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Chiefs tamp down expectations for this year’s first overall draft pick

John Dorsey AP

New Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey has a big decision ahead of him with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. But he wants Chiefs fans to understand that this year’s draft is not like last year’s draft.

Dorsey said on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City that the 2012 draft, with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III at the top and a lot of talent beyond those two, was the kind of draft that doesn’t come along every year. Or even every decade.

“That’s one of those drafts that come along every two decades, maybe every three decades, when you have that many impact players,” Dorsey said.

So what about this year? Dorsey says that just because the Chiefs would like to find a franchise quarterback, that doesn’t mean they’re going to draft a quarterback first overall if they don’t determine that there’s a quarterback worthy of going first overall.

“I will never attempt to reach or jump on a player just for need’s sake,” Dorsey said. “We’re not going to do that here.”

Asked if it’s still possible that the Chiefs will stick with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback in 2013, Dorsey said, “Well, you never say never.”

That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of Cassel. But it also may turn out that Cassel is the best option the Chiefs have.

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31 Responses to “Chiefs tamp down expectations for this year’s first overall draft pick”
  1. damadgreek says: Jan 18, 2013 1:20 PM

    Reid will turn Cassel into a player that he can then trade to the Dolphins for a second round pick.

  2. shlort says: Jan 18, 2013 1:27 PM

    There are exactly zero decent QB prospects in the first round of the draft. Of course some of the prognsticators have some QB in there, there isnt a RGIII or an Andrew Luck anywhere in the 2013 draft class.

    KCs best bet would be to look at a value guy. A guy they can get in a later round that needs some honing. Some of these kids are good enough to start, but no one looks at them as round 1 guys. Some of these kids just need someone to show them the right way to do things. Look at some of the past later round guys who made it big.

  3. jakethesnake57 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:27 PM

    You mean Andy Reid has a big decision to make with the first overall pick in the draft. Dorsey is a supporting player, not the one calling the shots.

  4. gbatap says: Jan 18, 2013 1:33 PM

    It’s cute that you guys believe anything anyone says about the draft this time of year.

  5. blackngoldimmortals says: Jan 18, 2013 1:38 PM

    They could always trade for another QB and with the number one draft pick in every round they have some ammunition.

  6. seattlerogueburner says: Jan 18, 2013 1:41 PM

    This year’s draft will have tons of sleepers. It’s hard to find stand out players that teams are aching to snag. The Chiefs shouldn’t go for a QB with the first pick, because there aren’t any first overall choices. Plenty of QBs in the league could easily be traded to KC, like Alex Smith or Matt Flynn, so use that 1st pick on someone of value.

  7. jazz607 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:42 PM

    The #4 pick (Joeckel), a later round pick and QB N. Foles to the Chiefs for the #1 Overall pick (Gino Smith QB)
    Chiefs need a QB and Foles was drafted by Reid, the Eagles need Gino Smith to run the new Chip Kelly offense.
    Thoughts?

  8. joetoronto says: Jan 18, 2013 1:49 PM

    Asked if it’s still possible that the Chiefs will stick with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback in 2013, Dorsey said, “Well, you never say never.”

    Except when it comes to Matt Cassel, then you really do say never.

  9. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 18, 2013 1:52 PM

    How many times do we have to go down this road? In 2011 all we heard was that Cam wasn’t deserving of the #1 pick. Cam goes #1. In 2010 and 2009 all we heard was that Stafford and Bradford were too injury-prone to be taken #1. Both went #1. In 2007 even the awful Jamarcus Russell was taken #1. We did have 2008, where a tackle went #1, even though in hindsight it is clear Miami should have taken QB Matt Ryan.

    Let’s not go through this again. It’s gonna be a QB taken #1, probably Geno Smith. Let’s just accept it and start thinking about pick #2.

  10. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 18, 2013 1:54 PM

    @jazz607

    I’d say that’s actually a possibility. Well done.

  11. fwippel says: Jan 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    Which player is worthy of being the first overall pick? I don’t see one this year, especially in comparison to last year.

    If I were the Chiefs, I’d be entertaining offers to see who wants it, and stockpile the draft picks.

