Chiefs GM John Dorsey Feels Comfortable with 2015 NFL Draft Class

Heading into his third NFL draft leading the Chiefs, Dorsey spoke about the process


In his first two years leading the Kansas City Chiefs, general manager John Dorsey and company have have compiled a 20-12 regular season record.

For Dorsey, 39 of the 53 players on the roster at the end of last season were drafted, signed, claimed on waivers or traded for since he's taken leadership of the Chiefs. 

Of the 14 carryover players from the previous regime, Dorsey and his staff have signed contract extensions with four of them: Dwayne Bowe (2013), Dustin Colquitt (2013), Jamaal Charles (2014) and Allen Bailey (2014).

 Dorsey has consistently said they will build through the draft, and as his staff prepares for the 2015 NFL Draft, he said he felt good about where they were at before the NFL Scouting Combine.

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"We spent a good part of 14 to 15 days evaluating the complete college draft class," Dorsey said. "We meticulously did that. We put them in the position of ranking.

"I feel very comfortable with the overall feel I have for this draft class."

As Dorsey's staff becomes even more comfortable with the draft class as we get closer to April 30, they lean on the fact that they're comfortable with one another—with continuity being key.

"I feel very good about where we are," he said. "The personnel staff has been together now for two years. Everybody understands exactly what we are attempting to do here."

On the coaches' side, Andy Reid said the coaches have been playing catchup with the personnel guys by learning about the players since the season ended.


Photos of Clark Hunt, John Dorsey and Andy Reid.


"The scouts have been out beating the bushes and evaluating these guys," Reid said. "They obviously have a better understanding of them than the coaches do."

That's where the relationship between a general manager and a head coach really matters.

"I have full trust in John (Dorsey) and I've been with him a long time," Reid said.

Dorsey and his staff had the task of catching up the Chiefs' coaches on the more than 300 players who participated in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

As they rank these players and put together a plan for the draft, Reid's philosophy hasn't changed.

"Take the best you can, you stick to that," Reid explained. "Your players know it. The people around you know it. If it's a quarterback, it's a quarterback. If it's a running back, it's a running back.

"You've got to try to stay true to that the best you can."

All the talk right now is about the draft because of the news coming from the combine, but the truth is free agency is just around the corner.

While the new league year doesn't begin until March 10, teams can enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents on March 7. But the contract can't be officially executed until 3:00 p.m. CST on March 10.

Whether it's through free agency or the draft, Dorsey, Reid and company have continuity on their side and will use these next few months to build a roster that will hopefully achieve the goals they have set for themselves and the organization.

"There's nothing like having a good group of guys around you all striving for one ultimate goal," Dorsey explained. "We have that in Kansas City."


The local colleges MU, KU, and KSU were well represented at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

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