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|2008 NFL Draft - Kansas City Chiefs|
|2||4||35||Brandon Flowers||CB||Jr||Virginia Tech|
|3||19||82||DaJuan Morgan||S||Jr||North Carolina State|
|5||5||140||Brandon Carr||CB||Sr||Grand Valley State|
|6||16||182||Kevin Robinson||WR||Sr||Utah State|
2007 RECORD: 4-12
LAST SEASON: Had the worst year and weakest offense of any Chiefs team in almost 30 years, finishing on a nine-game losing streak that was a franchise record for a non-strike year. Running back Larry Johnson missed most of the season with a foot injury, the offensive line was a mess and owner Clark Hunt promised to make the Chiefs his No. 1 priority. Mike Solari was fired as offensive coordinator and replaced by one-time Cowboys head coach Chan Gailey.
THEY NEED: A whole lot. The Chiefs must have at least three new starters on the offensive line, replacements for two aging cornerbacks and at least one safety. A starting wide receiver is another big need, and age is also creeping up on two of three starting linebackers. In addition, third-year quarterback Brodie Croyle played poorly in his first opportunity to start last year, but never had much chance with no line or running game.
THEY DON'T NEED: Even one slight misjudgment on draft day. Coach Herm Edwards owns the overall No. 5 pick and is looking for as many as seven instant starters. If Johnson is healthy and regains his old form, Chiefs are OK at running back. Tight end Tony Gonzalez seems never to slow down. But he is in his early 30s and probably can see the end of a brilliant career.
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: Ryan.
OUTLOOK: Chiefs are looking at one of the most crucial drafts in team history because there are needs everywhere. Blow this draft and Edwards is likely to turn over a very bad team in two or three years to another coach.
|New York Life Protection Index Analysis|
|Kansas City Chiefs|
|Season||Rank||Protection Index||Previous Protection Index||Change||Offensive Linemen Drafted|
|2010||25||52.2||47.2||5.0||Jon Asamoah (G) - Illinois|
|2008||15||64.9||48.5||16.4||Branden Albert (T) - Virginia, Barry Richardson (T) - Clemson|
|2007||28||48.5||53.6||-5.1||Herb Taylor (T) - TCU|
|2005||15||55.1||70.2||-15.1||Will Svitek (T) - Stanford|
|2004||3||70.2||69.0||1.2||Kevin Sampson (T) - Syracuse|
|2000||4||67.7||58.8||8.9||Darnell Alford (G) - Boston College|
|1999||6t||58.8||53.9||4.9||John Tait (T) - Brigham Young|
|1998||11||53.9||56.3||-2.4||Victor Riley (T) - Auburn|
|1997||10||56.3||47.0||9.3||Nathan Parks (G) - Stanford|
|1996||20||47.0||66.2||-19.2||Jeff Smith (C) - Tennessee|
|1995||9t||66.2||68.7||-2.5||Trezelle Jenkins (T) - Michigan|
|1993||15||56.0||N/A||N/A||Will Shields (G) - Nebraska|