  12. snowpea84 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    Andy Reid has been successful without superstar qb’s in the past. Feeley and Garcia come to mind. Guys who operate properly in the designed offense. However, Reid also has a penchant for starting guys who don’t play well in his system. It’s like he fals so in love with the schemes that can be drawn up when you have a mobile QB that he forgets to check whether or not these guys can actually properly execute theWest Coast offense.

  13. keevel says: Jan 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    Mr. Flynn? Kansas City on line one for you.

  14. voiceofsweetness says: Jan 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    jazz607 says:
    I like the thought process on that trade. I don’t see the Eagles valuing Geno enough for that big of a deal. Decent chance Geno is there at 4 anyway.
    Nick Foles seemed to show enough that I feel Foles and a swap of first round (If the eagles want Smith enough) should do it. Helps Chiefs a ton installing the new offense with Foles and a good shot to be the QB of the future. That and I do think Foles needs to go because he has potential and that offense doesn’t seem to fit at all with his skills.
    I also have to believe Kelly will be intrigued to see what Vick can do in his offense. Wouldn’t be surprised a bit to see Vick stay.

  15. stealthjunk says: Jan 18, 2013 2:07 PM

    What he said is accurate — the Chiefs are not going to “REACH” for a player. I would hope that no team in the history or in the future will ever describe one of their picks as a “reach.”

  16. somekat says: Jan 18, 2013 2:12 PM

    The #4 pick (Joeckel), a later round pick and QB N. Foles to the Chiefs for the #1 Overall pick (Gino Smith QB)
    Chiefs need a QB and Foles was drafted by Reid, the Eagles need Gino Smith to run the new Chip Kelly offense.
    Thoughts?
    =========================

    if the Eagles can get Joekel at 4, the will sit there an take him. Most likely, the chiefs take Joekel #1.

    No way the Eagles trade up for a QB who won’t even go before #4, and is no more equipped to run Kelly’s offense than Foles (Who Kelly has praised on numerous occasions). There is no franchise QB this year, if Smith was that guy, the Chiefs would take him themselves and not look back

    All in all, terrible idea that will never happen

  17. somekat says: Jan 18, 2013 2:15 PM

    snowpea84 says:
    Jan 18, 2013 1:58 PM
    Andy Reid has been successful without superstar qb’s in the past. Feeley and Garcia come to mind. Guys who operate properly in the designed offense. However, Reid also has a penchant for starting guys who don’t play well in his system. It’s like he fals so in love with the schemes that can be drawn up when you have a mobile QB that he forgets to check whether or not these guys can actually properly execute theWest Coast offense.

    ===============================

    Between them, Feeley and Garcia started less than 15 games. Foles lead a team with a fantastic defense to a 3-1 record against bad teams. Garcia had a nice run though, but he was always solid. Reid has ALWAYS had a “superstar” qb, and usually one that is unequipped to run the West coast offense (McNabb and Vick)

  18. EJ says: Jan 18, 2013 2:20 PM

    My educated guess says that the Chiefs will find a trading partner, go back a few spots, select a decent LB or OT and run with Cassel. With the addition of Reid, the Chiefs gained a key component to unlocking the very best out of whoever they may decide to throw under center. Their defense is pretty solid, Offense is close. I expect Reid to go mostly Offense from round 2 to 7. The team will not be picking in the top ten in 2014, they shored up what they needed most- A Coach.

  19. ijahru says: Jan 18, 2013 2:20 PM

    Take the O tackle or pass rusher at #1 then look at a QB later in the draft. Wilson and Kaepernick weren’t #1 picks. Romo wasn’t even drafted. Yes most starting QBs were forst round picks but if there isn’t a stud at #1 overall don’t waste the pick.

  20. randyschwimmer7 says: Jan 18, 2013 2:21 PM

    In other words, we are taking Luke Joeckel and you are going to like it.

