As the minutes leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft continue to tick away and with the Kansas City Chiefs currently scheduled to make their first selection at pick #23, one might think today is filled with nervous excitement, around One Arrowhead Drive; that's not the case for the Chiefs personnel and coaching staffs. Even with the always-present trade rumors that surround every team around draft time, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey knows how to make the most out of each and every pick that he owns.
"You do your due diligence," Dorsey said. "I think you call all 31 teams and you let them know that if something happens, you'd like to move up or if you'd like to move down; our phones are always open."
The Chiefs 'due diligence' has encompassed countless hours of travel, research, film study and more, ensuring the team's personnel staff is beyond prepared to make the best possible draft decision, beginning tonight.
Entering their second NFL Draft with the Chiefs, Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid make sure their collective departments are in constant communication to do what's best for the franchise.
"John and his staff are going to continue to increase the competition level within the room," coach Reid said. "I think that's important to grow as a football team and that's the way John has presented it this offseason and the people he has brought, it will add some competition in certain spots. Then, with the addition of the draft and whatever happens with the remaining part of the free agency period and the people that you pick up, what you're trying to do is increase the competition level."
During this time of year, Dorsey could embrace the spotlight and the attention that he'll no doubt receive, but instead, he continues to keep the focus on the entire Chiefs organization.
"What I'd like to do is say thank you to the personnel staff and the coaching staff for all of the hard work they have put in in this whole entire process," Dorsey said. "It is a very arduous task and it is very long. We're like-minded and we understand what the total objective is of the organization and at the end of the day, collectively, we'll do what's in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs."
While it's not official, the Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock, with countless Kingdom fans waiting to see what Dorsey, Reid and company are going to do to make the squad even better than it was in 2013.