- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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Andy Reid recently provided a peek behind the iron curtain used by the Kansas City Chiefs to cloak their draft preparations.
He left no doubt about who's in charge of the draft, and it's not him.
"He's doing the majority of this thing," Reid said of general manager John Dorsey. "It's his deal and he does a great job at it.”
That's a good thing for the Chiefs. The head coach has enough to do without running a draft, though some like the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick have been successful at it.
"That's where you have to be careful in this position," Reid said. "You watch four games on a guy whereas John has watched every game on a guy. I'm not the expert on these players, but it gives me a general feeling of the guy. But I'm definitely not near the expert that he is on those players.”
The teams that draft the best generally have the general manager or personnel director running the show. That's how it is with the Chiefs.
"John is relentless," Reid said. "He is going to grind, grind, grind and I will put him up against anybody in that area. He makes sure every stone has been turned. He does a good job with that.”
It's Dorsey's call, but Reid has plenty of input.
"John will give X numbers of players to each coach on the staff to get their evaluation back," Reid said. "I'll have an opportunity to watch all of the guys at whatever pace I choose to watch it at. John keeps me abreast of it before I watch the players of what I am looking at and getting into."
The result is that Reid's fingerprints are visible on many of the Chiefs' draft picks, including De'Anthony Thomas, Travis Kelce and Aaron Murray. Thomas is fast and in theory at least gives Reid a multi-purpose skill player who can move around in the formation and be a matchup problem for the opponents. Kelce is a 260-pound tight end with the receiving skills of a wideout. Murray is the quarterback with skills who seem to fit in Reid's version of the West Coast offense.
The Chiefs have 10 picks this year, or three fewer than the total they've had in two drafts under Dorsey. They need to do a better job this year.
Kelce has been the only player among those 13 who has had a big impact. Thomas and Knile Davis have done a nice job as the punt and kickoff returners. Eric Fisher has started at offensive tackle but not been worthy of the No. 1 overall pick, as he was two years ago.