|1||27(27)||Larry Johnson||HB||Penn St.|
|2||15(47)||Kawika Mitchell||ILB||South Florida|
|4||16(113)||Brett Williams||OT||Florida St.|
|5||18(153)||Jordan Black||OT||Notre Dame|
|7||16(230)||Montique Sharpe||DT||Wake Forest|
|7||38(252)||Willie Pile||S||Virginia Tech|
After losing out on McDougle, Kansas City slid down 11 slots, picked up
additional choices then to everyone's surprise, selected Larry Johnson. While we
feel Johnson was good value late in the first, and can be an effective feature
runner in the NFL, why the Chiefs took him is still a mystery to many. They say
he is needed security in case Priest Holmes injured hip does not heal and also
offers flexibility when it is contract time for their Pro Bowl runner. Yet
several highly rated prospects were available and could have offered Kansas City
immediate help. Sources also told us that coach Dick Vermeil was ready to take
Johnson with the 16th pick but was talked into trading down.
Kawika Mitchell had been flying up draft boards ever since the combine and
went from a fringe first day pick into the middle of round two. Mitchell offers
an injection of impact to an aging Kansas City linebacking core that is being
Julian Battle was good value in round three as was Brett Williams the
following frame. We feel Battle is better off at free safety, facing the passer,
rather than out at cornerback. That said, he has a chance as a press cover
corner. Williams was always a terrific college player and has the versatility to
be used at any of four blocking positions. He will be able to learn from a few
savvy veterans and could eventually move into the starting line-up as age is
creeping up on the likes of Willie Roaf and Will Shields.
Likewise, Jordan Black was a solid pick in the fifth frame. Another blocker
with versatility, Black can play either guard or tackle on the strong side and
offers inexpensive depth.
Jimmy Wilkerson was selected where he deserved to be after making the poor
decision of leaving college early. He is a great athlete that flashes the
ability to be a good football player but needs a lot more consistency and
physical maturation. Wilkerson could be headed to the practice squad.
With two picks in the final frame, the team went defense. Montique Sharp is
best on the nose and will have a hard time making it while Willie Pile played
much better as a senior then he worked out in the post-season. We would
not be surprised at all to see the strong safety make it as a back-up and
special teams player.
The Chiefs signed several interesting free agents. Mike Pinkard is an
excellent compliment for Tony Gonzalez and could be the team's second tight
end. LaShuan Ward could be a return specialist eventually switched to
cornerback and surprisingly enough the team will use Tank Reese at fullback.
Analysis: Most will focus and rate this draft on the choosing of Larry
Johnson but the organization selected quality players that will offer immediate
impact from round two through the final frame. All but a single player could end
up making the active roster.