One pick after the surprise Bucs, are the surprise Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs took advantage of a weak AFC West and won their first division title since 2003. The gamble on Tom Brady's backup seems to have paid off, as Matt Cassel gives them a constant at the position that they haven't had in years. Let's head to the podium-- wait... we are getting reports that the BTB executive board has stormed the Indianapolis Colts war room. While we sort out what's happening, let's head to the podium to see who our assigned GM picks for the Chiefs.
Selection: (OT) Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
Why the pick:
Kansas City is in a tough position as it comes on the clock. All the truly elite prospects at glaring positions of need are gone. The remaining WRs, ILBs, NT, and OLBs would be a reach. Some quality is left at OL but no true blue interior prospect is left and that is where the need is greatest. Seems a lot like the Cowboy's situations in the past, and just like the Cowboys of yesteryear they are dying to trade down. There are four real prospects of interest, Houston the OLB, Camiri the OT, Phil Taylor the NT, and Wisniewski the C.
This pick is made more out of fear IMO. As an up and coming team what they do not need is a bust and for that reason Camiri is the pick. He is the most solid and proven of these prospects and probably the only one among the 4 with a first round grade. KC loves to run the ball and thus their style plays to Camiri's strength. They know they will not be able to find another lineman anywhere close to his caliber later in the draft, and KC chooses to continue investing high picks into an OL that is slowly becoming more and more solid.
I know we can't trade picks in this exercise but I think it is important to mention again that KC would love to move. They may even love moving enough to consider trading a future pick. If a Quinn or a Julio Jones falls far enough they may mortgage the farm to get them. Most of all though, they are hoping for a trade down that allows them to take Taylor without so much attached risk.
Follow the jump for analysis and the Colts pick :
(Cal Sports Media via AP Images)
-- Drafttek.com ranked #24 Overall, #1 at the position (RT)
-- Wes Bunting, National Football Post: #12 Overall, #2 at the position
Impression: Isn't a guy who I would trust on the left side at this stage in the NFL, but he can win for you in the run game and looks more like a very solid right tackle prospect to me.
There are tackles in this draft that may be more athletic than Carimi, but this kid has outstanding intangibles and will be a very good pro. He's a good, but not great athlete and understands the game. He has great size to go along with very good strength and power. Plays with good bend and he can move his feet. Plays from both a 2-point and 3-point stance and shows good initial quickness. Comes off the ball with good pad level and can stay low. He is a very good run blocker who consistently looks to finish. He shows explosiveness and power on contact and if given the opportunity, will drive his opponent into the ground. In pass pro he sets quickly and has good mirror skills. Shows a strong punch and does a good job keeping his hands inside. Plays with bend and can anchor. There have been a few times where I have seen him get beat to the outside with speed, but he has the quickness to set wide and stop the speed rush. Overall, he has the tools to be a winning left tackle in the league. Depending on the team that drafts him, Carimi could start out at right tackle. Remember, people thought Rodger Saffold couldn't play left tackle and he had an outstanding rookie year.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #20 overall, #3 at the position
-- Scout.com ranked #15 overall, #2 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #19 overall, #3 at the position
I think the kid is a plug-and-play right tackle. Throw him in there and he's a starter on day one. And he's a starter for the next 10 years. He's got a little attitude and there's something tough about him. He's a good football player.
Pass blocking: Has the elite agility and nimble feet to protect the quarterback's blindside. Very difficult to turn the corner against because of his lateral movement and solid footwork. Also protects the inside lane well. Delivers a strong hand punch capable of knocking back an opponent, and is able to recoil and extend again. Uses his length to block his man with one hand and knock an edge blitzer off his path with the other. Quick to cut on bubble screens and reverses, though he could get more of his man's legs to be truly effective. Bends at the waist while engaged; usually holds on to prevent secondary rush but will also end up on the ground too often.
Run blocking: Known as an athletic pass protector, but is a strong blocker for the Badger run game. Has strong upper and lower body builds despite his height. Plays with leverage against stout defensive ends and tackles on the edge, can get under their pads and churn his legs to move them down or off the line. Effective combo blocker, gets a hand on a tackle and still manages to push ends out of the play on strong-side runs. Leans or bends at the waist to latch on at times, will get shed and lose his balance.
