OTC: No More Mocks! Chiefs Draft Day Is Here / Will They Go WR, DB or Surprise Us?

“The Chiefs pick 23rd tonight (in the NFL draft).”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM
GH: You likely despise the build up for the NFL draft or you relish it like Z-Man used to relish a fresh mock draft. Remember those pre-Internet days on 1510 AM? Z-Man would roll out a new mock draft and then take calls from Bonner, MU Dog and Michael Wayne disputing the merits of Donnie Edwards, Reggie Tongue and the always undervalued Joe Horn.


Pete Rozelle at the 1965 NFL Draft

“The best player available.”
John Dorsey, on his draft philosophy carried over from his days in the Green Bay Packers organization
GH: This philosophy suggests that Dorsey will NOT draft for need but rather the player he deems to be the best player on the board. If true, this makes the Chiefs’ draft pick almost impossible to predict. I think the Chiefs grab a wide receiver at 23 but I like Adam Teicher’s pick of Ra’Shede Hageman, a DT out of Minnesota. This cat DESTROYED Nebraska’s offense last fall and just about every other Big Ten opponent he saw. I would be happy misspelling his name here in KC for the next ten years.

“He’s got freakish athletic ability.”
Mike Mayock, NFL draft analyst, on Hageman, mndaily.com
GH: Some mock drafts have the Patriots taking Hageman with the 29th pick. If he is there at 23 and Dorsey sticks to his best-player-available policy, do not be surprised if this Gopher becomes a Chief.

“It’s going to be an old-school vintage suit. You’re obviously going to have your eyes glued on the TV when my name gets called.”
Ra’Shede Hageman, saying he chose a suit to match his eye-popping play for Thursday night’s draft, mndaily.com

“I have my doubts whether this group (of Chiefs cornerbacks) is strong enough to compete week in and week out. The drop in (Brandon) Flowers’ play last season was troubling and could be a sign he isn’t a good fit in coordinator Bob Sutton’s defensive schemes, ones that require the cornerbacks to play a lot of press coverage. … Flowers had some dismal games in 2013, none worse than the torching he received against Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys early in the season, and then by the San Diego Chargers halfway through. In fairness to Flowers, he missed a couple of games early in the season because of a sore knee, and it might not have been right the rest of the way.”
Adam Teicher, ESPN.com
GH: The scorching that Indy’s Andrew Luck gave the Chiefs in the second half of their Wild Card playoff loss might still be fresh enough for the Chiefs to draft a corner.

“You know why the Chiefs have struggled for decades? Bad drafts. The franchise has struck out so many times.”
Nick Jacobs, @Jacobs71, Twitter
GH: There have been far too few Will Shields and Jamaal Charles. Dorsey’s first draft was anything but exciting. With only one pick in the first 86 picks this draft, Dorsey’s second draft could be another snoozer.

“I think John (Dorsey) would be much more comfortable with a seventh pick and even an eighth pick.”
Mitch Holthus, on the Chiefs having only six picks in this draft, 810 AM

“If we’re all sitting there (at One Arrowhead Drive) at 9:15 and the Chiefs trade down…well, just get ready for it because that may be part of the intrigue of the evening.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: Imagine buying a ticket to watch the draft with Mitch at Arrowhead, getting a buzz off $8 beers and then after three hours and four bathroom runs the Chiefs trade their first-round pick for a second and a fourth. Maybe they’ll hand out Dexter McCluster jerseys to those who stick around.

“Believe me – I’ve heard NOTHING inside the fort about trading players. Not Berry. Not Flowers.”
Mitch Holthus, 810 AM
GH: Mitch is so corny. The “fort?” The word alone reminds me of F Troop, an old-time TV comedy Mitch would not even have had to act to be cast as a character.

“The number-one top dinosaur; Chris Berman. Prepare to watch a lot of Chris Berman tonight.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM

“I won’t know what Chris Berman says because I won’t watch any of that crap. I’ll be watching the NFL Network.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Berman is younger than I am – which really makes me wonder about my cognitive state. Why does ESPN seem to have so much trouble letting go of these guys who have become caricatures of themselves?

“I honestly feel that I could fit into any system or position if given the right tools and instruction. I’ve always been confident. At every level, I’ve always excelled and I look forward to having the opportunity to prove that I can do so at the next level. This isn’t my first rodeo, it’s just a bigger stage.”
Kony Ealy, the former Missouri defensive end, when asked what makes him confident he will thrive in the NFL, Kansas City Star
GH: Some scouts are not as high on Ealy as he is on himself. Read on.

“He thinks he’s already an Aldon Smith-type player. Classic con man. I don’t trust this kid. He will be just a big pain in the (expletive). He’s one of those ‘let somebody else draft him’ guys.”
Unnamed NFL Scout #3, on the Missouri defensive end, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“There’s no outstanding traits about him other than he gives you some versatility in a bad (defensive-line) draft. He’s a mess. Somebody’s going to draft him because they need a defensive end and overdraft him.”
Unnamed NFL Scout #4, on the Missouri defensive end, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GH: He’s a mess? I hope Ealy is reading this and uses it as motivation. It will be interesting to see if the scouts are right about the kid from New Madrid, MO.

