Friday, January 10, 2014
2008 do-over shows strong draft for Chiefs
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For those of you with ESPN Insider access, Mel Kiper Jr. has an interesting look at the 2008 draft, and how it would have gone if we knew how things would turn out with the players available that year.
Remember that 2008 is the year the Kansas City Chiefs amassed many extra draft picks, including two in the first round, and cleaned up. They drafted among others Branden Albert, Brandon Flowers, Jamaal Charles and Brandon Carr that year.
The Chiefs had the fifth and, after trading up a couple of spots, 15th selections in the first round. Kiper Jr. gives the Chiefs offensive tackle Jake Long of Michigan with the fifth pick. Long was selected No. 1 overall that year by the Miami Dolphins.
So with no need for Albert, chosen by the Chiefs in 2008 with that 15th overall pick, Kiper Jr. gives them Central Florida guard Josh Sitton, originally picked by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round.
To show what a strong draft the Chiefs had in 2008, Kiper has four players selected that year by the Chiefs going in the first round. He has Albert going 28th in the first round to the Seattle Seahawks, Carr 24th to the Tennessee Titans, Flowers 21st to the Atlanta Falcons and Charles 12th to the, sorry, Denver Broncos. Imagine that one, if the Chiefs had been playing against Charles twice each season all these years.
The Chiefs that year took Albert in the first round, Flowers in the second, Charles in the third and Carr in the fifth.
Interestingly, the Chiefs took defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey with the fifth pick that year. Dorsey left the Chiefs last year as a free agent for the San Francisco 49ers.
In Kiper’s 2008 redo, Dorsey isn’t among the 32 players chosen in the first round.