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    Dropping hints and stirring the pot: Why the Chiefs will NOT draft Aaron Curry | Red Zone

    Dropping hints and stirring the pot: Why the Chiefs will NOT draft Aaron Curry

    So a few things happened over the weekend that made me, at least for this moment, change my mind that Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry is the obvious, slam-dunk choice for the Chiefs to draft Saturday if they hold onto their No. 3 overall pick.

    Yes, it's still possible, and Kansas City doesn't need linebackers less after the weekend and Mike Vrabel's absence from the team's voluntary minicamp. But anyway, back on topic: The Chiefs, at least to me, are a lot more likely to take an offensive tackle in that spot than they were five days ago.

    In fairness, I get the feeling that the Chiefs' draft board was completed weeks ago. Things are always subject to change, but the way it works is that general manager Scott Pioli and his staff of merry men would generate a list of players, all of them ranked by how much the Chiefs want them. It was under a different regime, of course, but as it happened last year, the top overall player on the Chiefs' board was Glenn Dorsey. He fell to No. 5, and Kansas City got him, but the point was that if the Chiefs had the No. 1 overall pick, they'd determined that Dorsey was the best player out there, and they'd have taken him regardless of draft position.

    The top player is generated by a combination of talent, scouting reports, value and, I'd suspect, need. So who's at the top of the Chiefs' draft board this year? For months, I've written here that it must be Curry. HAS to be Curry. NEEDS to be Curry. And maybe it still is Curry.

    But here are the things I saw this weekend that makes me think that, well, it might not be Curry holding up a Chiefs jersey come mid-afternoon Saturday.

    - Brian Waters was a no-show. The Pro Bowl guard's absence underscored how far the Chiefs' offensive line still has to go. It's unclear yet whether Waters will be on this team when it lines up in the fall, and at the risk of speculating here, Waters' decision to skip Todd Haley's first minicamp was a bad sign for a team whose first priority is to get everyone on the same page. Without Waters, the Chiefs have exactly one offensive lineman they can realistically count on beyond this year and possibly next: Branden Albert. Factor Waters out of the equation, and here's the team's starting offensive line:

    LT Albert
    LG Wade Smith (who replaced Waters in first-team drills over the weekend)
    C Rudy Niswanger
    RG Mike Goff
    RT Damion McIntosh

    - Curry's agent was in Detroit this weekend. This is almost definitely a negotiating ploy from the Lions to quarterback Matthew Stafford's agent. It's designed to give the Lions a little more negotiating power as they try to seal a contract with whomever they'll make the No. 1 pick. They want that player signed before Saturday's draft, and sometimes teams have to play dirty. But it wouldn't be a shock if Detroit did take Curry at No. 1 overall. He's the safest pick in the draft, according to some experts, and as we learned three years ago when Houston took defensive end Mario Williams at No. 1 overall, sometimes it's a smart play to take a defender in that spot. To that end, the Chiefs might not even get the chance to draft Curry.

    - Pioli's close eye on the offensive line. I just don't think that, more than 20 years after his final snap as a college lineman, Pioli is still so interested in watching an NFL line that he hovers around it for at least three practices. Pioli was measuring everything during the three practices reporters were allowed to attend this weekend, but no unit got his attention quite like the offensive line. He stood uncomfortably close at times, not talking to anyone or smiling, and carrying with him a notepad and pen. It's possible that Pioli was sizing up exactly what the Chiefs have -- and likely finding out it's not as much as most NFL teams would like.

    - Matt Cassel's potential. It's clear that Cassel will be the Chiefs' starting quarterback, barring a catastrophe, if for no other reason than his $14 million guaranteed salary. But there's more to Cassel than that, including one of the most accurate arms the Chiefs have had on their roster in years. I saw Cassel make one bad throw the entire weekend, when he overthrew Bobby Engram on a corner post route Sunday. The trajectory on his passes is low and tight, and his passes generally arrive near receivers' numbers. It's something the Chiefs just haven't had in a long time, and I get the feeling they don't want anything to interfere with that.

    So with those four observations in mind, perhaps the Chiefs' greatest need really is offensive tackle. If they draft Eugene Monroe or Jason Smith at No. 3, yes, that's a high price for a right tackle -- even if Albert is shifted to somewhere other than left tackle -- but it also would almost definitely lock in a pair of oustanding bookend linemen for the next five to seven years. There's an incredible market for that in the NFL, and the value of two marquee tackles is as high as anything these days.

