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Ex-Chiefs G.M. ranks the top-ten draft-eligible underclassmen

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Peter King’s latest Monday Morning Quarterback column contains a segment with ex-Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli where Pioli ranks the top-ten underclassmen available for April’s NFL draft. It’s a rare glimpse into an NFL General Manager’s mindset regarding draft opinions front-office decision makers keep so secret.

Pioli was fired on January 4, but his work on this year’s underclassmen is still relatively fresh. Underclassmen don’t participate in the late-January all-star game circuit. All that is currently available on them is college tape. And Pioli was doing tape and scouting work until his dismissal.

Pioli ranks Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel as the top underclassman eligible for the 2013 draft, calling him a “strong candidate” to be selected first overall. Pioli’s former team, of course, holds the No. 1 pick.

Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, and Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins make up the rest of Pioli’s top five.

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy is sixth, and Pioli envisions him as an “every-down back” in the NFL with “low mileage” after playing behind Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson his first two seasons.

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, Cal receiver Keenan Allen, Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree, and San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar round out the top ten.

Jones, who is ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper’s top-rated overall prospect for the 2013 draft, has some concerns, according to Pioli. Pioli calls Jones a potentially “tough positional fit” in the NFL due to tweener-type size and noted that Jones dominated in certain games while disappearing in others.

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31 Responses to “Ex-Chiefs G.M. ranks the top-ten draft-eligible underclassmen”
  1. getyourownname says: Jan 28, 2013 12:10 PM

    This would mean more if we knew who his top 10 were last year.

  2. blacknole08 says: Jan 28, 2013 12:11 PM

    Sharrif Floyd is overrated. No mention of Damontre Moore or even Justin Hunter? Jarvis Jones will be a beast if drafted by the right team.

    No wonder this guy isn’t a GM anymore.

  3. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 28, 2013 12:12 PM

    There is a reason he doesn’t have a job. The same should be said for Michael Lombardi, but you know those Browns.

  4. swagger52 says: Jan 28, 2013 12:16 PM

    Don’t let Brian Billick evaluate the QBs…Boller cost the Ravens a couple of Superbowls during the open window. Billick loves the guy who can throw 70 yards on his knee. It doesn’t matter if he can’t hit the broad side of a barn.

  5. mdpickles says: Jan 28, 2013 12:17 PM

    This draft may not be deep with sexy skill position players, but those lineman are insane. Werner, Floyd, Joeckel, etc.. look like they have a lot to offer in the NFL.

  6. detroitrollin22 says: Jan 28, 2013 12:21 PM

    Eddie Lacy will be a beast in the NFL. It just sucks that the Packers will draft him and he’ll go against Detroit 2x a year.

  7. h3min1230 says: Jan 28, 2013 12:26 PM

    Chiefs already have 2 probowl outside LBs, so they’re not going to take Jones. They have to take LT Joeckel. Reids system will help Cassel until they can find his replacement sometime next year.

  8. azjahwkr says: Jan 28, 2013 12:27 PM

    Who in their right mind would listen to anything this guy has to say after what he did to the Chiefs organization after the last 4 years. Give me a break

  9. bradybbgoat says: Jan 28, 2013 12:27 PM

    Let’s keep Pioli’s drafting history in mind before we get too excited about his top 10.

  10. southpaw2k says: Jan 28, 2013 12:31 PM

    Even before the Te’o scandal was made public, I had come over to the Alex Ogletree bandwagon. He’s my first choice for who the Ravens should get in April if he’s available in the mid-20s range.

    Of course, we have a Super Bowl win to celebrate well before the draft arrives anyway. Priorities first.

  11. hedleykow says: Jan 28, 2013 12:32 PM

    Draft should be interesting for Chiefs fans. I hope Andy Reid doesn’t blow it.

  12. 7pints says: Jan 28, 2013 12:40 PM

    So, basically stay away from these guys???

  13. jomochiefsfan84 says: Jan 28, 2013 12:42 PM

    Like his input matters like when he drafted Tyson Jackson when no one who this guy even was. Pioli pissed away the drafts that mattered most over the past few seasons

  14. steelfan1 says: Jan 28, 2013 12:44 PM

    The real question is, how many people ranked Russell Wilson high last year, or the Running back for the Redskin?

