Defense Can Wait

When you have as many holes to fill as the Chiefs do, it’s hard to put one side of the ball squarely ahead of the other.  But NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock told Adam Teicher that Kansas City is much better off going offense with the No. 5 pick.

“The defensive side of the ball is probably the deepest draft I’ve seen in eight years, particularly at defensive tackle and in the defensive backfield,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said.  “If you need a tackle, a corner or a safety, you can get a quality player deep in the third, fourth, fifth rounds.”

“The best value for them,” Mayock said, referring to the Chiefs’ first-round pick, “is going to be one of those offensive tackles.

The Patriots in the Pioli years did select one offensive lineman with their first pick, but that was with the last choice in the first round.

The Patriots in Pioli’s time also never drafted a wide receiver higher than the second round.  But they never had a shot at one with as much ability as Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant.

“When I watch him on tape, I can’t get Andre Johnson out of my mind,” Mayock said, comparing Bryant to Houston’s Pro Bowl receiver.  “I’ve got him as my No. 3-ranked player in this draft.  He’s got to come in (to the combine) in great shape, because there were a lot of rumors about him being a little heavy about a month and a half, two months ago.  He needs to run a good 40.

“I know he can catch the football.  I know how athletic he is.  He’s got to convince teams he’s got the work ethic and intelligence to compete at the highest level when they hand him an awful lot of money.”

The idea of adding someone as explosive as Bryant will surely be very tempting for Pioli and Todd Haley.  But no matter how well he runs at the combine, there will be plenty of questions about how his prolonged absence from competitive football will hurt his stock.

For all of his talent, due to his issues you have to imagine Kansas City — if they can find a willing partner — can trade down 5 or 6 spots ans still grab Bryant.

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