The Chiefs are hoping the Detroit Lions are willing to gamble with the top pick in next month’s NFL draft, reports Adam Teicher at the Kansas City Star. A gamble would mean Detroit selecting Georgia QB Matthew Stafford. That would lead the St. Louis Rams to presumably select one of the top two tackles (Jason Smith of Baylor or Eugene Monroe of Virginia) and leave Kansas City with the pick of defensive players.
New Lions coach Jim Schwartz sounds like a man that wants a quarterback, but may be willing to wait:
“We need to find a quarterback. I’ve been on the record saying quarterback is the most important position on the team. But there are a lot of different ways to get that quarterback. I’ve said this before, Peyton Manning was drafted No. 1 overall. Kurt Warner, a Super Bowl champion and a Super Bowl (participant) this year, was an undrafted free agent. There are a lot of different ways to get that quarterback.”
The closer we get to the draft, the more I think the Lions are going to draft a quarterback. I just don’t think it will be with the #1 pick. Schwartz has Daunte Culpepper to hold down the position next season and even hired Scott Linehan to be his offensive coordinator, the same position he held with the Vikings when Culpepper was most successful. There is just no need for Detroit to invest so much in a signal caller when they have plenty of other holes they need to fill.
It seems to get lost on a lot of people that the Lions also hold the 20th pick in the first round, thanks to a trade with the Cowboys. That is where I think Detroit will try to snap up their quarterback of the future, be it Josh Freeman of Kansas State or what would be a gift wrapped, free falling Mark Sanchez of USC.
What this all mean for the Chiefs is that Aaron Curry is not a lock to be there for the Chiefs at #3.
Also at the KC Star, Kent Babb wants the Chiefs to give Larry Johnson one more chance so he can prove that he has changed.
I will always agree with people when they want to give someone a second chance. Absolutely. But Larry Johnson is on chance number 6 or 7 with this team and frankly does not deserve another. Hopefully the Chiefs will go to their hearing next week, get out from under the bonuses they owe Johnson and promptly release him.
On the other side of the Larry Johnson coin, Adam Best of Arrowhead Addict believes LJ has played his last game in a Chiefs uniform.
Yes, yes he has (I hope).