Why won't the Chiefs give Alex Smith more toys to play with?
MAY 10, 2014 2:05a ET
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Grading a draft after three rounds is a lot like writing a theater review at intermission. There's another act to go yet, more plot twists, more turns, maybe a musical number or two, and a grand finale. We won't know the big picture, the full picture, until Saturday night.
Although, this is interesting: The Jacksonville Jaguars have acquired four new offensive players since early Thursday evening.
Through 100 picks, the Kansas City Chiefs have added ... none.
"Well, actually, it's not -- it just kind of falls that way," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said late Friday night. "Actually, we had three guys on the board there and you know, we kind of went ... I find it interesting, because after we took (cornerback) Phillip Gaines (at No. 87), all of a sudden, it was like, bang-bang-bang, and those were the next two guys that went."
The next two guys: Will Clarke, a defensive end out of West Virginia, to the Bengals at No. 88; and Chris Watt, a guard out of Notre Dame, to the Chargers at pick No. 89. If you're curious, the Colts took arguably the best big wideout still left on the board, Donte Moncrief out of Ole Miss, with pick No. 90.
No. 23? Defense. Dee Ford. Super-fast pass-rusher.
No. 87? Defense. Gaines. Super-fast corner.
Which is all well and good, really. Necessary, even -- this is a division, after all. where you're running into Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers four times a season, flinging the ball around, trying to Omaha you to death. And a 2014 schedule where you draw Tom Brady and Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick instead of Jeff Tuel, Case Keenum and Terrelle Pryor.
"You can't have enough good corners in this league," Dorsey said.
Amen, amen, amen.
Clearly, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has a seat in the war room closer to Dorsey's earshot than his offensive counterpart Doug Pederson. Or maybe that's just the way the picks fell on their "board," as the vernacular goes.
Although this has got to be said, too: The Chiefs essentially spent their only two picks in slots 1-100 on two backups in 2014, potentially.
And Ford and Gaines, for all their pluses, seem like two guys who would've really, really, really helped this team win some big games ... four months ago.
Maybe that's the point. Maybe the theme from the first act of this little production is that Dorsey and coach Andy Reid either:
A) Don't want what happened at Lucas Oil Stadium in January -- and let's not go there again, for all our sakes -- to ever happen again under their watch, or;
B) They think the offense is largely fine as-is.
Although: With no Brandon Albert, no Geoff Schwartz, no Jon Asamoah on the front line anymore and a Dwayne Bowe who's one year older, that particular assertion is kind of ... well, if it's not a leap of some faith, it's at least a fairly healthy little skip.
While you like stacking up weapons to throw at the Broncos and Chargers, it's also fair to ask, in the same breath, why quarterback Alex Smith hasn't been given more of his own toys to play with. Trying to outscore Manning or Rivers in a shootout may be a fool's errand, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take a flyer on, say, Moncrief (6-2, 221), UCLA receiver Shaq Evans (6-1, 213) or South Carolina target Bruce Ellington (5-9, 197), either.
Maybe they know something we don't. Actually, we know they know several somethings. We haven't really seen what Travis Kelce can do at tight end, healthy. We haven't seen Eric Fisher at left tackle, healthy. We haven't seen Sanders Commings at all.
Commings or no Commings, Gaines -- on paper -- ticks a lot of the right boxes in the secondary, however he eventually fits. A 4.38 time in the 40-yard dash. Solid size (6-feet-ish). Good reach.
At Rice, he was targeted 40 times as a senior. Thirteen of those balls were caught. Thirteen more were either picked off (four) or batted away (nine). The numbers are there.
Although this is there, too: In college, Gaines went through two incidents -- one misdemeanor arrest, one suspension -- related to marijuana. Morally, you can debate the pros and cons of Mary Jane all you like. But this still is a professional workplace with a clear drug policy, with drug tests, and that's not the kind of merit badge you want to be wearing on the ol' sash when you walk in the door.
Plus, we had this nugget, from NFL.com's scouting report:
"Not equipped to handle man-to-man responsibility. Poor run supporter and tackler."
Doesn't sound like ideal safety material, at first blush.
"Whatever they tell me to do, I'll do," Gaines said. "It (makes) no difference to me."
He should be fine, long-term. Actually, the real insult-to-injury part of the night came in the second round, with pick No. 56, one of the two the Chiefs gave up to get Smith last spring.
The 49ers went out and flipped it to, of all teams, the Broncos -- who then turned around and grabbed wideout Cody Latimer out of Indiana, a 6-foot-2 target who was lodged deep in the hearts of Kansas City faithful.
That John Elway doesn't waste a chance to turn the screw, does he?
"I still think there are a few there to be had," Dorsey said of the receivers on the board.
There better be. Otherwise, this is one particular theater that's going to get awfully restless, awfully quick.
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