the first round and No. 87 in the third round. A first round trade down for the Chiefs has a much better chance of happening.

Trade opportunities are unlikely to come until the draft has started, making the next three weeks a gossip, guessing and quiet crawl to May 8th. That’s just fine with John Dorsey.

6 Responses to “On The Surface, All’s Quiet In The Chiefs Draft Room”

  • April 17, 2014  - johnfromfairfax says:

    We can hardlyl stand the wait. Please draft day don’t be late!

  • April 17, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    I sometimes wonder if now would be a good time to see if you could get a high second round pick for Tamba??? He definitely has fallen off from a few years back.

  • April 17, 2014  - el cid says:

    Hali contract is to much money, add his age and the Chiefs would be more than lucky to get a #4 or #6and#7. Can still play, but does not have much “around the league” value.

  • April 17, 2014  - Niblick says:

    i agree with el cid on Tambi. He has almost no trade value because of his contract and age. He’s a good player, but not an elite pass rusher like a few years ago. Houston should be getting the big money on his new contract next year. Hopefully we can sign him. I’ve even read that Tambi could be a cap casualty next year and perhaps be released.

  • April 17, 2014  - R W says:

    There are few certainties in the NFL or the draft but here’s one: The Chiefs won’t be doing any business with the Failcons and Pioli which is fine by me. I think one of the biggest stories to come out of this draft will be that which happens once it’s over.

    Can there be a more important time to hit those prime undrafted free agents with solid offers to sign on the line that is dotted above the Chief’s logo? To me, that is one of the keys for the franchise continuing to go forward.

  • April 17, 2014  - TimR says:

    el cid is correct. We’d not get much for Hali. I’d be surprised if he were with us after this season.

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