    The Chiefs need a linebacker and a pass rusher and a lot of other things. But after watching those guys this weekend, some things changed in my mind. We'll see Saturday how Pioli's mind processes it.
    I agree for the most part. On paper, Curry looks like the obvious choice if he falls to us. He's the best talent in the draft, our defense is terrible, and he plays a position that is currently unfilled. Yet I don't think he'll be the choice when it's all said and done.

    Note what he said about Cassel's minicamp showing last weekend. I'm loving that.
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    I thought I would throw in my 2 cents.

    I would prefer to get someone other than Curry. Ideally a trade down and then get an OT and have two future pro bowl OTs on the team. Not to mention it makes Cassel, and LJ (two of our most expensive players) much more effective with a better line in front of them. Even if we dont move down, I would love to get an OT.

    That being said, I wouldn't object to the pick of Curry. He will probably be a very good and hopefully great LB.

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    I'm pretty sure from reading all of these comments that we are all in agreement that whether we get Curry or an OL we will be very happy about the draft. IMO it would take a huge catastrophe to ruin the draft for us Chiefs fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanilla Garilla View Post
    I'm pretty sure from reading all of these comments that we are all in agreement that whether we get Curry or an OL we will be very happy about the draft. IMO it would take a huge catastrophe to ruin the draft for us Chiefs fans.
    yep.

    Whether we wind up with Curry, Raji, Smith, or Monroe, or trade down and get Tyson Jackson, I'm happy with any of those players. I would be slightly disappointed only if we traded down and someone grabbed Jackson before we could get him. Basically if we trade down for Washingtons 13, and then the Broncos take him 12th.

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    I like Curry a lot, but Eugene Monroe or Jason Smith would turn the weakness of the team (offensive line) into a strength. Monroe/Smith at left tackle, Albert can play right tackle or guard. Draft a center. Goff and Waters (if he's not traded) at guard. Mcintosh needs to be released. Herb Taylor is better than Mcintosh and he can play left or right tackle. Wade Smith is better suited as a backup. If Monroe or Smith are drafted, the line becomes better and depth is not a problem either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yashi View Post
    yep.

    Whether we wind up with Curry, Raji, Smith, or Monroe, or trade down and get Tyson Jackson, I'm happy with any of those players. I would be slightly disappointed only if we traded down and someone grabbed Jackson before we could get him. Basically if we trade down for Washingtons 13, and then the Broncos take him 12th.
    Agreed entirely. If we end up with any of those four at the 3 spot, I don't think anyone can complain.

    And if we trade down and the worst came to pass and Tyson wasn't on the board, we could go Maualuga or Oher. There will be a wealth of good players at positions of need for us if we can trade down to the 10-20 range.

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    To me Curry or no Curry, the most important part of the draft for this team will be getting into the 2nd round, or moving waters and gonzalez, or whatever they can, for picks, I dont think many of us believe Pioli plans to stay put...he even said dont leave for the day after pick 3 if they do pick, because they may move up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanilla Garilla View Post
    I'm pretty sure from reading all of these comments that we are all in agreement that whether we get Curry or an OL we will be very happy about the draft. IMO it would take a huge catastrophe to ruin the draft for us Chiefs fans.
    I certainly don't have as many expectations, for specifics, in this draft as I have had the past two drafts.

    Unless we lose Waters and fail to properly replace that loss, there isn't a whole lot that could really ruin it for me.

    We can't possibly get rid of Jared Allen this year.

    I like that we have so many players that could be used for trade-bait. (Waters, TG, LJ, Dorsey and Thigpen at least)

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesald View Post
    I like Curry a lot, but Eugene Monroe or Jason Smith would turn the weakness of the team (offensive line) into a strength. Monroe/Smith at left tackle, Albert can play right tackle or guard. Draft a center. Goff and Waters (if he's not traded) at guard. Mcintosh needs to be released. Herb Taylor is better than Mcintosh and he can play left or right tackle. Wade Smith is better suited as a backup. If Monroe or Smith are drafted, the line becomes better and depth is not a problem either.
    I agree with all of that, except Herb Taylor/MacIntosh comparison. And I don't exactly disagree with that.

    I'd kinda have to call that a push, or lean toward Tosh's experience, as neither played in a regular NFL-style offense last season.

    And I think Tosh is an excellent backup to have on board. Expensive, maybe. But as much as you could expect for a backup.

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    I thought it was because Herm say he'd be a good pick?? lol

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