Chiefs Come Back For Seconds
By Jordan Smith
The ongoing Branden Albert to the Dolphins rumors continue. A trade looks likely to be completed before day two, and if that happens the Chiefs will likely either come away with the 52nd or even the 41st overall pick in the draft. The Chiefs also have two picks available in the third round (though only one is tradeable, the other is a compensatory pick). That opens the possibility the Chiefs could trade back into round two and look for another contributor.
Here are some of the possibilities.
Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
Alonso's draft stock was in shambles two years ago after two alcohol related incidents and tearing his ACL. The medical and character questions are a big concern, but Alonso has flashed big-time talent. The Chiefs sent virtually everyone to Oregon's Pro Day so they have a good idea of what kind of player they're dealing with. Alonso is a versatile and aggressive linebacker. He's can drop into coverage on running backs in the flat, and rush the passer from the inside spot in the Chiefs 3-4 defense. The Chiefs don't have a lot of glaring needs, but the inside backer spot next to Derrick Johnson has been an issue for years. The Chiefs want to get much more aggressive on defense, and Alonso affords them that ability. He was named MVP of the Rose Bowl in last years college season.
Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
New GM John Dorsey is a big school kind of guy, but he might make an exception if he can nab Armstead in the second round. The Chiefs just seem to want to get rid of their tackles, cutting Eric Winston in the offseason and now likely trading away Branden Albert. That leaves Eric Fischer and last year's third round pick Donald Stephenson as the most readily available on the roster. Armstead is a special athlete. He's been mentioned as a possible tight end or defensive end as well as his current position of tackle. He's athletic enough to play the left side (though he needs to be refined). Armstead dominates at the second level, which is something of a necessity in the Chiefs zone running scheme.
Robert Woods, WR, USC
The Chiefs lack severe needs, but enter the 2013 season with a lot of question marks at WR outside of Dwayne Bowe. If the Chiefs feel that Jonathan Baldwin, Dexter McCluster or Devon Wylie can step up as a consistent No. 2 threat then Robert Woods becomes very interesting pick in the second. Woods is a polished route runner that displays excellent body control and good hands. He lacks top end speed, and might struggle to obtain separation at the next level, but some of those fears should be alleviated by his technical savvy. A lot of his appeal also comes in his versatility to return punts, play inside or out, and fit into just about any system.
Margus Hunt, DL, SMU
The Chiefs signed Mike DeVito in the offseason, and still have Tyson Jackson as an every-down starter, but the Chiefs have a lot of question marks about how they're going to get pressure from the 3-4 ends. Hunt is raw, but he shows the kind of rare explosion a team can get from a 3-4 end. Hunt stands at a terrifying 6-8 and 280 pounds. He can bull rush offensive linemen, but he still needs work on his pass rushing moves. Hunt is an older player (turns 26 in July) but at his best he looks a lot like Justin Smith. That kind of upside is rare, and may be worth the gamble for the Chiefs.