The Chiefs have eight of the first 144 selections in this week’s NFL Draft.
On paper, those numbers sound impressive. Eight of the first 144 selected players should provide a big infusion of talent to a roster that badly needs just that: talent.
But what can the Chiefs really expect to get from those selections? We went back and dug through the last 10 NFL Drafts and matched up the selections in the slots the Chiefs currently hold in this year’s selection meeting. Like last year’s fifth pick in the first round was Jets QB Mark Sanchez (right).
Not surprising, the results show a mixed bag in successfully finding players. That’s very much the plot line that runs through any look at the NFL Draft. Despite the millions of dollars spent on scouting and evaluation, there are no guarantees when it comes to selecting young players and then developing them into contributors to success.
And, there are no guarantees that the Chiefs are going to score with these choices; in so many cases the teams that have drafted in those spots in the last decade failed to find or develop an outstanding player. Sometimes they got no contribution at all. All eight of the Chiefs picks are in the first five rounds and those are always players that are expected to make the roster and play for at least several seasons.
The Chiefs have selections No. 5, 36, 50, 68, 102, 136, 142 and 144. Over the last 10 drafts there have been some interesting names among those 80 players:
- Current Chiefs were drafted in those spots – CB Donald Washington (#102-’09), Ryan O’Callaghan (#136-’06, by New England.)
- Former Chiefs were also part of the group – DT Junior Siavii (#36-’04), TE Sean Ryan (#144-’04 by Dallas) and WR Marques Haggans (#144-’06 by St. Louis.)
- The 36th selection was big for wide receivers – Of the 10 players drafted at that spot, six were pass catches, including Chad Ochocinco (#’01 by Cincinnati).
- Sadly two of those 80 players have died – S Sean Taylor (#5-’04 by Washington) and RB Damien Nash (#142-’05 by St. Louis.)
- Some big names were part of that group – Ochocinco, RB LaDainian Tomlinson (#5-’01), OT Marcus McNeil (#50-’06), LB Lance Briggs (#68-’03) and P Shane Lechler (#142-’00.)
Here’s how the draft picks break down:
|2009||Mark Sanchez||QB||Jets||15||2004||Sean Taylor||S||Redskins||55|
|2008||Glenn Dorsey||DT||Chiefs||31||2003||Terence Newman||CB||Cowboys||103|
|2007||Levi Brown||OT||Cards||45||2002||Quentin Jammer||CB||Chargers||125|
|2006||A.J. Hawk||OLB||Packers||64||2001||L. Tomlinson||RB||Chargers||141|
|2005||Cadillac Williams||RB||Bucs||54||2000||Jamal Lewis||RB||Ravens||131|
Best choice: LaDainian Tomlinson – on his way to the Hall of Fame no matter what happens with Jets.
Worst pick: Cadillac Williams – injuries have hurt his availability, as he’s missed 26 games over 5 seasons.
Games played: out of 880 potential games, the No. 5 pick played in 764, or 87 percent.
|2009||Brian Robiskie||WR||Browns||11||2004||Junior Siavii||DT||Chiefs||42|
|2008||Jordy Nelson||WR||Packers||29||2003||Eugene Wilson||S||Patriots||82|
|2007||Kevin Kolb||QB||Eagles||12||2002||Josh Reed||WR||Bills||115|
|2006||Chad Jackson||WR||Patriots||18||2001||Chad Johnson||WR||Bengals||137|
|2005||Barrett Ruud||LB||Bucs||79||2000||Todd Pinkston||WR||Eagles||78|
Best choice: Chad Johnson/Ochocinco – goofy personality, but he’s put together a good career.
Worst pick: Chad Jackson – big mistake by Belichick/Pioli when they drafted the Florida WR.
Games played: out of 880 potential games, the No. 36 pick played in 603, or 69 percent.
|2009||M. Massaquoi||WR||Browns||16||2004||D. Henderson||WR||Saints||77|
|2008||Calais Campbell||DE||Cards||32||2003||Bruce Nelson||C||Panthers||14|
|2007||Chris Henry||RB||Titans||10||2002||Chester Pitts||OT||Texans||114|
|2006||Marcus McNeil||OT||Chargers||62||2001||Dominic Raiola||C||Lions||140|
|2005||Ronald Bartell||CB||Rams||73||2000||Barrett Green||LB||Lions||65|
Best choice: Dominic Raiola – although the Lions have been bad, he’s been solid at center for Detroit.
Worst pick: Bruce Nelson – lasted just one season in Carolina.
