• Stephen Brown's Chief Concerns: Chiefs only playing for draft position now

  • “No need to win Sunday against the Carolina Panthers,” said a Kansas City Chiefs fan. “Let’s not do something crazy like that! Let’s stick with the first overall pick … please!”

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  • “No need to win Sunday against the Carolina Panthers,” said a Kansas City Chiefs fan. “Let’s not do something crazy like that! Let’s stick with the first overall pick … please!”
    Not once has Kansas City picked No. 1 overall in the NFL draft (Buck Buchanan was No. 1 in the AFL draft in 1963). The Chiefs have had the No. 2 overall with Neil Smith in 1988 and Mike Bell in 1979, but never the first pick in the NFL draft.
    Kansas City has drafted in the top 10 on 12 occasions since 1967. With the 2013 draft Kansas City will have drafted in the top five the last four out of five seasons.
    That’s what fans point to with general manager Scott Pioli.
    When Pioli says they’re better from top to bottom, where and how conflicts with the Chiefs picking so high. Kansas City has a point differential of minus-140, worst in the NFL, and so far second worst in team history. Three of the worst point differentials for the Chiefs have been on Pioli’s watch. Herman Edwards was a minus-149, the worst ever for Kansas City.
    The Chiefs didn’t score with Edwards, and they’re not scoring with Romeo Crennel either. Wait, the extra attention by Crennel didn’t work?
    SO WHO DO THE CHIEFS PICK? Who’s the best fit? What scenario works best for the Chiefs?
    Walterfootball.com has Kansas City taking quarterback Geno Smith from West Virginia, but not every fan likes Geno Smith. In fact, quite a few don’t.
    “Geno Smith is not a first round draft pick in my opinion,” said a fan. “There are PLENTY of QBs in the draft that (are) BETTER than Geno Smith.”
    Walterfootball.com has the second quarterback, Matt Barkley from USC, going to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 11. Despite his senior campaign and shoulder injury, walterfootball.com believes a team will take that chance.
    CBS Sports has just two QBs in their top 25, Geno Smith at No. 10 and Matt Barkley at No. 18. CBS ranks Texas A&M defensive tackle Luke Joeckel, Utah linebacker Star Lotulelei, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Téo as their top players.
    Still, fans in Kansas City want a quarterback. Agreed, but I think it’s not wise to take a player like Geno Smith first. Fans like the idea of taking Téo followed by a quarterback in the second round.
    Kansas City just faced Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. Both are second-year players drafted last year. Receiver A.J. Green (1,011 yards 10 TD’s) was taken with the Bengals fourth overall and Dalton went 35th overall in 2011.
    Page 2 of 2 - Could a move like that work for Kansas City? Dalton is having a fantastic season – he has 25 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. Dalton has nine touchdowns in his last three games.
    Kansas City needs a new man behind center, but it doesn’t mean they need to go that route first out the gate. Remember, Drew Brees was hanging out in the second round.
    SUNDAY’S GAME: The line isn’t as bad as last week, as a 10-point underdog to the Denver Broncos. But Carolina is favored by 3 at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.
    Kansas City is 2-2 in the regular season against the Panthers. The Panthers have won the last two meetings, including a 28-17 victory at Arrowhead Stadium in 2004.
    The last time Kansas City had gone this long at home without a win was 1976, when the Chiefs won their last home game that season against the Cleveland Browns, 39-14. Kansas City has never gone 0-8 at home.
    The remaining schedule after Sunday’s game has the Chiefs at Cleveland, at Oakland, at home against Indianapolis and at Denver.
    With a league-low 14.6 points per game, every team looks better than the Chiefs – unfortunately!
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
    Stephen Brown is a regular contributor to the Chiefs fans website chiefconcerns.com. To reach Brown, send email to chiefconcerns@gmail.com

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