2013 NFL Offseason: Kansas City Chiefs
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
Kansas City Chiefs (Last Year: 2-14)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: C
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: The Chiefs made an awful mistake in giving up way too much for Alex Smith. They're now stuck with him, so they need to be elite everywhere else. This means that they have to take the best players available. They have some big needs like receiver, right tackle and inside linebacker, but they can't really worry about that. With a pedestrian signal-caller like Smith under center, the Chiefs have to be very strong in all other areas.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: What if you were to tell the Chiefs that they could have obtained both Luke Joeckel/Eric Fisher and Geno Smith in the 2013 NFL Draft? Think they still would have gone through with the Alex Smith trade? It'd be interesting to see how they would have reacted in that scenario.
As for this actual draft, Kansas City didn't fare too well. Travis Kelce is a big risk at No. 63 because of his off-the-field issues, and it's not like he stands to be much of an upgrade over the combination of Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano anyway. There were better running backs at No. 96 than Knile Davis. The Arkansas runner is a fumbling machine, which can't possibly sound appealing to fans of the Chiefs after they watched their team commit countless turnovers last year.
Sanders Commings was a nice value selection at No. 134, while Nico Johnson could be a solid complement to Derrick Johnson. It must be noted though that Andy Reid was a pretty pedestrian drafter when he was with the Eagles. That's why the Fisher-over-Joeckel selection has to be questioned, especially when the Kansas City scouts and general manager wanted the A&M blocker.
Overall, I don't feel like the Chiefs improved their roster very much via the 2013 NFL Draft. Outside of Fisher (and maybe Davis in short yardage), no one Kansas City drafted may make a positive impact in the near future.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
1. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan: C+ Grade
An offensive tackle is what makes sense most for the Chiefs. Branden Albert was franchised, so he probably won't be around in 2014. He may not even make it to training camp because he could be dealt to the Dolphins, per reports. Luke Joeckel was the consensus top tackle in the 2013 NFL Draft, so he would have been the right pick. Eric Fisher has been considered the lesser prospect throughout, but Andy Reid liked him more than Joeckel. They're both close in talent, but selecting a rising prospect based on workouts is usually treacherous. Also, I'm penalizing the Chiefs because they traded for Alex Smith too soon and ruined all leverage they could have had for a potential trade. There shouldn't have been any hurry to overpay for Smith. That trade earned Kansas City a "Millen" grade, as you can see in the 2013 NFL Free Agent Grades page.
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63. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati: C Grade
Tight end was not a need with Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano on the roster. Travis Kelce could eventually emerge as an upgrade, but only if he stays out of trouble. He has off-the-field issues. This pick isn't very good.
96. Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas: C- Grade
The Chiefs were searching for a power back to complement Jamaal Charles. However, Knile Davis is not a good runner and has terrible fumbling issues. Kansas City overdrafted him.
99. Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama: B- Grade
Nico Johnson should be able to compete for the starting job next to Derrick Johnson, vacated by Jovan Belcher. This is slightly higher than I thought Johnson would go, but it's still an OK pick.
134. Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia: B+ Grade
This doesn't fill a need, but there's no denying the value. Sanders Commings could have been taken at the end of the third round. He's a tall corner, which is in vogue right now, so I thought he'd go earlier than No. 134.
170. Eric Kush, C, California-Pa.: C Grade
Eric Kush wasn't considered draftable by most, but it's the sixth round. The Chiefs need to bring in interior offensive line depth just in case they can't get Ryan Lilja to return.
204. Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State: B Grade
Andy Reid still likes to use fullbacks, and Braden Wilson is a solid one. The value is just right for him at the end of the sixth round.
207. Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton: B- Grade
This is a tough one to grade. I like Mike Catapano and feel like he should have gone in the fifth round. However, I don't like his fit in the Kansas City defense. Andy Reid has quite frequently selected players who don't fit his stop unit, so this is not surprising at all.
*** 2013 NFL TEAM NEEDS BELOW COMMENT BOARD ***
Things looked promising for the Chiefs when they knocked off a pair of teams that reached the divisional of the playoffs in 2011 (Packers, Broncos). However, that just turned out to be a mirage, as injuries, a disappointing defense, a banged-up offensive line and terrible quarterbacking capsized Kansas City's chances in 2012. Of course, all of that paled in comparison to the tragedy that occurred on Dec. 1 when linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then shot himself in front of Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli. The Chiefs have to completely reboot both mentally and personnel-wise.
- Quarterback: Kansas City's No. 1 priority is to find a franchise quarterback. Unfortunately, this is the wrong year to have the top pick in the draft, as a new general manager would've had to reach for Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson or Mike Glennon. Trading for Nick Foles or Alex Smith are options. Traded for Alex Smith; signed Chase Daniel
- Two Wide Receivers: This assumes Dwayne Bowe leaves via free agency and factors in Steve Breaston's release. Kansas City's new quarterback will need someone to throw to. The front office can nab someone like Justin Hunter atop the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Re-signed Dwayne Bowe; signed Donnie Avery and Mardy Gilyard
- Right Tackle: Branden Albert was franchised, but Eric Winston got released. Albert could slide into the right tackle spot if the Chiefs draft Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher No. 1 overall. Franchised Branden Albert
- Defensive End: Glenn Dorsey signed with the 49ers, but he wasn't a good fit for the 3-4 anyway. The Chiefs need to generate more pressure up front. Signed Mike DeVito and Marcus Dixon
- Inside Linebacker: Kansas City needs to recover from the unfortunate Jovan Belcher tragedy. A new inside linebacker will be needed alongside Derrick Johnson. Signed Zac Diles and Akeem Jordan
- Guard: Ryan Lilja has announced his retirement. The Chiefs cannot go with Jeff Allen as a starter again because he's been dreadful. Signed Geoff Schwartz
- Cornerback: Javier Arenas has played well since Stanford Routt was unceremoniously released. He could stick as the starter across from Brandon Flowers, but the Chiefs will still need to find some depth. Signed Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson
- Rush Linebacker: The Chiefs need depth behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Signed Frank Zombo
- Center: Kansas City didn't exactly have a great Plan B when Rodney Hudson went down with a season-ending injury. A reliable backup should be added.
