[Kansas City.com] A not-so-patient football coach in Kansas City has had decent luck with 20. When Herm Edwards was a scout in 1992, he stood up on the table – football talk for going to bat for a guy – and said the Chiefs should draft cornerback Dale Carter at No. 20.
Carter went to four Pro Bowls. He was the only 20th draft pick in the history of the Chiefs’ franchise.
The No. 20 surfaces again as the Chiefs’ first pick on Saturday, and maybe it’s a coincidence that it comes in a year that the franchise is hungry for a cornerback and there is a glut of them on the market.
“I’d like to think we can get a very good football player with the 20th pick,” Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson said. “I know this: There’s 32 teams, and they all have 32 different ideas of who the top 20 are. People have different thoughts on different players. I guess that’s what makes the draft so exciting and unpredictable.”
Depending on which expert you listen to, this year’s 20th pick could produce anyone from Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway to highly touted cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie of Florida State and Tye Hill of Clemson to Ohio State receiver Santonio Holmes.
The predraft whispers are that Kansas City will take two corners in the draft, the first at No. 20. The board might tell them something different. NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Chiefs pick anything from linebacker to quarterback, because this year’s talent pool gives the Chiefs plenty to pick from at 20.
“We have evaluated it, and we expect some good football players to be there,” said Bill Kuharich, the Chiefs’ vice president for player personnel. “But the caveat is – if there happens to be a run on positions above us and your board gets cleaned, there might be some really good players at 20, but that might be a position where we have a very good player on this team already.”
“Do you take the player you know is going to be a good player, but he may have to wait his turn? It’s almost like the Larry Johnson situation. My opinion is that you take the best player regardless of position, but Carl might not feel that way.”