Can a top 5 pick be on the outside looking in after only one season? Michael Blunda from Pro Football sure seems to think so.
After bringing in a slew of veteran linebackers through free agency, general manager Scott Pioli used his first two draft picks on versatile defensive linemen Tyson Jackson and Alex Magee. Although neither played in a 3-4, each has the skills necessary to line up at end and this is the duo the Chiefs would like to anchor their D-line for the foreseeable future. Where does this leave Gleen Dorsey, who struggled last year at defensive tackle and is expected to switch to end in the new scheme? With Jackson already penciled in to start at one DE spot, it could mean that Dorsey will have fend off Magee for the other starting job. Considering the new regime may very well be partial to the guy it drafted in Magee, leaving Dorsey facing an uphill battle to remain in the starting lineup.
For all the talk about Tamba Hali moving from end to outside linebacker, it could be even more important for Dorsey to adjust from tackle to end. I have high hopes for Magee, but you can’t expect any rookie to make an impact right away on the defensive line. So for all of the money the team will have invested in the line, it won’t help much this season if Dorsey is unable to improve on his rookie year. There has been some grumbling over at Pride of Detroit that the Lions could try to bring Dorsey in for a second round pick before next season but that would be a worst case scenario for Kansas City. Turning a top 5 pick into a second rounder in two seasons is pennies on the dollar.
The Kansas City Chiefs begin their OTA sessions on Monday and Bob Gretz wants you to know that even though there will not be a No. 88 running around the field, Tony Gonzalez will be there in the form of No. 87 Brad Cottam.
Cottam would appear to be the guy who will step into the starting role in the Chiefs offense at tight end. He knows he can’t replace Gonzalez and he won’t even try. But Cottam will bring a little bit of TG with him to the field this year because of everything he learned from No. 88 last year.
“For a guy like me, all I had to do was watch him, watch how he did things, watch how he went about practice every day, watch how he always was doing something to get better. He outworks people. The best part was he was also willing to share things. If you asked questions, he would answer. There are certain little things and drills that I’ve seen him do that if I keep doing them, it’s going to help me tremendously.”
Through the off-season strength and conditioning program there have been short sessions on the field with the Chiefs quarterbacks and receivers, so Cottam has gotten the chance to catch a few passes from new QB Matt Cassel.
“It doesn’t matter who or where you are, it’s going to take time to build the chemistry with a quarterback, so you can learn how he does things, how quickly the ball comes off his hands, how fast he makes his reads and decisions. Right now, it’s huge to be out there doing those things and advancing the relationships.”
Cottam has a tall task ahead of him with Chiefs fans. No one expects him to be Gonzalez, but after over a decade of having a tight end that catches everything sent his way it will be nearly impossible for Cottam to please Chiefs nation. I thought Cottam had a very good rookie season and even a modest improvement will make for a great year from a second year tight end playing in a new system, but something tells me that won’t be nearly enough for most Chiefs fans.
The body may not be cold yet, but that hasn’t stopped the mock drafts from being rolled out.
Immediately following the draft, in case you missed it, Todd McShay projected the Chiefs to pick 5th and select TE Jermaine Gresham from Oklahoma.
Today, Dave Gardner of New Era Scouting has Kansas City picking 2nd and taking DB Eric Berry from Tennessee.
I know “Mocking the Draft” is a year round business now, but can’t we at least start training camp before these full mock drafts come around? And if you are going to put one of these together, make sure you know what you are talking about. If the Chiefs end up back in the top 5 and use the pick on a TE there will be a riot in Kansas City.