Day One Celebrations and Day Two Values

Day one of the Kansas City Chiefs 2005 draft should by all means be considered a success. Not many expected that linebacker Derrick Johnson would be available at the 15th pick but once given the opportunity the Chiefs jumped at the chance to draft the purest linebacker in this draft.

The athletic Johnson will provide a solid upgrade to the outside of Kansas City's linebacking corps, a unit that happens to be the most important cog in Gunther Cunningham's defensive schemes.

The second round pick that was traded to Miami for Patrick Surtain a day earlier should also prove to be a wise move. It's highly unlikely that any of the defensive backs or players for that matter that was taken in the first or second round; will be able to come in and have the impact like Surtain will have on the Chiefs defense.

With a cornerbacks of his caliber, the Chiefs can now go back to playing more press coverage rather than the soft zones that they were forced to play last year due to lesser talent. This changes the whole dynamics of the defense as it disrupts the timing of pass patterns and gives the pass rush a little more time to get to the quarterback. This also allows the safeties and linebackers to play more aggressive because at this point the defense is in control of the tempo.

In the 3rd round, the Chiefs helped their defense once again by drafting punter Dustin Colquitt with the 99th pick. Dustin is the son of former Two-Time Super Bowl Championship and Pittsburgh Steelers punter Craig Colquitt. Over the years Dustin's father has taught him every nuance of the trade. Armed with that knowledge; Colquitt is as equally versed in directional punting as he is with the deep kick. He is such a technician that he even goes as far as studying film on upcoming opponents.

Now how many punters do that?

Colquitt could quickly become a cult hero if he can consistently pin opposing offenses inside the ten yard lines like former Chiefs punters Bryan Barker and Louie Aguiar did in the 90's. Colquitt will compete with incumbent Nick Murphy but as Chiefs Dick Vermeil mentioned to reporters last night; he expects him to punting for Kansas City for many years.

On day two of the draft the Chiefs will have a total of seven picks. 1 pick in the 4th and 2 picks in each of the following three rounds.

Here is a short list of players that the Chiefs could very well be interested in on day two.

Ernest Shazor
Strong Safety
Michigan
6'4" 225lbs 4.65
The Chiefs missed out on Thomas Davis in the 1st round but Shazor is a guy on the board that posses many of the same attributes Davis displayed at Georgia. Like Davis, Shazor was a college safety who might better project out as an outside linebacker in the Chiefs defense.

Ryan Claridge
Linebacker
UNLV
6'2" 254lbs 4.71
The Chiefs are still in need of players who can come in and contribute on special teams. With the departure of Monty Beisel to the Patriots, Fred Jones who has not re-signed, and Derrick Blaylock who deaprted to the Jets, Kansas City needs to fill a few holes on their return teams. Claridge is an athletic player who manned the middle linebacker spot in UNLV's 3/4 defense. He could be the perfect replacement for Beisel.

Jerome Mathis
Wide Receiver
Hampton
5'11" 185lbs 4.32
If the Chiefs are still looking for a wide receiver then Mathis might be their man. He'll be drafted in the 4th round and the Chiefs would be wise to draft the All-American track star turned wide receiver. His value has dropped since Hampton is not known for churning out great NFL players but his statistics are impressive nonetheless. As a senior, he caught 29 passes for 864 and nine touchdowns.

Anttaj Hawthorne
Defensive Tackle
Wisconsin
6'3" 321 4.92
Hawthorne tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine and as a result his stock has plummeted to day two of the NFL draft. Still with some NFL scouts believed that he would not see him fall this far. Without question Hawthorne is the best two gap defensive tackle in this years draft. Hawthorne would give Kansas City a major upgrade to the defensive tackle rotation and allow John Browning to move out to left defensive end.

Anthony Bryant
Defensive Tackle
Alabama
6'3" 337 4.97
Bryant is a massive run stuffing defensive tackle in the mold of Ted Washington. He wont get many quarterback pressures and he might not make many tackles but one thing he does do well is clog up the middle. He would be perfect playing nose tackle in a 3-4 defense but 4-3 defenses need guys like this as well.

Robert McCune
Middle Linebacker
Louisville
6'0" 245 4.50
McCune is one of the more impressive physical specimens I have seen play linebacker. He has the build of an old school linebacker like Pepper Johnson or Marvcus Patton. He has fantastic physical attributes when it comes to size, weight, strength, and speed but this 25- year old former National Guard member is just a tad raw with technique. If he has the chance to learn under the likes of Gunther Cunningham; who knows how good he could turn out to be.

Stefan LeFors
Quarterback
Louisville
6'0" 208 4.53
LeFors is a Rich Gannon clone. He is very accurate, very mobile, and posses that god-given, intangible ability to find a way to make something happen. The knock on LeFors is his height but if the Chiefs want a quarterback of the future they need to look no further than LeFors. He will be the Tom Brady of this draft.


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