Games played: out of 880 potential games, the No. 50 choice played 603, or 69 percent.
|2009||Jarron Gilbert||DT||Bears||4||2004||Ben Harstock||TE||Colts||72|
|2008||Chevis Jackson||CB||Falcons||31||2003||Lance Briggs||LB||Bears||109|
|2007||Quincy Black||LB||Bucs||47||2002||Andre Goodman||DB||Lions||103|
|2006||Claude Wroten||DT||Rams||26||2001||Mike Gandy||G||Bears||108|
|2005||Courtney Roby||WR||Titans||46||2000||Erron Kinney||TE||Titans||83|
Best choice: Lance Briggs – the Chicago LB helped the Bears reach the Super Bowl.
Worst pick: Claude Wroten – one of the reasons St. Louis struggles is just 26 games from Wroten.
Games played: out of 880 potential games, the No. 68 pick played in 629, or 72 percent.
|2009||D. Washington||CB||Chiefs||8||2004||Will Poole||CB||Dolphins||15|
|2008||Jeremy Thompson||DE||Packers||15||2003||M. Holland||G||Saints||75|
|2007||Brian Robison||DE||Vikings||47||2002||Jeff Chandler||K||49ers||13|
|2006||Calvin Lowry||DB||Titans||43||2001||Matt Stewart||LB||Falcons||93|
|2005||Sean Considine||S||Eagles||57||2000||David Barrett||CB||Cards||131|
Best choice: David Barrett – he played a lot of games in the league for a fourth-round pick.
Worst pick: Will Poole – the cornerback hung around the league a long time, but seldom played.
Games played: out of 880 potential games, the No. 102 pick played in 496, or 57 percent.
|2009||T. Taylor||DT||Colts||0||2004||Gibril Wilson||S||Giants||84|
|2008||Kenny Moore||WR||Panthers||12||2003||Khalid Abdullah||LB||Bengals||16|
|2007||Clint Session||LB||Colts||43||2002||Jarrod Baxter||FB||Texans||32|
|2006||Ryan O’Callaghan||OT||Patriots||40||2001||Vinny Sutherland||WR||Falcons||16|
|2005||Roydell Williams||WR||Titans||40||2000||Mao Tosi||DT||Cards||26|
Best choice: Gibril Wilson – the safety earned a Super Bowl ring as a starter for the Giants.
Worst pick: Vinny Sutherland – caught just one pass in two seasons.
Games played: out of 880 potential games, the No. 136 pick played in 309, or 35 percent.
|2009||Kevin Huber||P||Bengals||16||2004||Chad Lavalais||DT||Falcons||30|
|2008||Zack Bowman||CB||Bears||17||2003||Ryan Pontbriand||C||Browns||107|
|2007||Steve Breaston||WR||Cards||47||2002||Terry Charles||WR||Chargers||0|
|2006||Brandon Johnson||LB||Cards||41||2001||D. Leaverton||P||Jaguars||0|
|2005||Damien Nash||RB||Titans||6||2000||Shane Lechler||P||Raiders||158|
Best choice: Shane Lechler – the best punter in the game for the last three or four years.
Worst choice: Terry Charles – Chargers wide receiver never got on the field due to torn ACL as rookie.
Games played: out of 880 potential games, the No. 142 pick played in 422 or 48 percent.
|2009||Jarrett Dillard||WR||Jaguars||7||2004||Sean Ryan||TE||Cowboys||53|
|2008||DeMario Presley||DT||Saints||7||2003||James Davis||LB||Lions||40|
|2007||B. Harrison||DB||Texans||15||2002||Herb Haygood||WR||Broncos||4|
|2006||Marques Haggans||WR||Rams||6||2001||M. Sullivan||OT||Bills||32|
|2005||Jerome Collins||TE||Rams||3||2000||Michael Wiley||RB||Cowboys||42|
Best choice: Sean Ryan – yes it’s the same Sean Ryan who started ‘09 as Chiefs TE and then disappeared.
Worst choice: Herb Haygood – WR was never a factor for Shanahan’s offense due to ‘03 neck injury.
Games played: out of 880 potential games, the No. 144 pick played in 209 or 24 percent.
PERSONNEL MOVES FOR MONDAY, APRIL 19
- BEARS – RFA LB Nick Roach signed his tender offer.
- BRONCOS – acquired a 5th-round 2010 draft choice from the Eagles in a trade.
- EAGLES – acquired LB Ernie Sims from the Lions in a trade.
- LIONS – acquired TE Tony Scheffler and a 7th-round 2010 draft choice from the Broncos in a trade