Now that Scott Pioli is no longer the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, he is spending some of his time contributing to the media. This week, he is going to be working for NBC Sports Network as part of their Super Bowl coverage, and he contributed to a section of Peter King's weekly column on Monday. Specifically, Pioli shared his top 10 underclassmen for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Say what you want about Pioli's tenure with the Chiefs, but it's interesting to get the perspective of a former GM who spent a lot of time scouting players for this year's draft. He admitted that scouting is nowhere near complete on underclassmen at this point in the offseason, but this is what his top 10 looks like:
- OT Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M)
- CB Dee Milliner (Alabama)
- DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)
- DE Bjoern Werner (Florida State)
- DT Jonathan Hankins (Ohio State)
- RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama)
- OLB Jarvis Jones (Georgia)
- WR Keenan Allen (Cal)
- MLB Alec Ogletree (Georgia)
- TE Gavin Escobar (San Diego State)
If we match these rankings up with SB Nation's latest 2013 NFL mock draft, the Detroit Lions are projected to get Pioli's No. 4 underclassmen, Bjoern Werner. Luke Joeckel is projected to go one pick ahead of the Lions, but everybody else on Pioli's list is available for them in this particular mock.
To me, one of the most interesting things to watch going forward is whether or not this same group of three or so players will continue to be mentioned for the Lions. It seems like Werner, Dee Milliner and Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore are the favorites to be picked by the Lions, but could someone else emerge in the coming months, particularly from the rest of Pioli's list? I would be a little surprised right now, but then again, the offseason is only just beginning.