A Rooting Interest for Three and a Half Hours

In December of 2003, the Kansas City Chiefs were winding down their best season in seven years. They were in a dogfight with the New England and Indianapolis for home field advantage in the playoffs. Every Chiefs fan was rooting for their opponents down the stretch.

But those same fans were the ones who watched the Colts destroy the Chiefs Super Bowl dreams. This weekend the same fans that filled Arrowhead on that cold January day and those who watched that game on television; will be riveted to the NFL draft the next two days or at least until the Chiefs make their first round selection.

On the eve of the 2005 NFL draft, Chiefs fans find themselves in a similar predicament for the first three and a half hours of Saturdays NFL draft. The first 14 picks each could take the allotted NFL time limit of 15 minutes. That equates to about three and a half hours of wait time for the Chiefs and their fans. Now with a strong off-season to date; most Chiefs fans have a plan ‘A' or plan ‘B' when it comes to the Chiefs draft day desires.

Plan A is to select an impact defensive player when the Chiefs are on the clock with the 15th pick in the first round. Plan B would be to trade down and acquire an extra second, third or fourth round pick if none of the desired players are still on the board at the fifteenth spot.

That dilemma is where the fans start rooting for other teams to make an uncalculated or stupid draft selection that could improve the Chiefs chances of gaining some leverage with the their top pick.

The impact defensive players on the Chiefs radar screen continue to be players like Texas linebacker, Derrick Johnson, Auburn cornerback Carlos Rogers, West Virginia cornerback Adam "Pac Man" Jones, Tory State defensive end/linebacker Demarcus Ware and Georgia Safety, Thomas Davis.

If plan ‘A' is to be executed, the Chiefs will need to see a run on offensive players in the first fourteen picks. There's a good chance of that happening with such offensive talents as quarterbacks Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers. Wide receivers Braylon Edwards, Mike Williams, Troy Williamson, and Mark Clayton could warrant drafting in the top 14 picks. Plus when you throw in running backs Ronnie Brown, Cedric Benson, Carnell Williams, and the top offensive lineman Alex Barron; each has the potential to be selected before the Chiefs are on the clock.

In fact if all 10 were to go in the first 14 picks, the Chiefs would almost have their choice of one of the top three cornerbacks and the highest rated linebacker. Though it's more likely that eight to ten of those players will go in that span; fans need to hope the more that go so it benefits the Chiefs.

However, if less than eight get selected, then plan ‘B' will likely have to kick in, because the players the Chiefs covet would all likely be off the board. If that is the case, Chiefs fans need to root for a projected high offensive draft pick to slide to the 15th slot. That means fans need to hope Aaron Rodgers, Mike Williams and Carnell Williams are the three players who fall out of the Top 10-15 slots. That would garner the attention of other teams who might be willing to swap with Kansas City.

For example if Rodgers is still on the board when the Chiefs are on the clock, a team like Seattle at 23 or Green Bay at 24 might be willing to trade up to get him. If Carnell Williams were to slide to that spot then maybe Philadelphia will trade a pair of draft picks to the Chiefs. But if Mike Williams is on the board and the Chiefs pass on him, he could draw interest from both Minnesota at 18 or Baltimore at 22.

Thus Chiefs fans will have plenty to root about in the first three and a half hours of the NFL Draft. Like they've been accustomed to the last three NFL seasons, they've been cheering loudly for their offense. On Saturday afternoon, they hope other teams are high on the offensive side of the ball, so they can get an impact defensive player. But if not, they'll be cheering just as loud of there is a run on the defensive side of the ball; because that could lead to acquiring a second round pick that could replace the one given to Miami for Patrick Surtain. If that happens, the Chiefs could another pair of defensive players who would complete the off-season overhaul of one of the worst units in the NFL.

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