Mock Goodell strides to the podium to announce the twentieth mock pick. He is briefly interrupted by three mock lawyers, who whisper something into his mock ear about a mock lawsuit having been recently filed concerning the recent mock mock promise to previous mock picks about mock cookies in the mock Radio City Hall's back alley.
While briefly concerned about how he will proceed to lockout the rest of the mock draft picks, he then continues on his way to the podium. "And with the twentieth pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select... Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa!"
That's right- it looks like the Bucs will be solving their key weakness, and that's the lack of a significant pass rush. Running a 4-3 scheme meant that it was probably going to be a DE over an OLB, and considering their division includes the likes of Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Jimmy Clausen (snicker snicker), it makes sense that they would want to increase the pressure on those guys in order to become legitimate contenders. It's also worth noting that Tampa's lone Super Bowl win came thanks to such an epic defense that their QB situation didn't even matter. (It also didn't hurt that the Raider's QB, Rich Gannon, decided to suck it up for that one particular game... it's not like it was an important one, after all. Oh, and that Tampa's head coach had, you know, coached their opponents just the season before.)
So now we move onto pick #21, the beginning of those who made it to the playoffs. This pick belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs, who while making quite an impressive jump in their division (and a division that shouldn't be underestimated- while the Broncos were, well, the Broncos, let's keep in mind they had to contend with the Chargers and a resurging Raiders), were still a one-and-out playoff team. What will the Chiefs do in the draft to secure their spot atop the AFC West, and what will they need to make deeper playoff runs in the future?
I'm guessing that while Matt Cassel at times doesn't live up to the high hopes he brought with him to KC, they won't exactly be looking to replace him anytime soon. So what will they do for their offense? I'm thinking get a solid WR for Cassel to throw to, a go-to guy he can count on. Of course, you could argue the same thing for TE- basically, to help make up for Cassel's occasional erratic play on offense, you'll want a great receiver who can make him look good (a la Randy Moss during Cassel's big year in NE). The reason why I put WR over TE is because, in my opinion, your options at TE for this draft just aren't too great.
But that's my opinion, and I am but one vote in game of DN mock draft. Vote away, my faithful Viking brethren, and let's see who the Chiefs will be going with!
- - , quarterback, Auburn
- - , cornerback, LSU
- - , defensive tackle, Alabama
- - , quarterback, Missouri
- - , linebacker, Texas A&M
- - , wide receiver, Georgia
- - , cornerback, Nebraska
- - , defensive tackle, Auburn
- - , offensive tackle, USC
- - , wide receiver, Alabama
- - , defensive end, Clemson
- - , quarterback, Washington
- - , defensive end, North Carolina
- - , defensive end, California
- - , running back, Alabama
- - , defensive end, Wisconsin
- - , defensive end/outside linebacker, Missouri
- San Diego Chargers - Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end, Purdue
- New York Giants - Mike Pouncey, offensive guard, Florida
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Adrian Clayborn, defensive end, Iowa