    Folks please stop with your ranking because if history has shown us anything, it is, you can never measure or rank the desire of a sport athlete.

  15. therealjr says: Jan 28, 2013 12:52 PM

    Why don’t he and Matt Millen share more of their fantastic talent evaluation insight?

  16. soobster says: Jan 28, 2013 12:53 PM

    Jarvis Jones was playing through multiple injuries all year and missed the first couple games. He still lead the nation in sacks and had over 24 Tackles For Loss. He disappeared in some of the games bc he wasnt even on the field.

  17. greenejoemean says: Jan 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    Lacy would be the perfect steeler.

  18. thraiderskin says: Jan 28, 2013 1:08 PM

    The Jarvis Jones people need to slow thier roll. We are talking about a guy with stenosis(sp?) playing a high impact sport at a high impact position. How many people are willing to wager their first round pick on a guy who at anytime could cripple himself stuffing a running lane? He is a beast, do not get what I’m saying wrong, but a 1st round pick on a guy for “maybe” a career or more probably (than any other player before) for 1 -2 seasons? Drafting will always be a gamble, but a 1st round pick, top ten pick, is a huge lump of cash (literally and figuratively) to bet.

  19. andyreidisthegoat says: Jan 28, 2013 1:08 PM

    Take this with a grain of salt. key here is ex-gm.

  20. der6495 says: Jan 28, 2013 1:17 PM

    swagger52 says: Jan 28, 2013 12:16 PM

    Don’t let Brian Billick evaluate the QBs…Boller cost the Ravens a couple of Superbowls during the open window. Billick loves the guy who can throw 70 yards on his knee. It doesn’t matter if he can’t hit the broad side of a barn.


    Agreed. Jamarcus Russell could do it too and we know how that ended up.

  21. meana55 says: Jan 28, 2013 1:25 PM

    Chiefs had plenty of talent on the roster. 6 Pro-Bowlers this year

    Eric Berry
    Tamba Hali
    Jamaal Charles
    Dustin Colquitt
    Justin Houston

  22. chris6523 says: Jan 28, 2013 1:52 PM

    Eddie Lacy will be a beast in the NFL. It just sucks that the Packers will draft him and he’ll go against Detroit 2x a year.


    I would be pleasantly surprised if Lacey is available for the Pack. IMO, this guy is going to fly up draft boards. Someone is going to pick Jarvis Jones early and will probably do so with some nagging doubts in their mind.

  23. tim581981 says: Jan 28, 2013 2:01 PM

    I would take Pioli’s word over Kiper’s anyday

  24. tim581981 says: Jan 28, 2013 2:03 PM

    and being an eagles fan Reid will take Joekel gauranteed

  25. texastbones says: Jan 28, 2013 2:13 PM

    Apparently Pioli isn’t getting much interest in his services for next year or he would stick with protocol and keep all of his talent evaluations more under lock and key.

    I hear he and Lovie Smith and sharing a vacation home somewhere for the next year.

  26. riverhorsey says: Jan 28, 2013 2:54 PM

    Why are we even looking at a top 10 list from the worst GM in the NFL the last 2 years?

  27. rtant2013 says: Jan 28, 2013 3:04 PM

    I like Lacy but in my opinion Gio Bernard from UNC is the top back in this years draft. Dude has everything you look for in not only a speed back but also a power back. And the thing that impressed me, everyone knew he was getting the ball and yet he still would break a 70 yd run. He’s big, fast and has great vision, and is a great kick/punt returned also. He will be an absolute monster for whoever gets him.

  28. jbaxt says: Jan 28, 2013 5:22 PM

    This from a guy who gave Cassel 62 million and drafted Tyson Jackson 3rd overall and John Baldwin in the 1st round. You’d get equally good insight from Kermit the Frog.

  29. db3300 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:26 PM

    “Thanks Pioloi” said no NFL fan ever.

  30. repmochief50 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:41 PM

    Said it was the his top 10 but don’t see where he mentioned they were part of the “right” 53. So He probably wouldn’t have drafted any of them with the #1.

  31. mazblast says: Jan 28, 2013 10:12 PM

    “It’s a rare glimpse into an NFL General Manager’s mindset”

    I think what you meant was “a rare glimpse into a self-impressed, spectacular failure of an ex-GM’s mindset”.

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