The 18th pick belongs to Big Red and the Kansas City Chiefs coming off a 2014 season in which they missed the playoffs. The Chiefs were forced to cut long time wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to make room for the eventual signing for former Eagles wideout Jeremy Maclin. Andy certainly got the better end of the deal here trading off Bowe for Maclin who instantly becomes the number one receiver on the roster by a far stretch. Tight end Anthony Fasano was also released along with Donnie Avery. Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs was acquired from the Saints for a 5th round pick to help stabilize the line after the loss of center Rodney Hudson to Oakland. Jamal Charles and Knile Davis are a great one two punch coming out of the backfield for KC. Swinging to the defensive side of the ball, All Pro pass rusher Justin Houston was franchised by the team earning him upwards of $13 million this season. It remains to be seen if a long term deal can be worked out between the sides with last year’s first round pick Dee Ford waiting in the wings. Derrick Johnson will be returning from an Achilles tear in 2014 in the hopes of regaining his previous Pro Bowl form at inside linebacker. Eric Berry will likely be out for the season after being diagnosed with lymphoma last year. He is the heartbeat of the defense so replacing him will be almost impossible. Tyvon Branch was signed from the Raiders to provide depth and Ron Parker was resigned as well. The Chiefs wide receivers recorded zero touchdowns as a group last year which is unheard of in this day and age. The signing of Maclin should definitely help out Alex Smith along with tight end Travis Kelce coming on strong. With the 18th pick in the 2015 Birds Scoop Mock Draft the Kansas City Chiefs select…
Dorial Green-Beckham- Wide Receiver (Missouri/Oklahoma)
DGB is one of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s class. He has a very raw, yet imposing physical specimen that has clear skills to play the position. He was booted from the Missouri program after two years surrounding after a police investigation for burglary and assault. Green-Beckham transferred to Oklahoma but was unable to play in 2014 due to the transfer rules that we all love so much in the NCAA. He has great speed to go along with his 6’5 230 pound frame. He has a knack for being able to make spectacular catches and snatch the ball out of the air probably better than any other receiver prospect. The downside on DGB obviously starts with his off the field issues which are always huge red flags for NFL franchises possibly spending millions of dollars on first round picks. Green-Beckham has also been criticized for his poor route running and some scouts saying he can only really run two routes. The slant route is awful according to experts. As imposing as Green-Beckham may look he does struggle with physical style cornerbacks as well which there are plenty of in the NFL especially when the book is out on a player. We all know Andy’s history of brining in guys with troubled pasts and trying to resurrect their careers. In this instance it would be a young man not yet in the league that Reid would look to take under his wing. It also coincidentally is a major need for the Chiefs even after the signing of Maclin in March.
Impact on the Eagles
DGB going off the board at 18 would be another domino to fall before the Eagles selection at pick 20. I don’t think Chip or the brass, mainly Chip, ever had any interest in Green-Beckham despite his size mainly due to his downfalls and off the field concerns. The Chiefs could also have a need for cornerback and by passing on that position would leave the same players available at 20 theoretically. Andy took one of our players in the offseason, but I don’t believe he will snake another potential Eagle this time around.
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