“I just want to be a part of something different. Why not change it up? … I’m going to try to carry my name as far as I can. I’ll have a new hit for you too. Stay tuned. It’s going to come.”
Jadeveon Clowney, explaining who he signed with Puma, ESPN.com
GH: Puma and adidas were the two big shoe companies when I was in high school. I was an adidas guy and my friend Larry was an avowed Puma guy. I didn’t even know Puma was still making shoes. Maybe the Nehru jacket is on the way back as well.

“Puma gave Jadeveon Clowney a $2,500 custom pair of snake skin shoes tonight “ Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter GH: Who doesn’t need a pair of those?

“Word’s spreading among media here (in Houston) that Manziel is going to Jacksonville at 3.”
John McClain, sports columnist for Houston Chronicle, @McClain_on_NFL, Twitter
GH: Clowney has let it be known he is confident that Houston will take him with the first overall pick. But can you imagine what it will do to the Houston fan base if the Texans take the home-state kid, Manziel?

“After months grinding, I can say Johnny Manziel is the most intriguing draft day question mark since Randy Moss. So many NFL teams engaged.”
Charles Robinson, @CharlesRobinson, NFL writer for YahooSports, Twitter
GH: I remember listening to Johnny Renshaw’s show the day Randy Moss kept dropping in the 1998 draft. The Marshall wide-receiver fell to the Vikings with the 21st pick. The Chiefs picked 27th that year and took Victor Riley, an offensive tackle out of Auburn. Yippee.

“We’re starting to hit our stride a little bit.”
Ned Yost, after the Royals won their second straight game in San Diego, 810 AM GH: Ned is easily impressed…unless you are asking him a question.

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33 Responses to OTC: No More Mocks! Chiefs Draft Day Is Here / Will They Go WR, DB or Surprise Us?

  1. Will says:

    “We’re starting to hit our stride a little bit.”
    Ned Yost, after the Royals won their second straight game in San Diego, 810 AM

    Doesn’t Neddy say this way into August after the Royals are out of the race every year?

    Hey Neddy, the season starts in April now…just so you know.

  2. Brummy says:

    Reggie Tongue…haven’t heard that name in a while.

    • JHawkScott says:

      He was my neighbor. Always seemed like a good dude — was good to the neighbor kids. He trashed his house, though, but at least my current neighbor that bought it got a good deal. 🙂 And that kept my house valuation down for property taxes, which was nice. 🙂 I wonder what he’s doing these days. . .I’ll have to look at the google.

    • Tim says:

      Greg, Michael Wayne’s ex wife (twice) used to be my boss. I’m not saying she was unpopular, but if our company would have opened an office in Tehran, every single employee that worked under her would have contributed to the fund to get her there.

  3. donkeypunch says:

    Does it really matter who the Chefs pick? He’ll suck regardless

    • BlackJack says:

      No, it really doesn’t. I’ll have to give one of my rare deferrals to Kevin Kietzman on his monologue: that the NFL draft is by far the most overhyped, overvalued offseason sporting event anywhere. Especially if you follow the Chiefs. I have not gone over every draft pick by the other teams, but is there any other team in the NFL that has had such little impact from their high draft choices in the past 15 years? OK, MAYBE Hali, MAYBE D.J. But even those guys are not stars, just good solid players. Nope, you can almost mark it up, that whoever the Chiefs take in the first couple of rounds is guaranteed to fall short of expectations, or they will be an offensive lineman.

  4. MightyMo says:

    An interesting crossroads. Never has a team needed an infusion of aggressive young talent like the Chiefs yet possessed such a depressing set of picks. Add that to the cap space issues, and I look for Reid/Dorsey to make some surprising cuts in he the next 12 months.

  5. Arte says:

    Wasn’t that Chris Berman who threw out the first pitch at the Royals-Padres games yesterday?

  6. Juan Pablo says:

    Don’t read or listen to and of the Mock drafts or any talk about it . It is all useless.
    Its a lot more fun to watch when you have no idea.

  7. Mike says:

    Honestly, I’m so burned out on draft-talk horseshit that I likely won’t even watch tonight. I’ll just scan twitter for updates while whipping up a batch of tacos for dinner, with the playoffs and baseball on TV.
    The NFL fucked up by moving the draft back. If they move it further, to the end of May, as rumored, they’ll just compound their fuckup.

    • BlackJack says:

      I cannot imagine a more group of arrogant, full of themselves, greedy ownership than the NFL owners.

