This is the fourth in a weekly look at how new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid drafted with their previous teams; Dorsey as director of college scouting for the Green Bay Packers and Reid as head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. Next week: Best offensive linemen.
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
Todays NFL is all about quarterback play and scoring points, and both Reid, during his 14 years with the Eagles and Dorsey, in his 12 seasons overseeing the draft in Green Bay, excelled at drafting skill-position players on offense that helped teams enjoy success, including Super Bowl appearances.
Their ability to draft and develop those players will be critical in Kansas City where the Chiefs are in need of playmakers, especially at quarterback and wide receiver for an offense that ranked last in scoring in 2012.
Heres a thumbnail on the top quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends taken by Reid during 1999-2012 and by the Packers when Dorsey was assisting general managers Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson during 2001-12.
Donovan McNabb (first round, 1999, Syracuse). Reid built his program around McNabb, the second overall pick in 1999. McNabb became a starter midway through his rookie year and evolved into one of the leagues top-tier quarterbacks, leading the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl appearance. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to finish a season with 30-plus touchdown passes (31) and less than 10 interceptions (eight) when he guided the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season.
Nick Foles (third round, 2012, Arizona). Foles was taken as a developmental quarterback last year and because of injuries to Michael Vick started seven games, winning one. Foles set Eagles rookie passing records for most completions (161), attempts (265) and yards (1,699) and threw six TD passes and five interceptions. Hell back up Vick again in 2013 after the Eagles renegotiated a new contract with Vick.
Brian Westbrook (third round, 2002, Villanova) Westbrook, a two-time Pro Bowler, became one of the NFLs most electrifying players, capped by a 2007 season in which he broke franchise records in receptions (90) and yards from scrimmage (2,104) while rushing for a career-best 1,333 yards. Westbrook led the Eagles in rushing and receiving during 2005-07 and in rushing in 2008. He also returned two punts for touchdowns as a rookie.
LeSean McCoy (second round, 2009, Pittsburgh). McCoy succeeded Westbrook as the Eagles featured back, rushing for 1,080 yards in 2010 and a career-best 1,309 yards and 17 TDs in 2011 when he was selected to the Pro Bowl. McCoy, an outstanding receiver out of the backfield with 220 career receptions, rushed for just 840 yards last year because he missed four games with a concussion.
DeSean Jackson (second round, 2008, California). Jackson has been one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. In 2009, he was the first player in NFL history to be voted to the Pro Bowl at two different positions, kick returner and wide receiver. Since entering the NFL in 2008, Jackson ranks first in yards per catch (17.5) for receivers with at least 250 receptions. Of his 32 career touchdowns, 23 have been on plays of 30 yards or more.
Jeremy Maclin (first round, 2009, Missouri) The Eagles traded up two spots in the draft to take the speedy Maclin, and he did not disappoint. Since joining the Eagles, he has caught a team-leading 258 passes , the most by any player in franchise history in his first four seasons, with 26 TDs. He also has 10 catches for 219 yards and a 76-yard TD in two post-season games, and his 146 yards in a 2009 playoff-game against Dallas were the most in NFL history by a rookie.
Brent Celek (fifth round, 2007, Cincinnati) Celek, who was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, ranks second to former Eagles great Pete Retzlaff for career receptions (280) and yards (3,473) and is third with 20 TDs among Philadelphia tight ends. In 2009, he set career bests with 76 receptions, 971 yards and eight TDs when Celek (24), Maclin (21) and Jackson (23) became the first trio in NFL history with 50-plus receptions, 750-plus yards and at least four TDs in one season. He set a franchise record with 10 catches (83 yards, two TDs) in 2008 NFC Championship Game at Arizona.
Clay Harbor (fourth round, 2010, Missouri State) Harbor, the Eagles fourth pick in the fourth round in 2010, has been a solid second tight end and H-back in his three seasons. He caught a career-best 25 passes for 188 yards and two TDs in 2012, including a game-winning 4-yard TD pass from Vick with 1:18 left in the season opener at Cleveland.
