Value over need: Chiefs need impact, not role player at No. 3
The trade for quarterback
A far tougher decision for Pioli is what to do with the third overall selection in this weekend's draft. Recent mocks have him selecting former LSU end
Jackson is more likely to break your heart.
That's not a knock against Jackson. He was a fine player in college and likely will be a solid pro. But there's nothing in his track record that indicates he will be an impact player. He had more than 4.5 sacks only once in four seasons with the Tigers, even while playing three years alongside 2008 first-round draft choice
With their switch to a 3-4 defense, the Chiefs need an end with the size, strength and toughness to hold his ground against the run and take on double teams so the linebackers can run unobstructed to the ball. The pickings for such a player are slim in this draft. Still, you want more than a "system fit" for the type of money you'll have to pay the third pick.
In a perfect world for the Chiefs, they would trade down, save money, add picks and still get Jackson at a more reasonable rate. That's not likely to happen, however, because teams are reluctant to trade up due to the picks they would have to surrender and the contract they would have to give an unproven player. It's a double whammy.
Pioli's predicament is reminiscent of what took place with the Jets last season, the Falcons in 2007 and the 49ers in 2005. Each of those teams was drafting in the top 10 and had a glaring need -- New York and Atlanta for pass rushers, San Francisco for a quarterback. There wasn't a consensus "can't miss" prospect at those positions when the clubs made their selections, but the teams allowed need and desperation to dictate their selections.
Ultimately each franchise got burned, at least to this point in the chosen players' careers.
Pioli comes from an organization in which big-money contracts were the exception rather than the rule. Before New England beat Philadelphia in Super Bowl XXXIX, coach
If there is a reason Pioli might be willing to overspend and take Jackson earlier than most people have Jackson going, it's history. Pioli and Belichick did not have a first-round draft choice their first season together, in 2000, but the following year, after finishing 5-11, they entered the draft with the sixth choice overall. They took Georgia tackle
Jackson isn't regarded as highly coming out of college as Seymour was, but he played in the same conference, has a similar build, and has Pioli believing he can be a longtime anchor on the defensive line. Perhaps he can, but the No. 3 pick should be a hammer, not an anchor -- unless that anchor happens to be an offensive tackle, which is also a need for the Chiefs.
Kansas City has only six wins over the past two seasons because the roster is filled with holes. Besides both lines, the Chiefs have a need at wide receiver and issues at linebacker, where projected starters Vrabel and
With the exception of one offensive tackle (who's expected to go to St. Louis at No. 2, after Detroit takes Georgia QB