“Few teams would want the ‘reward’ bestowed the Chiefs, a team clearly in need of a young franchise quarterback in a year when there doesn’t appear to be one available atop the draft. And therein lies the irony of the 2013 draft — just a year after the NFL was astonished by a rookie class of quarterbacks, several teams desperately in need of one will have to weigh gambling or going with a safer prospect at other positions. The Chiefs, owners of the top pick for the first time in team history, are far from the only team in the top 10 facing a tough decision.”
Rob Rang, cbssports.com
GH: Rang is projecting that the Chiefs will draft Geno Smith, the former West Virginia quarterback, with their first overall draft pick. He has the Arizona Cardinals taking USC’s Matt Barkley with their seventh pick and the Buffalo Bills grabbing Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson with their eight pick. Three QBs to go in the top eight picks and then none the rest of the opening round. I think he’s close to having it perfect.
“I always believe you take your number-one quarterback on your board with your number-one pick. It is very unlikely that the Chiefs will be able to get the number-one quarterback on their board with any pick other than the number-one overall pick.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
“If there is a quarterback that you like best in this class then your best bet is to grab him and make him the face of your franchise.”
Rob Rang, of NFLDraftScout.com, on his advice to the Chiefs with their first overall draft pick, 810 AM
GH: I am not in agreement with this philosophy. Why reach for what’s very possibly not there?
“I don’t care [about the risks]. I still say draft a quarterback.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
“I would like to see [the Chiefs] go after Geno Smith [with their first overall pick]. … I thought [Rang] made perfect sense to me.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: I would take the big offensive tackle from Texas A&M, Luke Joeckel, to minimize picking a bust with the first overall pick. The quarterback class is just too iffy to reach this draft. I also like Oklahoma’s Landry Jones as maybe a third-round pick for the Chiefs. So what do I know?
“I will not
criticize the Chiefs one bit if they take Geno Smith number one overall.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: Nor will I. I would just prefer a stone-cold 10-year Pro Bowler with the Chiefs’ number-one overall pick in this draft. I think that’s Joeckel.
“I don’t think [the Chiefs] are going to trade for Kevin Kolb. Because Andy Reid in his heart of hearts, I don’t think he believes in him. You’re talking about a guy who gave up on [Kolb] one day into the season after anointing him.”
Bob Glauber, NFL insider for ESPN, in an interview with Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Alex Smith is who I would like to see the Chiefs pursue with abandon. He gets a bad rap from those who think he’s Harbaugh’s Frankenstein. But why can’t he take what he learned in San Francisco and build on it under Andy Reid?
“I know we’re all sick of the Har-bowl story. What I don’t know is why.”
Gregg Doyel, @GreggDoyelCBS, Twitter
GH: People tire of any angle of a story that has a two-week build up – especially when it’s not about their team. I am also far more excited to view the SB commercials than the actual game. Maybe this one will prove to be different but in the end, it’s still two teams I care very little about.
“You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on. That’s something that I’d like to see the NCAA think about. … Now, the problem is, if you talk to NFL players, they’re going to tell you, ‘That that’s the risk I take; this is the game I play.’ And I don’t know whether you can make football (be) football if there’s not some pretty significant risk factors.”
Barack Obama, The New Republic
GH: The discussion is now ongoing but solutions and compromises have been few. Is football too dangerous to play at the amateur level? I believe it is, but I also don’t want it to disappear from the high school and college scene. But my feelings are purely selfish. There really is no good reason to subject our youth to the risks of the sport.
“College [football] players are especially vulnerable, Obama told The New Republic, since they aren’t represented by unions or heavily compensated.”
Kevin Liptak, writer, CNN.com
GH: College universities are especially vulnerable as well – to lawsuits. This is what will eventually change the game of football at the high school and college level – huge and debilitating cash payouts to the victims and families of head injuries and worse. I think the time is quickly approaching when all of our mammoth college football stadiums are nothing more than decaying coliseums.
“I love it more than people.”
@HowardStern, professing his love for his iPad mini, Twitter
GH: Anybody else have the mini? Why go small when you can go bigger for another $200? What am I missing?
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24