That is reflected in the first of my three Chiefs Mock Drafts.
#9 (From Buffalo) T Anthony Davis (Rutgers)
The Chiefs move out of the fifth spot, where the Bills take Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. Though the Chiefs consider Bradford briefly, the opportunity to swap first round picks and acquire additional picks in rounds three and five makes this deal hard to pass up. After taking the best offensive lineman in this draft in Davis, the Chiefs start him at left tackle and move Branden Albert to right tackle. Davis, who tips the scales at 330 pounds and stands 6-foot-6, has Willie Roaf size and agility. However, he does need to be more focused from play to play.
#36 DT Terrence Cody (Alabama)
The Chiefs need a space eater in the middle of their 3-4 defense. After signing Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers to a long-term contract, the Chiefs need someone who can occupy opposing guards and centers. Though Cody will have to drop about 15 pounds from his current 6-foot-5 frame that weighs in at nearly 380 pounds, he should be KC's opening day starter at nose tackle. Cody's stock falls, but that's good fortune for the Chiefs.
#42 (From New England) WR Marshawn Gilyard (Cincinnati)
The Chiefs ship off unhappy wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for the 42nd pick, where they draft a lightning quick receiver who can also double up as a standout return man. Both are huge areas of need and getting rid of Bowe is a no-brainer for Scott Pioli, who tried to dump him a year ago.
Will the Chiefs take Mount Cody?
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#50 (from Atlanta) C Maurkice Pouncey (Florida)
The Chiefs trade Gonzalez and gain a centerpiece on the offensive line for the next decade. Pouncey is the best of this year's center class and at 6-foot-5 and nearly 315 pounds he won't get pushed around like Rudy Niswanger. This move allows the Chiefs to move Niswanger back to guard. Pouncey has the talent to be the starting center from day one and he'll bust open even bigger holes for running back Jamaal Charles. He'll also prevent pass rushers from penetrating the middle, giving quarterback Matt Cassel more time.
#63 (From Indianapolis) G Jon Asamoah (Illinois)
After demands for a new contract aren't met by the Chiefs, Brian Waters is shipped off to the Colts for a second rounder. The Chiefs gain a young guard in Asamoah who has tremendous size and bulk at 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds. Waters is coming off two terrible seasons and the Chiefs are wise to trade him for maximum value. With the Colts struggles in the Super Bowl and with the team making quarterback Peyton Manning the richest man in NFL history, they are wise to add a veteran who might be the difference in winning a championship in 2010.
#69 G Vladimir Ducasse (Umass)
Back to back picks at guard indicates the Chiefs are revamping their entire offensive line in short order. With the addition of Ducasse, he fills out the 2010 starting lineup. With Davis at left tackle, Asamoah at left guard, Pouncey at center, Albert at right tackle and Ducasse at right guard, the Chiefs have a trio of solid backups in Niswanger, Wade Smith and Ryan O'Callahan. Ducasse is another sky scraper standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 305 pounds. The Patriots built their offensive line the same way and with Charlie Weis in town, he wastes no time in copying that formula. Who says Rome wasn't built in a day?
#73 (From Buffalo) RB Anthony Dixon (Mississippi State)
The Chiefs need some bulk behind Charles and at 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Dixon is the perfect complement. Though Charles became a good inside runner as the season went on, having Dixon as a backup and contributing in short yardage situations won't hurt a bit. The Chiefs need to limit Charles' touches to keep him fresh for the entire season and with Dixon spelling him, neither back will disappoint.
#101 (From Detroit) WR Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech)
The Chiefs move defensive end Glenn Dorsey to make this pick, and reunite him with Gunther Cunningham in Detroit. Though the Chiefs try to pry a second or third-round pick out of the Lions, Thomas slides into the fourth round and Kansas City doesn't pass. He's the sleeper pick of the draft, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 229 pounds, making everyone forget about Bowe. Assuming the Chiefs sign Julius Peppers, as some believe they will, and assuming that Chris Chambers receives a new deal from the Chiefs, both of these moves make sense. The Chiefs dump Dorsey's enormous contract and pick up a starter in the fourth round.
Will Stuckey kill quarterbacks in KC?
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After a solid workout at the NFL Combine, this hard-hitting local kid from Lawrence gets a shot to play for his hometown team. The Chiefs are thin at safety, with Jarrad Page still in limbo for 2010. They have two aging veterans in Mike Brown and Jon McGraw but the secondary needs more speed. Stuckey fits the bill. Even though he's only 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, he makes plays. He was the Jayhawks' best defensive player the last two seasons and he's a perfect fit for new defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas to mold into a starter in 2010.
#110 (From Jacksonville) CB Perrish Cox (Oklahoma State)
The Chiefs move backup quarterback Brodie Croyle, but he is expendable after Scott Pioli acquires Brady Quinn from Cleveland for a fifth-round pick in 2011. In Cox, the Chiefs get a solid young cornerback who can grow into a backup role playing behind Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr. He has good size at 6-foot-1 and enough skill to be better than 2009 fourth-round pick Donald Washington.
#138 WR Riley Cooper (Florida)
You can't pass up this kind of talent in the fifth round and Cooper is a fine receiver who gives the Chiefs another option in tandem with Gilyard and Thomas. The Chiefs suddenly have a young and versatile group of receivers who can all grow up together. Cooper falls this far because of his quarterback, Tim Tebow. For a pick this late in the draft Cooper is the best player on the board and the Chiefs continue the trend of upgrading their offensive line and receivers.
#142 (From Buffalo) DT Linval Joseph (East Carolina)
In the last of three picks acquired from the Bills the Chiefs add Terrence Cody's backup. Joseph needs to add some bulk to his 6-foot-6, 325-pound frame, but he'll be a decent backup and the Chiefs find themselves with two young defensive tackles to develop.
#144 LB AJ Edds (Iowa)
Though Tamba Hali emerged as KC's best linebacker in 2009, more depth is needed and probably a replacement for Mike Vrabel. Edds has workmanlike skills and comes from a solid program at Iowa. He may not start, but depending on what happens with linebacker Derrick Johnson, he could be key depth, especially with Jovan Belcher and Andy Studebaker showing great strides last year.
#150 (From Miami) T Adam Ulatoski (Texas)
The farm kid with 6-foot-8, 305-pound size is reminiscent of John Alt. He'll need to bulk up some but offers more depth for an offensive line that has been rebuilt in just two days. Even so, at this point he's better than Barry Richardson or anyone else the Chiefs have as a backup at this point.
#193 (From New England) QB Mike Kafka - Northwestern
The Chiefs give up on 2008 third-round pick DaJuan Morgan, shipping him off to the Patriots in exchange for this pick. With Croyle off to Jacksonville and Quinn in hand, the Chiefs desire Kafka solely because Charlie Weis wants him. He's tough as nails and is a better option over Matt Gutierrez, KC's current clipboard holder.