Here’s what NFL.com is saying about the Chiefs picks as they too went after their weak areas; both lines and some depth at the corner position. Plus one of Mizzou’s staying in state.
Rd. 1, Pick 5–Glenn Dorsey DT, LSU. He’s a huge guy who runs well and has talent, but it has been said he lacks passion for the game. If a coach can motivate him and get him excited about playing football, he may well wind up being a find at the guard position.
Rd. 1, Pick 15–Branden Albert OG, Virginia. Albert has the versatility to play guard or tackle in the NFL. He finishes blocks down the field and in space. He started 37 games (35 games at left guard, two at left tackle) for Virginia over three years. Has great overall athletic ability for a big man and could develop into the best offensive lineman in the draft.
Rd. 2, Pick 35–Brandon Flowers CB, Virginia Tech. With better speed, Flowers would have been a much higher pick. He plays the game faster than his timed speed indicates (4.55). Best traits are good instincts and physical play.
Rd. 3, Pick 73–Jamaal Charles RB, Texas. The Chiefs take a guy that is likely the best player on their board right now in Charles. He likely fell to the third round due to his lack of strength, but when it comes to speed, he’s a break-away back. His playmaking ability makes him a potential situational player that can also catch the ball.
Rd. 3, Pick 76–Brad Cottam TE, Tennessee. Cottam’s problem was the fact that he only started 10 games in five years at Tennessee. He has very impressive size and skills for a tight end to go with speed in the 4.6’s. The Chiefs may be looking for a future starter with Tony Gonzalez nearing the end of his career
Rd. 3, Pick 82–DaJuan Morgan S, NC State. Morgan was a one-year starter and raw, but has good athletic ability and potential. He is the type of player who can get better in the pros with good coaching, because of his measurables and potential to develop. He is an excellent special teams player who originally made his mark in the kicking game.
Rd. 4, Pick 105–Will Franklin, WR Missouri. At over 6-feet and 214 pounds, Franklin has impressive speed (he ran a 4.3 40) for a guy his size. He is extremely explosive and was generally graded as a third rounder, so Kansas City gets good value in the fourth round
Rd. 5, Pick 140–Brandon Carr, CB Grand Valley State. Carr went under the radar as a Division II All-American for Grand Valley State. He has good size for a cornerback, but looked more like an athlete than a football player at times. He needs to work on his technique.
Rd. 6, Pick 170–Barry Richardson, OT Clemson. He’s a huge guy who runs well and has talent, but it has been said he lacks passion for the game. If a coach can motivate him and get him excited about playing football, he may well wind up being a find at the guard position.
Rd. 6, Pick 182–Kevin Robinson, WR Utah State. Robinson is the best return man in the country out of Utah State. The competition isn’t great in the WAC and it could be tough for him to adjust to the pro game. Still, he’s very good at what he does and is an excellent special teamer.
Rd. 7, Pick 210–Brian Johnston, DE Gardner-Webb. Johnston put on considerable weight in his time at Gardner-Webb and has the ability to get even bigger. He has good balance, body control and active hands in the pass rush
Rd. 7, Pick 239–Mike Merritt, TE Central Florida. A prototypical blocking tight end, Merritt has good size and strength. He is not a threat in the passing game, but can be utilized in jumbo packages.