Were the Chiefs’ big-headed with how they ran the 2012 NFL Draft? Listening to 610 Sports Radio Joel Thorman from Arrowhead Pride mentioned it.
I haven’t taken a poll but I’d say 90 percent of Chief fans agree with Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel. Does that make Chief fans arrogant? That’s not what Joel from Arrowhead Pride proposed but Chief fans are very confident in Kansas City.
They always are but 2012 chiefly.
Last season doesn’t matter, not anymore. There were reasons why the Chiefs won just seven games last year. Those reasons are healthy while adding right tackle Eric Winston crossed more off the list.
What Joel Thorman said caused me to think.
Is Kansas City’s roster truly ready to compete? When Pioli said this draft was about the future did that mean he’s sure of the present?
“Pioli drafted like the Chiefs’ are a solid contender,” said NFLDraftScout.com.
When 2010 started I didn’t think 2010 was the year. I looked at that season as a developmental time for KC. Much like the 2012 draft 2010 had players fans didn’t know much about. Leaders, team captains, and high-character guys but they were on Pioli’s list not fans.
I figured I’d happily play it out and see how those players came along. To my surprise many contributed right away.
You don’t plan that. Scouts can blueprint it, guess well, and digest reports but it’s a wait and see. Stats are part but not the whole. The rest is something not even Crennel can calculate.
The hidden stuff comes later.
The Chiefs added to what they have, but I agree. With this roster the Chiefs’ are on the way. Pioli nabbed good depth and possibly 2-3 more starters. To say the Chiefs’ didn’t grab any starter's with their picks is foolish. It is. That thinking ignores Dave Szott.
Tackle Jeff Allen is a solid pick, he’ll compete. In 1993 Will Shields was taken with the 74th overall pick.
Shields was the sixth guard taken and eleven offensive linemen went before Shields. Carl Peterson went against the advice of his offensive line coach to take Shields.
Besides Willie Roaf taken with the eighth overall pick Shields was solid gold. Shields earned 12 Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro nine times. Shields played 14 seasons for the Chiefs’.
Pioli has a right to feel good about this roster. It’s getting squared away. Fans see it. What’s left is for the Chiefs’ to prove it. I think they will.