- Fullback: If Kansas City's new offensive coordinator plans on using a fullback, he'll have to find one this offseason. Traded for Anthony Sherman
- Running Back: The Chiefs could use a power back to replace Peyton Hillis.
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2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Sean Smith, CB, Dolphins. Age: 26.
Signed with Chiefs (3 years)
Sean Smith started off the year on a strong note, but wasn't very good in the final couple of months. Still, he's a solid starting corner who deserves a nice contract.
Dunta Robinson, CB, Falcons. Age: 31.
Signed with Chiefs (3 years)
Dunta Robinson was due $8 million in 2013, so there was little doubt that he would be cut. Robinson plays the run well, but has been torched in coverage the past two seasons.
Anthony Fasano, TE, Dolphins. Age: 29.
Signed with Chiefs
Anthony Fasano is only a mediocre pass-catcher, but he's great as a blocker.
Mike DeVito, DE/DT, Jets. Age: 29.
Signed with Chiefs
Mike DeVito has been a key run-defender in New York's three-man front.
- Donnie Avery, WR, Colts. Age: 29. -- Signed with Chiefs
- Geoff Schwartz, G/OT, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chiefs
- Frank Zombo (RFA), DE/OLB, Packers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Chiefs
- Akeem Jordan, OLB, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chiefs
- Zac Diles, ILB, Titans. Age: 28. -- Signed with Chiefs
- Chase Daniel, QB, Saints. Age: 26. -- Signed with Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Dustin Colquitt, P, Chiefs. Age: 31.
Re-signed with Chiefs (5 years, $18.75 million; $8.9 million guaranteed)
Dustin Colquitt was 15th in net punting average, but no one aside from Arizona's Dave Zastudil placed more punts inside the opposing 20.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs. Age: 28.
Re-signed with Chiefs (5 years)
Dwayne Bowe is one of the most overrated players in the NFL. He consistently posts solid fantasy numbers, so people think he's better than he really is. The box score doesn't show that Bowe constantly drops passes and is responsible for interceptions. He's a very good No. 2 wideout, but he's too unreliable to be a top option.
Branden Albert, OT, Chiefs. Age: 28.
Franchised by Chiefs
Branden Albert's a solid left tackle when he's in the lineup - he surrendered just one sack in 11 starts this year - but his issue is that he suffers from chronic back spasms. He can't be counted on to play 16 games.
Eric Winston, OT, Chiefs. Age: 29.
Eric Winston's release is a strange one. He had a high number of penalties this past season, but played pretty well otherwise. He's a good zone-blocking lineman. Reuniting with the Texans and/or Matt Cassel makes the most sense.
Ryan Lilja, G, Chiefs. Age: 31.
Ryan Lilja has been a tremendous run-blocker for the Chiefs. He also showed versatility, moving to center following Rodney Hudson's injury. Unfortunately, he couldn't get over a knee injury this season, and he has even contemplated retirement.
Glenn Dorsey, DT, Chiefs. Age: 28.
Signed with 49ers
Glenn Dorsey is a bust as the fifth-overall selection in 2008. He can stop the run when healthy, so he's serviceable in that regard. I'd also like to see what he can do in a 4-3, a system more suited toward his strengths.
Ropati Pitoitua (RFA), DE/DT, Chiefs. Age: 28.
Signed with Titans
Ropati Pitoitua has served as a solid rotational defensive lineman for the Chiefs. He's solid in run support and tallied two sacks in a game against the Chargers.
Peyton Hillis, RB, Chiefs. Age: 27.
Remember when Peyton Hillis was winning fantasy leagues and appearing on the cover of Madden? There's still time for him to rehab his career, but things aren't looking too optimistic. Worst-case scenario, he can still become a CIA agent.
Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs. Age: 31.
Signed with Vikings
Matt Cassel has proven that he can take a team to the playoffs if he has terrific coaching and great personnel around him. Everything has to be perfect. But even then, he can't advance in the postseason because of his physical limitations. All Cassel should have been this whole time is a top-notch backup.
- Abram Elam, FS, Chiefs. Age: 31.
- Steve Breaston, WR, Chiefs. Age: 30.
- Kevin Boss, TE, Chiefs. Age: 29.
- Steve Maneri (RFA), TE, Chiefs. Age: 25. -- Signed with Bears
- Brandon Siler, ILB, Chiefs. Age: 27.
- Jake O'Connell, TE, Chiefs. Age: 27.
- Russ Hochstein, G/C, Chiefs. Age: 35.
- Brady Quinn, QB, Chiefs. Age: 28. -- Signed with Seahawks
- Shaun Smith, NT, Chiefs. Age: 32.
- Edgar Jones, DE/OLB, Chiefs. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Chiefs
- Travis Daniels, FS, Chiefs. Age: 30.
- Andy Studebaker, DE/OLB, Chiefs. Age: 27.
- Bryan Mattison, G, Chiefs. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Chiefs
- Martin Rucker, TE, Chiefs. Age: 28.
2013 NFL Free Agent Positions:
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