The 2009 NFL Draft was pretty bad. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Tyson Jackson third overall and he went on to be a bust.
The Kansas City Chiefs held the third overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft after a lousy 2008 season where they only won two games. They needed help just about everywhere, but ultimately went with LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson, who was a top prospect in that year’s draft.
Jackson was not very good during his five years with the Chiefs. He played in 74 games and was relatively healthy, but the production on the field wasn’t third overall pick worthy. He had just nine sacks through five years and wasn’t the kind of player the Chiefs were expecting when they took him that high.
So, if the Chiefs could go back in time and re-do their third overall pick in 2009, who would they take?
Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report wrote up a re-draft of that year’s draft and had the Chiefs selecting Julian Edelman out of Kent State, which would have been a shocking pick had it actually gone down this way.
Edelman was actually a quarterback during his Kent State career, so taking a player that high and expecting him to switch positions would have been interesting, to say the least. There were plenty of other wide receivers who could have been good options here, but Gagnon was going off of what we know about the players a decade later.
Obviously in that case, yes, Edelman is a good choice. The man has won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and was named MVP in Super Bowl 53.
Throw in that the Chiefs would have taken Dwayne Bowe in the first round in 2007 and could have paired Edelman with Bowe, and they’d have had a pretty solid wide receiver group. The problem then would have been the lack of quarterback talent, but 2009 was Matt Cassel‘s first year at the helm. Maybe having two solid receivers could have made all the difference for Cassel in Kansas City.
Truthfully, I’d have rather seen the Chiefs take someone like Jeremy Maclin or Michael Crabtree in this re-draft instead. Edelman has been an awesome player, but it’s doubtful that he goes on to be the player he is without Tom Brady throwing to him. He’s also been very injury-prone during his time in the NFL.
Oh, for what it’s worth, Tyson Jackson wasn’t selected in the first round in this re-draft. Ouch.
What do you think, Chiefs fans? Would taking Julian Edelman third overall have been a wise idea for the organization?