OK, so I'm an old dude and been a draft junky for waaaaay too long.
i have one prediction --- get ready to be confused by guys drafted. You know when people talk about how they think they lived previous lives ---- and ALL of the people they were in previous lives were famous, or rich, or powerful people we all remember? they're never "Joe, the blacksmith that no one ever heard of?"
well, the draft is kind of like that. We've all memorized the draft lists from the pundits. we know who we want.
But every year, once the first round is over, the picks start looking weird. they have names of guys who we THOUGHT were ranked really low, or lower than that.
Take Ballard. last year in Kansas City, they're choices were:
Round 2, Pick 6 (37) (From 49ers)
Pick Analysis: "Keep in mind, Dontari Poe is in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. They just re-signed Jay Howard. Smith has a lot of upside and potential, but is inconsistent, both with technique and motor. Coach Andy Reid is going to have to get it out of him." -- Mike Mayock
Round 3, Pick 11 (74) (From Buccaneers)
Pick Analysis: "He was a corner at Notre Dame, but a lot of teams have evaluated him as a safety. He played the entire 2015 season with a fracture, and missed the entire 2014 season with an academic issue that would have been a one-game suspension at most other schools." -- Mike Mayock
Round 4, Pick 7 (105) (From 49ers)
Pick Analysis: The Chiefs could use some competition in their interior. Ehinger was a 3-year starter at tackle but he likely gets moved inside at this level. He'll add some versatility to a unit that has allowed the 5th most sacks since 2014. -Mark Dulgerian
Round 4, Pick 8 (106) (From Buccaneers through Bears)
Pick Analysis: Kansas City lost some key players in their secondary so going CB right after addressing their offense makes sense. DC Bob Sutton will value his aggressiveness in his press-man scheme but Murray likely earns a role as a subpackage corner early on. -Mark Dulgerian
Round 4, Pick 28 (126)
Pick Analysis: If the offseason is any indication, the Chiefs are looking to graduate from their dink-and-dunk offense they sported last year. Robinson is the latest indicator, as he provides Alex Smith with a speedy field-stretcher. There's plenty of untapped potential here. --Mark Dulgerian
Round 5, Pick 25 (162) (From Seahawks)
Pick Analysis: The Chiefs lost one of the best back up QBs in the NFL to free agency, so that spot is open for business. Similar to Chase Daniel coming out, Hogan led a big program to a ton of wins and he can lead a locker room from day 1. Hogan is limited as a passer, but he's comfortable managing and making plays in a pro style system. --Mark Dulgerian
Round 5, Pick 28 (165)
Pick Analysis: The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is a track star with big time explosiveness but only average football instincts. He can be an instant surge for their return game but has a ways to go as an NFL receiver. --Mark Dulgerian
Round 6, Pick 3 (178) (From 49ers through Cowboys)
Pick Analysis: White lacks some baseline traits to ever compete for significant play time but he's a smart player who needs to earn his keep on special teams. --Mark Dulgerian
Round 6, Pick 28 (203)
We all knew Jones, Russell (Who they ended up waiving) and Nicolas. We all know Hill now because he had a great year; but he wasn't even on a lot of draft boards ...
the others? all MEH picks.
just sayin, be prepared at the end of the day Saturday to be miffed, bewildered and surprised!
all we can hope for is to hit in the first round ---- Polian was great at this ---- and hope to find nuggets like Hill in the bewilderment!