Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey is now in his second year in charge of his own personnel department. Thursday night’s pick of DE/OLB Dee Ford the 1st round, combined with his offseason moves last winter, reveals a few patterns in his thinking when it comes to building a team.
1) John Dorsey is a guy that NEVER wants to get backed into a contract corner
Last season, Dorsey took Eric Fisher in the first round, even though the team he had seemingly inherited solid tackles in Brandon Albert, Eric Winston with Donald Stephenson as the swing tackle off the bench. But, Dorsey clearly did not like the contract situation of Albert and Winston and grabbed Eric Fisher as both the cheaper alternative, and the best draft value on the board.
This season, Dorsey has a turning 31-year-old Tamba Hali in place along with Justin Houston poised for free-agency. In a similar move to last season, Dorsey addressed a future cap “problem” by taking a cheaper rookie a year before the cap situation would become critical.
This way, the replacement would have a year of seasoning under his belt before being asked to carry a starting load.
Further, the “new guy” would have a year inside the building where coaches could evaluate both his on-field potential and his work habits. Presumably, if a guy looks like a problem, the team would have an opportunity to either draft someone new, make a deal with the in-place veteran, or find a free-agent alternative.