Pulling/trapping: Usually not asked to pull or trap from the outside, but down-blocks often and has the quickness and footwork to move behind the line. Gets his quick hands out in front to get a piece of inside defenders before moving to the MIKE linebacker. Can sustain blocks in space because of his length and nimble feet.
Initial Quickness: Elite first step in his kick slide and lateral movement, does not get beat off the edge very often. Also explodes off the ball on run plays, is capable of driving his man back a few yards. Defenders will take advantage of the quickness to take him upfield or knock him off balance, however.
Downfield: Excellent footwork and agility to get downfield. Reaches linebackers at the second level and defensive backs further downfield equally well. Knows the proper angle to cut off defenders from the ballcarrier. Good lateral movement once engaged, gives effort to sustain against smaller defenders. Tends to bend at the waist and punch instead of moving after initial contact.
Gabe Carimi vs Adrian Clayborn
Selection: (DT) Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
Drafttek Top Team Needs: 4-3 DT, 4-3 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OG, OC, OT
|Draft Pick||Team||2010 Record||Assigned GM||Team Needs||Selection|
|1||Carolina||(2-14)||Alexcomestokill||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, WR1, WR2, WR3, CB||AJ Green|
|2||Denver||(4-12)||Sean N||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT||Nick Fairley|
|3||Buffalo||(4-12)||BTB||Everything except RB and WR, Kitchen Sink||Marcel Dareus|
|4||Cincinatti||(4-12)||staubachfan||QB, 4-3 DT, WR, 4-3 DE, FS, 4-3 MLB, OG, OC||Patrick Peterson|
|5||Arizona||(5-11)||howboutdemcowboyz||QB, 3-4 OLB, CB, OG, LOT||Cam Newton|
|6||Cleveland||(5-11)||BlueEyedDevil||4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, WR, FS, CB||Robert Quinn|
|7||San Francisco||(6-10)||regaberto||3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, CB, OC, QB||Von Miller|
|8||Tennesee||(6-10)||accidentalinnuendo||QB, CB, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB||Da'Quan Bowers|
|9||Dallas||(6-10)||ChiaCrack||ROT, FS, OG, SS, CB, SILB, WILB, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB||Tyron Smith|
|10||Washington||(6-10)||Creasy729||QB,RB, WR, OG, OC, 3-4DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Blaine Gabbert|
|11||Houston||(6-10)||I am Ironman!||3-4 DE, 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Prince Amukamara|
|12||Minnesota||(6-10)||KJDH2154||QB, WR, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, LOT, OG,||Jake Locker|
|13||Detroit||(6-10)||DIRE WOLF||CB, 4-3 OLB, MLB, ROT, OG, WR||Anthony Castonzo|
|14||St. Louis||(7-9)||Squishmytomato||WR, 4-3 DR, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 DE, FS, CB, OG, OC, SS||Julio Jones|
|15||Miami||(7-9)||iCoach||QB, 3-4 OLB, SS, OC, OG, 3-4 MLB, RB, WR||Mark Ingram|
|16||Jacksonville||(8-8)||gogokroz||4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, CB, QB, WR, OG,||Aldon Smith|
|17||New England||(14-2)||fivetwos||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT||Cameron Jordan|
|18||San Diego||(9-7)||salas88||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OT||JJ Watt|
|19||NY Giants||(10-6)||Jeterian 2||C, RB, OT, 4-3 OLB, SS, CB||Mike Pouncey|
|20||Tampa Bay||(10-6)||Blustartatoo||4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, FS, CB, OG, LOT, 4-3 OLB, ROT, TE, OC, WR||Ryan Kerrigan|
|21||Kansas City||(10-6)||Becho||3-4 DT, WR, OC, ROT, 3-4 OLB, RB, 3-4 SLB,||Gabe Carimi|
|22||Indianapolis||(10-6)||BTB||4-3 DT, 4-3 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OG, OC, OT||Muhammad Wilkerson|