1st Round, Pick 1: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Fisher at the number one pick is a steal. He has all of the athleticism to play either left or right tackle, which is a great insurance policy since starting LT Branden Albert’s future with the Chiefs is currently in the air.
Fisher is a 6'7, 306-pound offensive tackle. At the NFL Combine he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.03 seconds and put up 27 reps on the 225-pound bench press, with a vertical jump of 28.5 inches.
Fisher isn’t as polished in the technical side of the game as Joeckel, but what attracted the Chiefs was his potential. With his athletic abilities, he could potentially be much better than Joeckel in a few years, once he has some game-time experience. He does play smart, showing patience in the pass blocking game. He lets the defender come to him and then likes to drive around the corner and out of the play. Because he has fast movement skills, Fisher can wait a tick in case he has to move to his right on an inside rush. Knows when to let the guard take a defender so he can stay outside and block a late rusher.
The best part about Fisher? Unlike Joeckel, he can play down and dirty, getting mean when blocking. And that intangible can be the difference on every down.
3rd Round, Pick 63: TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati
The KC Chiefs new player is a tight end out of Cincinnati. Travis Kelce is a 6'5, 255 pound tight end who had 45 receptions for 722 yards last for the Bearcats.
This is a very interesting pick with the Chiefs current tight end situation. With Anthony Fasano signed to a multi-year deal just weeks ago, and Tony Moeaki entering the final year of his deal, this is an intriguing move. Could this be the last season for Moeaki as a Chief?
Kelce is a solid receiver, and a great blocker. Kansas City is beefing up their protection, which was suspect last season. This offense is gearing up for smash mouth football.
3rd Round, Pick 96: RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
At one point, Davis was considered to be one of the best talents coming out of college, but the biggest issue for him is the injuries. Davis has spent most of his college career on the sidelines, due to injury. He has explosiveness, speed and the ability to be a downhill runner, but what worries me the most is his history of injury. Not to mention the availability of running backs for the Chiefs. Jamaal Charles is obviously the guy, while Dexter McCluster will serve in a variety of roles. Shaun Draughn put up some nice production last season, while last year’s pick Cyrus Gray could see more time this season. In short, I’m not sure why we drafted a running back, especially one so injury prone.
4th Round, Pick 99: LB Nico Johnson, Alabama
This may be the gem of the Chiefs’ draft. After the whole deal with Jovan Belcher, the team has a hole at the inside linebacker spot. Nico is a talented run-stopper, something the Chiefs lacked last season. He almost seems to enjoy making hits and shedding blocks, and he is an aggressive drag-down tackler. The question for him will be how well he can do in coverage.
Besides, I can’t be the only one who recognizes the opportunity to have Johnson and Johnson serving as our inside linebackers.
5th Round, Pick 134: CB Sanders Commings, Georgia
Commings is a 6'0, 216-pound cornerback from the SEC. This is another interesting pick for the Chiefs. Brandon Flowers is the starter for years to come, but the Chiefs have signed Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith to three-year deals, along with Javier Arenas on the roster.
Commings could be depth for the future, or he could also be there to play safety.
Commings ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Combine and visited the Kansas City Chiefs before the draft.
6th Round, Pick 170: C Eric Kush, California (PA)
Kush is 6'3, 304 pounds. At his March pro day, he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.04 seconds and repped the 225-pound bench press 25 times. His vertical leap is 30 inches.
The starting center, Rodney Hudson, was injured for most of the season last year, but he'll be re-assuming his role this coming season. A sixth rounder isn't going to replace a second round pick in most cases, anyway. My guess is he was picked up for depth at offensive line.
6th Round, Pick 204: FB Braden Wilson, Kansas State
Wilson is a very large fullback at 6'4 and 251 pounds. At the NFL Combine he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds and put up 22 reps on the 225-pound bench press. He was All-Big 12 honorable mention (media) in 2012. But he'll have his work cut out for him with Ryan D'Imperio, Patrick DiMarco and Nate Eachus already on roster. The Chiefs won't carry all of those guys on their roster, so I would venture a guess that two make the list.
7th Round, Pick 207: DE Mike Catapano, Princeton
Mike Catapano is a 6'4', 271-pound defensive end out of the Ivy League.
Defensive end was considered a need heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, but only from a depth standpoint. Tyson Jackson will man one side while Mike DeVito, signed in free agency to a multi-year deal, will play on the other side. The Chiefs need along the line, and possibly even a starter or two down the road, depending on what happens with Tyson Jackson. I'm not one hundred percent sure of whether Mike DeVito will hold down one of those positions, but I believe that next season will give the answers.
Chiefs draft offense with first two picks
1st Round, Pick 1: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan