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.

31 responses to “Ex-Chiefs G.M. ranks the top-ten draft-eligible underclassmen

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

    Eric Berry
    Tamba Hali
    Jamaal Charles
    Dustin Colquitt
    Justin Houston

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. “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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