The NFL Draft starts tonight and will last for what will seem like 40 nights. The Kansas City Chiefs are throwing a Draft Day Party at the North Club at Arrowhead Stadium.
You won't get to hang with any current players, but the Chiefs are promising appearances by former Chiefs players as well as Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt and general manager Scott Pioli. Chiefs radio voice Mitch Holthus, Chiefs insider Josh Looney and WHB 810's Soren Petro will handle the draft coverage. The Chiefs' first selection is the 21st overall pick, so expect a lot of waiting if you only care about the Chiefs' pick (you'll be able to tour the stadium, including the locker room, field and Hall of Honor). Who will the Chiefs pick?
ESPN's Mel Kiper is predicting Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi is the pick. However, the NFL Network's Mike Mayock says it'll be Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins.
Kiper called Carimi "a safe pick" (via KC Chiefs Blog):
Mayock sees Watkins as a Pioli guy:
The Chiefs have a need here, and if they want to get back to that power running game that's defined them over the years, Carimi is a safe pick. Todd Haley will like a player with his versatility and power, and the Chiefs will have an immediate plug-and-play. Carimi has gone up against some of the best and handled them. Scott Pioli runs a good show, and this is a smart pick as the Chiefs continue to build a team on the rise.
When Scott Pioli worked with the Patriots, they took a guy named Logan Mankins. I see his reincarnation in Watkins. I think Watkins is a Pioli guy. He's a try-hard kid. He's gifted, tough and mean. You plug him in at right tackle in Year 1, and he'll be able to move inside later, if needed.
As for Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Kiper and Mayock both have him going at the seventh pick to the San Francisco 49ers. Missouri linebacker/defensive end Aldon Smith is being projected as going anywhere from Minnesota (Mayock) to Houston (Kiper) (h/t: SB Nation Kansas City).
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the draft begins at 7. Tickets are $18 at the door ($15 in advance), and $10 for kids under 12 (kids 2 and younger get in free).