It’s not often that the second day of a draft offers more storylines and potential excitement than the first. This year, Day Two might just rival the intensity.
The NFL’s new draft format gets partial credit for an excellent second-day lineup, but the depth of this year’s draft class is ultimately what pushes today over the top. Many personnel executives across the league have gone on record in saying that this draft has more talent in the 2nd and 3rd rounds than any year in recent memory. With the Chiefs holding three of the first 36 picks, tonight is every bit as important as the one that preceded it.
Where to start?
The Chiefs could go a number of different ways with the fourth pick in the second round (and beyond). GM Scott Pioli mentioned that there was some late talk of trading up into the bottom of the first round for yet another pick last night. Was the big man in the middle,
If so, circle defensive tackle as a position to watch in the second round.
How about that number five pick? Who was the player that the Chiefs had on the board directly following Berry. Many assume that the choice came down to Berry or Russell Okung/Bryan Bulaga. If that’s true, then maybe offensive tackle is the position to watch for the Chiefs as we begin the second round.
In a bit of a surprise, only four tackles went during the first round last night. From draft guru Mike Mayock’s conference call last week, that’s only half of the total in which he had targeted as players who could provide an immediate impact at that position.
The remaining four tackles that Mayock specifically mentioned in his top-eight are Roger Saffold (Indiana), Charles Brown (USC), Bruce Campbell (Maryland) and Vlad Ducasse (Massachusetts). After those four come off the board, Mayock’s evaluation calls for a considerable drop-off in talent at the tackle position.
By the way, Mayock was correct in his prediction that Campbell would fall to the second round if the Raiders didn’t bite with the eighth overall choice. Could they get a chance to snag him at 38?
Then there is the wide receiver position, which is another area that many have targeted as a position in need of an immediate upgrade. Notre Dame’s Golden Tate has caught the eye of the Chiefs Kingdom with his bloodlines, along with Illinois Arrelious Benn and Kansas standout Dezmon Briscoe.
Go right on down the list to the tight end pool. Only one player from that group, which is considered to be one of the deepest of all positions in an ultra-deep draft, has come off the board. The Chiefs have reported workout ties to USC TE Anthony Davis and then there is always the guy blessed with a freakish frame and loads of athleticism in Arizona’s Rob Gronkowski.
Tackles, linebackers, tight ends and wide receivers; there’s no telling which way the Chiefs might go on the second day. What is certain, however, is some top-notch talent still remains on the board in each position group.
So where do we start to narrow our focus?
There are so many names getting thrown around and that’s not even counting the Notre Dame quarterback who has been dominating the national headlines. It’s near impossible to predict which way the Chiefs are going to go out of the gates in the second round. There’s just too much talent at too many positions to hammer out a solid prediction and the first pick tonight will help determine the course for the rest of the evening.
Even so, we all want names. Many of the names listed above have been thrown around, along with a handful of others (Terrence Cody, Sergio Kindle, etc.). There is, however, one name that hasn’t seemed to catch fire (at least among Chiefs fan) that could potentially represent a member high on the Chiefs draft board.
That name is Linval Joseph.
The life of a nose tackle at a mid-major probably won’t get you much fanfare, but East Carolina’s Linval Joseph certainly seems like a player who won’t go overlooked by NFL front offices this evening - particularly the front offices of teams who run a 3-4 scheme and are in need of a nose tackle.
At 6’5, 328, Jones is believed by many analysts to have the perfect size and frame required to man the middle. He also showed his strength at the NFL Combine by churning out 225 pounds an impressive 39 times on the bench press.
Originally predicted to be a mid-round pick, Joseph’s name slowly inched its way into a few first-round mocks across the country. Mel Kiper had Joesph going to the Jets at pick 29, while former NFL Scout Daniel Jeremiah (who worked in Cleveland under Romeo Crennel) had Joseph going to the Chargers with the 28th overall pick. A few others had Joseph targeted as possibility of the Patriots at number 24.
If the Pats had Joseph up for consideration on their draft board late in the first round, common sense would tell us that the New England school of evaluation branches out to Kansas City. It makes sense as to why 3-4 teams would like this guy. He has the physical tangibles and already has college tape at the position since East Carolina played a true 3-4 at times over his career.
During the NFL Combine, Joseph was still under the radar. Now, the secret is out.
There’s another player to add to your second-round radar.