In recent years, Andy Reid has done some strange business with his draft picks, even for a man who was able to unearth some real diamonds in deeper round picks, like Brian Westbrook and Raheem Brock in the same year.
Recently however, the need to facilitate the crop of free agency stars such as Vince Young and Michael Vick has led to some real bum deals.
When Reid eventually cut ties with franchise star Donovan McNabb by trading him to the Washington Redskins, amazingly, both sides suffered from that awful trade as neither team got what they wanted. The Skins could not get the competent quarterback they required until they traded up for Robert Griffin III last year from St. Louis Rams; this year they are without a first round pick. The Eagles hoped the acquisition of Michael Vick would balance the level of talent and finally give Reid his first Superbowl.
But too often, the Eagles needed help in the secondary of their defence. In consecutive years, they took the wrong Safety in the second round – Jaiquawn Jarrett in 2011 and Nate Allen in 2010 – both players have not produced what was hoped for.
The biggest reach made by Reid was for Baylor Guard Danny Watkins with the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 draft, where Muhammad Wilkerson and Andy Dalton were overlooked. That draft was QB heavy, with four taken in the first round, and all are now starters (Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder). In hindsight, Reid should have taken Dalton as back-up to Vick and have a competent QB ready to replace the injury prone Vick. Dalton was just knocked out of his second play-off campaign and has a play-off win to his name.
Dalton was taken 35th overall by the Bengals. Even look at the 56th -59th picks of that draft – 56th was Shane Vereen, 57th was Mikel Leshoure, 58th was Torrey Smith and 59th was Greg Little. All four have made impacts for their respective teams. Instead, the Eagles and Reid took Jarrett, and he’s not even with the Eagles anymore.
The Eagles have drafted badly and have suffered due to Reid’s inability to pick well when needed most and his misses far outweigh the hits despite drafing great players previously, the recent miscues have led to him and the franchise suffering. Reid has been instrumental in his own downfall, and whilst off the field incidents have not helped matters with personal grief, his job hasn’t been secure for some time – and his time was up at the end of the 2012 season.
Reid is now the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs having left Philadelphia. The Chiefs are so bad, they own the No.1 overall draft pick for April. Reid may have liked this carrot being dangled in front of him with the potential of picking Geno Smith from West Virginia and the Kansas side did show some potential on defence, which will give Reid hope.
Another reason is Reid may have picked the Chiefs is because of the nature of the AFC, where you can win 10 games and enter the playoffs. Admittedly this may well be difficult being in the same division as the Denver Broncos led by the formidable Peyton Manning, but compared to the NFC West that Arizona currently reside in, the AFC West looks an easier proposition. The NFC West will be just as competitive as the NFC East with three other teams of greater ability – the 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams. The NFC requires at least 10-12 wins to win your division and probably 10 to clinch a playoff berth. The Chiefs get to play the woeful Raiders twice and underachieving Chargers twice – the Chiefs can definitely win all four of those games, so Reid could feature prominently in a quick turnaround.
Reid’s decision of employment may well change the entire complexion of the NFL draft for the 2013 season; his want is to draft defence yet the need of the Kansas City Chiefs is simple – get a quarterback.