Aaron Rodgers (first round, 2005, California) Brett Favre was still in his prime when Rodgers slid down the draft board to No. 25 in the first round. Rodgers would understudy Favre for three seasons before getting his chance to start in 2008. All Rodgers has done since is win a Super Bowl MVP in leading the Packers to the championship following the 2010 season and win a league MVP in 2011 when he set an NFL record with a 122.5 passer rating and broke franchise records with 45 touchdown passes, 4,643 yards and a 68.3 completion percentage.
Matt Flynn (seventh round, 2008, LSU) After Favre retired and unretired and joined the New York Jets in 2008, the Packers, still unsure of whether Rodgers would succeed, took Brian Brohm of Louisville in the second round and Matt Flynn of LSU in the seventh. Flynn served as Rodgers backup and set franchise records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns in a 45-41 regular-season win over Detroit in the 2011 regular-season finale as Rodgers rested for the playoffs. Flynn parlayed that appearance into a three-year, free-agent contract worth up to $19.5 million with Seattle during last off-season. Flynn was beat out for the starting job by rookie Russell Wilson and could be available to the Chiefs in a trade.
James Starks (sixth round, 2010, Buffalo) The Packers havent invested many draft picks in running backs during the past 12 years, preferring to acquire backs through trade (Ahman Green and Ryan Grant) or as undrafted free agents (Samkon Gado). But they hit the jackpot with Starks, who burst onto the scene with a league-leading 315 rushing yards in the post-season run to the Super Bowl in 2010. Starks led the pass-happy Packers in rushing in 2011 with 578 yards.
Alex Green (third round, 2011, Hawaii) The Packers invested a premium pick in Green, who attended the same junior college _ Butte (Cal.) College as Aaron Rodgers -- before transferring to Hawaii. Green appeared in four games as a rookie before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in week seven. He led the Packers in rushing in 2012 with 464 yards and caught 18 passes for another 125.
Javon Walker (first round, 2002, Florida State) Few teams in the past 12 years have been as successful in the draft at wide receiver as the Packers, starting with Walker, whose best season was 2004 when he csaught 89 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Greg Jennings (second round, 2006, Western Michigan) Jennings emerged as Rodgers go-to receiver in the past five seasons. A two-time Pro Bowler, Jennings is one of five receivers in team history to post three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and one of four to catch 12 or more TD passes in two different seasons. Jennings caught two TD passes in Super Bowl XLV against Pittsburgh, plus a critical 31-yard gain on third and 10 from the Packers 25 late in the fourth quarter of the 31-25 win.
James Jones (third round, 2007, San Jose State) Jones may be the No. 3 receiver in the offense, but he is a playmaker of the highest order. He has caught at least five TD passes in each of the past four years, the only Packer receiver to do so, including 14 in 2012. And Jones averaged 31.0 yards on his first 20 career touchdowns during 2007-11.
Jordy Nelson (second round, 2008, Kansas State) Nelson had his coming-out party in the 2010 playoffs when he caught eight passes for 79 yards (including four catches on third-down conversions) in a postseason win at Atlanta followed by nine receptions for 140 yards and a TD in the Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh. Nelson had a breakout season in 2011 with career bests in receptions (68), yards (1,263 for an 18.6 average) and 15 TDs. Though slowed by injuries, he still caught 49 passes for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.
Randall Cobb (2nd round, 2011, Kentucky) Some questioned Cobbs lack of size coming out of college, but the 5-10, 192 pound dynamo has been a brilliant all-purpose player for the Packers. He tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return on opening night of the 2011 season and later that year became the first rookie since the 1970 merger to return a 100-yard kickoff and 80-yard punt return in the same season. He emerged as a top receiver in 2012, leading the Packers with 80 receptions for 954 yards and eight touchdowns. A former college quarterback, Cobb rushed 10 times out of the wildcat or reverses for 132 yards in 2012.
Jermichael Finley (third round, 2008, Texas) Tight end is an integral part of the Packers West Coast offense, and Finley set the clubs single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 61 in 2012, breaking the mark of 56 set by Paul Coffman in 1979. Finley caught 55 in both 2009 and 2011, making him the only tight end in franchise history with two 55-catch seasons. His 159 receiving yards in the NFC Wild Card loss at Arizona in 2009 was the third-most productive game by a tight end in NFL history, trailing only San Diego Hall of Famer Kellen Winslows 166 in the 1981 playoffs at Miami and San Franciscos Vernon Davis 180 in the 2011 playoffs against New Orleans.
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