ESPN’s Kansas City Chiefs reporter, Adam Teicher, looked back at the 2013 NFL Draft when the Chiefs had the number one overall pick and compared the Chiefs’ situation to what the Houston Texans are dealing with this year. The results? Great for the Texans. Not so much for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs were between a rock and a hard place last year. There wasn’t a quarterback worth the number one overall pick, so they decided to trade two second-round picks for veteran quarterback Alex Smith; the deal ended up working out for Kansas City, but it would have been nice if there was a franchise caliber quarterback at the top end of the draft.
In that respect, the Texans have a similar situation. There are many pundits that don’t believe there is a quarterback with the number one overall pick in this year’s draft. The difference between the two drafts is the quantity of top-level players this year. From Greg Robinson of Auburn to Sammy Watkins of Clemson and Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, there are franchise-level talents at positions all over the field that would have helped the Chiefs on the field immediately.
The Chiefs ended up taking Eric Fisher, an offensive tackle from Central Michigan, but where would he rank in this year’s draft? According to Mel Kiper of ESPN, he wouldn’t be a top three offensive tackle in this draft, much less a top three pick.
“It’s a completely different year than last year,’’ Kiper said. “He would have been the fourth offensive tackle taken, probably somewhere between eight and 15 (overall).’’
The Chiefs will have to accept their fate as the team with the number one overall pick one year too late and one year too early, depending on how you want to look at it. In 2012, they would have taken Andrew Luck, a franchise quarterback that will be a star for the Indianapolis Colts over the next 15 years. In this year’s draft, they could choose between Greg Robinson, Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins or one of the three quarterbacks being discussed for the number one pick – Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles. Either way, they would end up with a transcendent player.
In the end, the Chiefs are content with Eric Fisher. He’s a fine player. The Chiefs are hoping he will become a great one.