The Kansas City Chiefs landed Dwayne Bowe 23rd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, but in Bleacher Report’s re-draft, they end up taking Ben Grubbs instead.
In Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report’s re-draft of the 2007 draft, Bowe is off the board by the time the Chiefs are scheduled to make their pick. Bowe is taken one pick sooner by the Dallas Cowboys and that obviously takes him out of the running to land in Kansas City, so they go with offensive guard Ben Grubbs instead.
The Chiefs had a need for an offensive lineman at this point in time, as their offensive line was putrid in the late 2000s. Grubbs had an impressive college career at Auburn and parlayed that into a late first round pick by the Ravens, where he spent the first five years of his career.
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He was a wonderful free agent signing by the Saints, where he spent the next three years. During his eight-year span with the Ravens and Saints, Grubbs started all 16 games in all but two seasons. He was as durable as any lineman out there and had really made a name for himself at left guard.
"Four times during his professional career, Grubbs went the entire season without being flagged for holding. And over a three-year span from 2012-14, he played every offensive snap for the New Orleans Saints."
Oddly enough, left guard is a position the Chiefs have struggled to fill in recent years and the funny thing here is, Grubbs was signed by Kansas City in the 2015 offseason to try and help fill the hole there. Unfortunately, he was injured in 2015, which led to him only starting seven games and being out of the league shortly after. It was a disappointing free agent signing for sure.
In this particular re-draft, Gary Davenport has the Cowboys landing Bowe just one pick before the Chiefs. Otherwise, I’m sure he’d have had them go with Bowe again.
I was pretty critical of Bowe during the course of his career because of all of the dropped passes he had, but when looking back, he was one of the best receivers in Chiefs history. He currently sits third all-time in receiving yards with 7,155 and he did that with some really bad quarterbacks throwing the football to him.
Fans might see the selection here and groan because of how disappointing Grubbs was in his short stint with the Chiefs, but had he been their first round selection, it’d have been a much different story. Grubbs would have become one of the anchors along that Chiefs o-line and hopefully they’d have been able to keep him after his five years were up.
At the end of the day, things worked out just fine with Dwayne Bowe, who cemented himself as one of the all-time greats at receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs.
How would you have felt about Ben Grubbs being the Chiefs’ first round pick in 2007?