Draft review: Kansas City Chiefs
Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 28, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT
Getty ImagesThe Chiefs entered the 2013 NFL Draft with the first pick — and a great shot at addressing their biggest need. They did just that. With another draft in the books, here’s a look at how Kansas City fared.
What they needed: Offensive tackle, running back, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, tight end.
Who they got:
Round 1 (1): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan.
Round 3 (63): Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati.
Round 3 (96): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas.
Round 4 (99): Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama.
Round 5 (134): Sanders Commings, DB, Georgia.
Round 6 (170): Eric Cush, C, California (Pa.).
Round 6 (204): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State.
Round 7 (207): Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton.
Where they hit: If Fisher is even an above-average left tackle, the Chiefs will have done well taking him No. 1 overall considering the value of his position. The Chiefs can control his rights for up to five years. Kelce doesn’t lack for talent, and if he can avoid off-field missteps, he figures to be a key part of the TE mix in the coming years. Johnson, an experienced contributor for a powerful Alabama defense, strengthens a position of need.
Where they missed: All things considered, the Chiefs did well to address areas that had to be bolstered. Down the road, outside linebacker could be a need, but the Chiefs still have Tamba Hali and Justin Houston signed through 2015. In the short term, there were other priorities that rated more highly.
Impact rookies: Fisher will be an immediate starter on the line. The question now is whether the Chiefs deal Branden Albert, removing any doubt that the No. 1 overall pick will start on the left side. Travis Kelce, the brother of Jason Kelce, whom Andy Reid coached in Philadelphia, could vie for immediate playing time. Johnson also looms a threat to compete right off the bat at inside linebacker. Finally, Wilson may have a shot at stepping right in at fullback.
Long-term prospects: The 5-11, 227-pound Davis has exceptional speed for his size, but his durability is a concern, as are fumbles. If he plays sound and stays healthy, he can help this offense. But can he back up Jamaal Charles in Year One? Commings, Cush and Catapano figure to compete for reserve roles in 2013. The Chiefs are also reportedly bringing in undrafted QB Tyler Bray. He’s talented, but he will have to be a professional in all areas if he’s going to make the roster.