Dolphins trade up to #3 from #8 overall and select Ryan Tannehill before the Browns get the chance.
Browns take Richardson to replace Hillis.
Bucs take Claiborne
Rams take Blackmon
Chiefs trade up to #7 overall from #11 to select Matt Kalil before the Vikings get the chance. The Chiefs upgrade two positions on the O-line with one move by sliding Albert to OG. The Chiefs also give up their 3rd and 5th round picks to complete the trade.
2nd round- I HATE this pick because the guy is so relatively old compared to the rest of his class, but if the Chiefs are serious about bringing in competition for Cassel, there isn’t another QB in this draft who is better suited to step in right away than Brandon Weeden. This pick allows the Chiefs to remain patient with Stanzi and allow him to develop. Weeden was GREAT in the OSU system, but watching him throw and make his reads makes me think he wasn’t just a product of the system, but rather a good QB who was able to perform well in the system. 6’3, 219 lbs is ideal QB size with great arm strength. Low mobility, but with Kalil, Albert, and Winston on the line, he shouldn’t have to move too much.
4th- Nicolas Jean-Baptiste NT-Baptiste is projected to go in the 4th… not sure why. BUT, if he DOES fall that far, the Chiefs should pounce. Personally, I believe Baptiste will go in the late 2nd or 3rd. Too many teams run the 3-4 now and good NTs are in high demand. If Baptiste isn't there, I like OLB/DE Josh Kaddu to provide depth behind Hali and Houston.
6th-WR Jeff Fuller- injuries will make him slide in the draft. Seeing what he’s capable of at TAMU leads me to believe that this kid could be the steal of the draft if he gets back on track. Definite first round talent. Provides insurance if they can’t get a deal done with Bowe.
7th-ILB Vontaze Burfict… I know… I KNOW… I don’t care. His ceiling is too high not to take the chance in the 7th. There’s no other athlete available this late who is capable of first round potential. Romeo is a GREAT defensive coordinator and his players LOVE playing for him. I think Romeo is one of the few coaches in the league who could extract Burfict’s maximum potential. This is a pure upside/value pick. Like I said, nobody else available is capable of his kind of upside. This pick would be better used on this kind of athlete than just another throw away CB, WR, or OL. Those players selected here only have ceilings of POSSIBLE backups… Burfict’s ceiling is perennial Pro Bowl Superstar. If he doesn’t work out, oh well… at least you took the shot. BUT, what if it DOES work out? There’s always a million reasons not to take chances…