      This is the same bunch where if something is a good thing (MNF, 1 Wildcard team, April Draft) then more must be even better (TNF, 2 WC teams, May Draft), and that wants to expand the NFL into Europe – are you kidding me? Between Rugby, soccer and cricket, Londoners could give a rip about American football.

      • Kyle R says:

        Though I hate the NFL’s greed too, the London team would probably be successful. It’s not about just Londoners; it’s about all of continental Europe too; that’s a big fanbase to draw from, as the regular season games the past few years have shown with their high attendance.

    • brett says:

      agree- by pushing the draft back, nfl is now competing with the nba conf semis instead of the opening round. i’ll take lebron v pierce over the draft tonight- twitter will keep me informed.

    • Tim says:

      The best pre draft comment I heard was from Payturd on 610. He “predicted” a 30 percent chance the Chiefs would trade pick #23. Mr. & Mrs. Payturd, thank you for not sending Payturd Jr. to medical school.

      • Doug Tucker says:

        Please excuse my ignorance but gotta ask: who is Payturd?

        • Tim says:

          Doug, when Jay Binkley was just a caller into sports shows he called himself “Paydirt”. Just a little adjustment to the name. BTW, I like to refer to his partner Henry Lake as Hank Creek.

  8. tiad says:

    “Imagine buying a ticket to watch the draft with Mitch at Arrowhead, getting a buzz off $8 beers….”

    You had me at $8 beers.

    • Tim says:

      Greg, are you saying that Uncle Mitch could have even remotely out-acted the one and only Cpl. Agarn (Larry Storch)? As Ozzie Guillen once said………psst, please!

  9. b12 says:

    @mike. Agreed. The draft is burned up by the time it gets here. Should still be early April.

    If the NFL really wants to make it fun, they should make GMs draw names from a hat, blindfolded, and only have the ability to trade one of the picks afterward.

    • PJ says:

      That is possibly the dumbest idea I have ever heard.

      • b12 says:

        Well yeah it’s dumb. I didn’t put the “I’m not really serious” tag on it.

        It was a poor attempt on my part at making fun of how big a shitshow and million dollar guessing game the draft is.

  10. Joe Blow says:

    The Z-Man Tom Zenk really cares that much about the NFL draft? I guess once Flyin’ Brian Pillman died, he had to find something else to do..

    • Tim says:

      I would actually tune into his 1250 show at times. It was almost painful to hear him keep repeating the phone number to call in. Eventually William from South KC would save him.

  11. Joe Blow says:

    Greg also spends three quotes talking about how awesome Hageman is, then three quotes showing how Ealy is way too full of himself and not as good as he thinks he is. Hard to figure where loyalties lie..

    • Brummy says:

      I wouldn’t get too excited because he well he played int he Big 10. From a scouting report on Hageman:

      “Failed to stand out at the Senior Bowl. Was among the most highly sought-after prospects at the event but was unable to win convincingly or consistently in one-on-one drills.”

  12. Harwood Benjamin says:

    I am interested in whom the Chiefs pick in the draft, but I am more than willing to wait until the team actually makes its picks. The mock draft s and predictions are all a waste of time–the Kipers and other pundits of that ilk are all about puffing up the event and promoting their own brand; their insight is rarely informed by accurate inside information. The people working for teams and responsible for making the selections are just as likely to lie about their intentions, so whatever they say publicly is pointless as well. The endless hours of ESPN air time devoted to this circle jerk is just as boring and tedious as CNN’s search for factual tidbits in the Malaysian air mystery. Both are Must-Turn-Off Television.

  13. chuck says:

    Saw Michael Wayne a couple of weeks ago, he is well.

    Chiefs take a WR in the first.

  14. Matt says:

    Greg, why no mention of the guy on the Border Patrol this morning who said he was pretty sure that crap about Ealy was completely fabricated to purposely drive his value down? Ealy is one of the most humble players in the game.

    Sometimes I question what you selectively put in your column here.

    • Jimminess says:

      Agreed. All you need to know about those comments is that they were from “unnamed scouts.” Watch this–“An unnamed scout told me Kony Ealy wears a necklace made out of kitten teeth.” See how that works?

  15. Ron says:

    Mitch Holtus is a goofball. First of all, the Chiefs obviously have an Indian theme. The Sioux Nation, the Cherokee Nation, etc. What does Mitch do? He starts calling the team the “Chiefs Kingdom.” Makes no sense. Now he’s talking about the “fort.” Shouldn’t it be a “castle.” He’s totally out of sync with his metaphors.

  16. Harry Balczak says:

    Chiefs Kingdom is a creepy phrase, and should be abolished from the Chiefs broadcast. It sounds like a leftover from the King Carl era, like Carl was the King and we are his subjects or something. Now especially with two seemingly small ego football guys in charge it really seems like an anachronism, as well as being exceptionally corny and forced. This is the same guy who tried to force the Centaur nickname on everyone. Cmon man..give up calling it the freaking kingdom…

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