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  • Tim Crone: Kansas City produces logical draft

  • The 2013 NFL Draft is over and every guru has discussed all the pluses and minuses of the choices made by the Chiefs.

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  • The 2013 NFL Draft is over and every guru has discussed all the pluses and minuses of the choices made by the Chiefs.
    I was busy on Saturday, but I did listen to some of the chatter by the local talk show hosts who seem to be of the opinion that the organization blew it again. I am amazed how much these guys know when they have never coached or managed an athletic program at any level. Not only are they unable to see the glass as half full, all they seem to see is an empty tank.
    I, too, have been very critical of the KC football organization the last four years. However, owner Clark Hunt has finally realized that he was lacking tried and true NFL veterans in the organization and is now on track to turn around the 2012 disastrous season, which resulted in a 2-14 record. Hunt finally understands the pulse of Kansas City fans. Everyone deserves a chance to correct missteps.
    General Manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid have a plan and they are doing a good job of staying with that plan. The 2013 draft reflects the direction they feel they need to go in order to improve the team. The No. 1 choice of Eric Fisher is very solid. It should provide stability at one of the most important positions in football, left tackle.
    Outrage has been expressed over the failed trade of Brandon Albert. Albert is a good football player and even if he only stays one more year he will provide quality on the offensive line. The team may play Albert at left tackle next year and place Fisher at right tackle to start his career. This would give the No. 1 choice a chance to gain experience in the league without the pressure at the left tackle position.
    The second- and third-round picks of Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce and Arkansas running back Knile Davis are also outstanding. Both of these guys will provide key depth at important positions – positions that make the offense go. We need another tight end because of all the injuries to Tony Moeaki. Davis is a big back who can complement the team’s star, Jamaal Charles. Charles has been plagued with some injury issues. Every NFL team needs at least three solid running backs to remain competitive.
    The fourth-round choice, Nico Johnson, will probably be the starter at the inside linebacker position. He won three national championships while at Alabama. This was a big area of need area for the team.
    The five and six picks were guys that have great upside. Sanders Commings, the cornerback/safety from Georgia, should provide depth at either position. Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis have both sustained injuries. Although Berry is surrounded by a lot of hype, he also gets beat a lot in pass coverage when he is playing man against the other team’s slot receiver or TE. Competition will be good in the Chiefs secondary.
    Page 2 of 2 - Eric Kush from California, Pa., is a very athletic lineman who can play center and guard. We really did not have a backup center last year and had to convert Ryan Lilja into a center.
    Reid likes to have a good blocker and excellent pass receiver at the fullback position and the sixth-round pick of Kansas State fullback Braden Wilson fills the bill.
    The last draft pick this season is Mike Catapano from Princeton. He will be utilized at the outside linebacker position as a pass rusher. You can never have enough pass rushers.
    Overall, the 2013 draft yielded players who are solid in relation to the needs of the team. They are players who have shown great athletic ability and have had proven success on the field.
    n I hope that all the local hot air radio gurus will give the new regime at Arrowhead a chance. The decision to not draft a quarterback is questionable, but the eligible players just did not have a QB that fit with the direction of the team. At least the team leaders can provide justification to the media for the selection of each player on the present roster. That is new in itself.
    n Man it is great to have decent pitching! The Royals are at least able to be in the game most of the time now.
    n The Royals need to hang with Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. Alex Gordon and Billy Butler struggled early in their careers. It is difficult to hit a ball in the bigs. Media guys act like they are .300 lifetime hitters.
    n The NBA playoffs look like it might end up being all about injuries to key players. You hate to see that at his time of year. I am still going with the Spurs and the Heat in the finals with the Heat winning it all.
    n I CAN NOT believe that NASCAR suspended Joe Gibbs for six races. He is the most honest guy in sports.
    n My quote of the week comes from former NFL head coach and Hall of Famer George Allen, “Winning is living. Every time you win, you’re born. When you lose, you die a little.”
    Tim Crone, a William Chrisman High School graduate, is a former activities director and coach for Blue Springs High School and is host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 5-6 p.m. every Friday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at t.crone@comcast.net
     
     
     
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