  21. dalucks says: Jan 18, 2013 2:51 PM

    The Chiefs should trade for Matt Schaub in exchange they trade draft picks with the Texans in the 1st, 2nd and 4th rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.
    Matt Schaub would win 8 to 10 games in Kansas City playing against the last place schedule plus the Chiefs can still draft a quarteback or offensive linemen in the first round.
    The Texans should admit Matt Schaub has maxed out in Houston and trade him now. His salary cap space can be used to sign Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings while they can draft DT Star Lotulelei in the 1st round and DE Margus Hunt in the 2nd round to add some pass rush to the DL.
    As a Texans fan, I realize Schaub’s best value to the Texans at this point is trade bait. Arain Foster, Andre Johnson and Duane Brown are all top 3 at their position while Schaub is not and he can be replaced with the Texans regressing. Matt Schaub and Gary Kubiak have maxed out in Houston and the Texans should be proactive now instead of being reactive next summer.

  22. generalherald says: Jan 18, 2013 2:51 PM

    I think the following 2 quotes should summarize pretty well what the new era will be like:

    “I will never attempt to reach or jump on a player just for need’s sake,” Dorsey said.

    ..stick with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback in 2013, Dorsey said, “Well, you never say never.”

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 18, 2013 2:51 PM

    Sounds like he is going to work hard to trade for the pick considering there isn’t anybody who stands out as a clear cut #1 overall type of value player compared to most recent years. His own words are likely going to be an argument for his own removal if his pick doesn’t impress.

  24. slickster35 says: Jan 18, 2013 3:28 PM

    Anyone who thinks the Chiefs will be going with Cassel next year is a certified idiot.

  25. kcflake says: Jan 18, 2013 3:33 PM

    As long as it isn;t Cassel at QB. We have suffered through 4 years of this Wannabe TOm brady and he has proven he doesn;t have what it takes. I am sure Reid could coach Cassel up, but we need a NEW Starting QB who isn;t named Cassel.

    As far as the #1 pick goes. I would do everything I could to move back to somewhere in the top 12. Take a QB, OL, LB or CB, whatever is best available at the time of the pick. I wouldn;t be surprised to see Alex Smith or Matt Hasselback start as a bridge QB for whoever they draft.

  26. ckinthekc99 says: Jan 18, 2013 5:45 PM

    “Anyone who thinks the Chiefs will be going with Cassel next year is a certified idiot.”

    I’ve been saying that for the last 2 years, but the Chiefs seem to be afraid of taking a qb. First off, this idea that there is no qb worth taking number 1 & u should just wait and take one in 2nd or 3rd is dumb. So in a year when there isn’t a qb, you’d rather have the 4th or 5th or 6th best qb????? You need a qb, its obvious to everyone, so man the heck up and take the best one already!!!!!!! Flynn, Alex Smith……sounds like Cassell 2.0, and after a couple of crappy seasons, Reid will be gone, and you can start over again. Reid was hired to groom a qb, have him identify one, and draft one.

     

  27. gonowestmo says: Jan 18, 2013 7:42 PM

    We should draft nothing but QBs and hope one of them is at least Steve DeBerg good.

  28. greenngold says: Jan 19, 2013 12:09 AM

    The issue with trading the #1 overall this year is finding another team that believes there is a clear-cut, sure-fire #1 on the board… and are willing to pay to get up to take him. I sure don’t see who that would be. In most years you can usually see the top 6-10 or so prospects… almost always shakes out that way. This seems a rather bizarro year in which there is not even a close concensus on those top 10. I’ve been a draftnik longer than most of y’all have been alive and cannot recall a year that appears to be this jumbled at the top. Respect the heck out of Dorsey, but what a lousy year to have the #1.

  29. vegasdestroyer says: Jan 19, 2013 10:02 AM

    If the Chiefs don’t take Geno with the top pick, Reid and Dorsey better make a deal because the top three QBs, including Tyler and Barkley, in this draft will be gone by the end of the first round. Doubt the Flynn-Dorsey connection. If Andy wants OT Joeckel so badly, then the Chiefs should take the Eagles up on the Foles trade for their second rounder.

  30. vegasdestroyer says: Jan 19, 2013 10:28 AM

    Eagles, Bills, Jags, Jets are all in the QB market.
    Eagles – Geno Smith, Bills – Mike Glennon, Jets – Tyler Wilson, Jags – Matt Barkley. Arizona may look to trade with the Pats but probably try another year with Kolb.

  31. madman731 says: Jan 21, 2013 4:10 AM

    None of the QBs in this draft are worth a first round pick. Still it wouldn’t shock me if KC gives into the fanbase and goes with a QB at the #1 spot.

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