While in New England, Scott Pioli was instrumental in building the Patriots into a Super Bowl championship caliber team. He has a knack for evaluating top talent.
He is proving that now as General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. This past weekend, Pioli traded the Chiefs second round pick (#34 overall) for quarterback Matt Cassel and lb Mike Vrabel.
Cassel will step in and give the Chiefs an immediate improvement in a position that has been a gigantic weakness for them. This will give the Chiefs a young, but experienced quarterback to lead them instead of relying on a rookie in the draft. Mike Vrabel, although not very young, he is an experienced player with multiple Super Bowl rings to his name. He will be able to provide a veteran leadership in the locker room and install a winning attitude to a very young team.
I really like this trade for the Chiefs. Let's face it, the quarterback class in this years NFL Draft is pretty weak. Matthew Stafford of Georgia is probably going to Detroit and Mark Sanchez of USC is not a top five draft pick. He will most likely be picked somewhere between #10-#20.
Currently, the Chiefs have Brodie Croyle, Ingle Martin (who?), Quinn Gray, and Tyler Thigpen as quarterbacks on the current roster. Although Thigpen did a decent job during the second half of last season, they are all below average starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
This trade does not make the Chiefs a Super Bowl contending team. It probably doesn't make them a playoff team either. What it does make them is a team on the rise.
Keep an eye on the Chiefs. They are definitely going to surprise some people this year.