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Columnist Vahe Gregorian offers musings about the sports scene in and around Kansas City

Friday Five, NFL draft version: Trust in Chiefs, Dee Ford the piano man, Michael Sam

05/09/2014 9:47 AM

05/09/2014 9:47 AM

*The estimable Sam Mellinger was spot-on in his column today

when he said "what you think of (the Chiefs pick of Auburn linebacker Dee Ford) is basically a combination of how much you trust the Chiefs leadership and how deeply you bought into all the draft hype around other players."

Deflating as it might have been for those anticipating a more rousing pick at a position of more obvious need say, USC receiver Marqise Lee -- I dont believe you can read this choice in a vacuum.

Though the Chiefs have greater immediate needs than depth and flexibility among pass rushers, though they made the playoffs last season, lets not forget they still are in the early stages of foundational rebuilding after going 2-14 in 2012.

They have long-term stability to consider, including how their money will be used to do that, right there along with crucial faster fixes.

So Im going to assume the move fits in a broader scheme, even if I dont have a blueprint of the master plan, because, well, I do trust the judgment of general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid after the way they began to resuscitate the franchise a year ago.

*Well learn a lot more about Ford soon, starting with his 4 p.m. news conference today. But in reading up about him this morning I found it interesting to learn that piano "became a way of life" for him as he grew up in Odenville, Ala.