In Miami, Fasano, was known for his hard-nosed style in the middle of the field and his had hands of gold. And when he signed his contract with the Chiefs in mid-march that put former third round draft pick, Tony Moeaki, on notice.
And thus far, he hasn't responded.
When the Chiefs opened their mini-camp last week, Moeaki, had another round of work done on his knee. His tenure in Kansas City, much like his tenure at the University of Iowa, had multiple stints in the operating room and missed time on the field.
Moeaki is a gifted tight end but he can't stay healthy. And that poses an interesting quandary for the Chiefs this week. Should they spend a relatively high pick finding someone to replace Moeaki on their 2013 roster?
As we talked about yesterday for this offense to be successful, KC's receivers, must spread the field if it's going to fire on all cylinders. In Andy Reid's, west coast system, his offense is designed to throw short passes to receivers, backs and tight ends and let their natural athleticism break tackles and gain chunks of yardage.
Moeaki has the skill set to do just that. He can occupy space in the middle of the field, get open and make the spectacular catches. But he also drops some pretty easy chip shots.
That's not the case with Fasano, who right now has to be #1 on KC's depth chart. And with the jury out on Moeaki and his latest surgery stint, minor as it might have been, I'd have to assume that the Chiefs would take a young college tight end in rounds 4-7 on Saturday.
And if they do, that should serve as even more motivation for Moeaki to hit the training room hard and to understand that 2013 could be his last in Kansas City if he can't stay healthy.
With the 49ers, Alex Smith's success at quarterback had a lot to do with the fact he had a premier tight end in Vernon Davis, to get the ball to in clutch situations. In Kansas City, he doesn't have that person. That means Fasano, and a healthy Moeaki, must each deliver the goods or Smith is going to lose some of his offensive punch.
So I ask the question again. Will the Chiefs draft a young tight end?
At this point, they simply don't have a choice.
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