Warpaint Roundtable – Offseason Edition IV

This week we talk draft trades, kickoffs, cornerbacks, Chan Gailey and Dwayne Bowe.

What sort of season do you expect out of Dwayne Bowe next year?

Nick Athan: I think he'll certainly get 1,000 receiving yards and at least eight touchdowns. He's a superstar and if Brodie Croyle gets time in the pocket, Bowe will be the biggest benefactor. The thing I like about Bowe is that he talks the talk and walks the walk. His swagger is contagious, and he wants the ball in crunch time. He's cut from the same cloth as Terrell Owens and Randy Moss. Long-term he could be as productive as each of them have been to this point.

Michael Ash: I expect a great season. Numerous times last year, Bowe showed the ability to turn short routes into huge gains. Getting the ball to him in space should be one of Gailey's main objectives in calling the offense.

C.E. Wendler: I don't want to say too much, because this is the topic of a future column, but Bowe flat disappeared from several games last season. If he's more consistent in 2008, he'll improve his rookie numbers for sure. However, if everything goes the way the Chiefs plan on offense, they probably won't be throwing the ball as much as they did last season, when they were frequently trailing by multiple scores. That would deflate Bowe's stats somewhat.

Why don't the Chiefs teach Dustin Colquitt to kick off? He has a stronger leg than any kicker we will get. If Mike Vanderjagt is signed, Colquitt could be an option since Vanderjagt isn't the best on kickoffs.

Colquitt can shape the football as he sees fit. He is the one. But can he kickoff?
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Nick Athan: I asked Colquitt that very question and we're going to talk about that in our next Coffin Corner blog. Dustin told me he could do it and has done it before at Tennessee. In fact, he believes if the Chiefs retain veteran John Carney as I expect, he'll handle the kick-off duties in the second half of the season when the weather gets colder.

Michael Ash: Colquitt did some kicking off in college, so I'm sure the team knows he's capable if they go with a kicker who doesn't get much distance. But as often as he had to punt last year, adding to his workload might wear the poor guy out.

C.E. Wendler: It's rare in the NFL these days to see a punter kicking off. Last season, only two punters drew regular kickoff duties – Todd Sauerbrun and Michael Koenen. The Chiefs surely have their eye on Taylor Mehlhaff in the draft, however, so in the event they grab him, that would settle that issue. Mehlhaff is known for booming kickoffs.

One drafting service has Denver trading picks and selecting Dorsey while the Chiefs get Denver's first-rounder and an extra third. How likely is that trade scenario?

Nick Athan: Carl Peterson nixed a deal in September that would have sent safety Greg Wesley to Denver for a fourth-round draft pick, so there isn't any scenario in my opinion that would lead the Chiefs to trade within the division this April. Imagine if they did and Dorsey knocked Brodie Croyle out for the season later this year - can you imagine the uproar?

Michael Ash: This is about as likely as Ryan Sims making the Pro Bowl next year. To highlight one of many problems with that scenario, the trade value is completely skewed. It would take a lot more than a third-round pick for Denver to move up to the fifth spot in the draft.

C.E. Wendler: First of all, the Broncos are hot in pursuit of Jets defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson. There have been trade rumors circulating on that front for months now, and reportedly Denver already has a contract worked out with Robertson. I can't see Denver blowing three or more draft picks to grab two defensive tackles in one offseason, especially when they're already high on Marcus Thomas, last year's fourth-round pick. And second, when was the last time two teams within the AFC West struck a trade? I certainly can't recall such an event.

Do you think Chan Gailey's offense will continue to utilize Tony Gonzalez extensively? I know our offense can't forget someone like Gonzalez, but I'd hate to see his numbers decline.

Will Gonzalez's dominance continue under Gailey?
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Nick Athan: Gailey will use Gonzalez more in the Red Zone. He knows the strength of Tony's game is getting first downs, but if this offense is going to be more productive scoring points, the red zone is important. You're going to see plenty of two tight end sets with Michael Allan. I think he could have a solid year for the Chiefs - I really like the way he catches the ball.

Michael Ash: It's been said many times that Gailey will base his offense around KC's players, not make the players fit into a pre-existing offensive scheme. Knowing that, I would expect Gonzalez to be utilized quite a bit.

C.E. Wendler: If you look at Gailey's history, tight ends haven't historically been the weapon of choice in any of his offenses, whether it was in Pittsburgh, Dallas or Miami. It's worth noting, however, that when you're given chess pieces like Mark Bruener, Eric Bjornson, David LaFleur and Hunter Goodwin, you're not going to be checkmating many opponents in the passing game. Given Tony Gonzalez, you can beat the NFL equivalent of Bobby Fischer as many times as you please.

I have heard the Chiefs are looking at Aqib Talib and Leodis McKelvin, both top cornerback prospects. Do you think they are seriously considering taking a cornerback with their first pick, either with or with out a trade, or is this just more due diligence?

Nick Athan: The Chiefs might be the benefactor of Talib dropping into the top of the second round. With the recent news that he would have failed a drug test at Kansas a couple of years ago, some teams are backing off. I, however, think he's going to be a great pro and he appears to be sliding for no reason. The drug stuff isn't new. It's been known for over a year and most NFL teams have had discussions with him.

Michael Ash: It's just due diligence. There's no doubt the Chiefs need corners, but a team that runs a Cover 2 defense doesn't need to use a first-rounder on one. The depth at the position is strong, so they should be able to find some solid players in the later rounds.

C.E. Wendler: Fun fact – Herm Edwards has never spent a first-round pick on a cornerback through seven NFL drafts. The best corner Edwards ever found, however, was picked in the second round (Justin Miller). I think you'll see the Chiefs take a long, hard look at corners in the second and third round this year, but not before.

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