Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki believes the top of the draft is taking shape with quarterback Matthew Stafford of Georgia and tackles Jason Smith of Baylor and Eugene Monroe of Virginia all set to be selected in the top 5. But the presence of Scott Pioli and Browns head coach Eric Mangini — two Bill Belichick disciples — both sitting at the top of the draft has left many around the league only guessing at what might happen.
There has been a general consensus that Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry was the Chiefs choice because he was the safe pick. Nawrocki is now hearing the Chiefs will be in the big-man sweepstakes so the team can protect new quarterback Matt Cassel.
If the Lions take Stafford that means the Chiefs will be guaranteed either Smith or Monroe. With Monroe there is a connection to both Scott Pioli and Todd Haley as he played for Al Groh who worked with Pioli and Haley in New York with the Jets. Monroe could play right tackle with former Virginia teammate Branden Albert staying at left tackle and current Chiefs right tackle Damion McIntosh moving inside to guard.
This could be the first time I’ve heard a legitimate arguement for the Chiefs to take one of the top tackles at #3. Other than Curry the only other guy that has been connected to the team was Brian Orakpo of Texas. I’ve been pretty clear that if the player is at the top of the draft board, take him. But with Albert already set at the most important slot on the offensive line I can’t imagine one of the tackles will be ranked higher than both Curry and Orakpo. It does feel good though to have so much mystery around the Chiefs going into the draft. I can’t ever remember Carl Peterson drawing this kind of intrigue.