The Kansas City Chiefs' SBNation blog, Arrowhead Pride, came to me with an interesting question in our Q&As this week that I thought was worth sharing with the APC community. The gist of the question is this:
If you could take one player from the Chiefs roster and add him to the Packers with no financial burden, who would it be?
I'll give you my top options below, and I encourage you to vote in the poll below for your top choice. Then, once the Q&A is posted over at Arrowhead Pride, you can see who I chose on behalf of APC. Here are the top options:
With the Packers losing Bryan Bulaga to injured reserve for the season, they are placing all of their hopes to protect Aaron Rodgers' blind side on fourth-round draft pick David Bakhtiari. That's not the way you'd like to go into a season that has Super Bowl aspirations. Albert is an established left tackle who excels in pass blocking - in 13 games in 2012 he racked up a pass blocking grade of +16.2 from Pro Football Focus, and only scored negatively in two games. Similarly, he scored a +14.8 pass blocking and +14.7 overall in 2011. That's the kind of stability the Packers and I would love to have at the left tackle spot.
Every Packers fan knows the frustration that has taken hold at the safety position in Green Bay since Nick Collins suffered his career-ending neck injury in early 2011. Berry would bring a physical presence to the position, allowing Morgan Burnett to shift back into the ball-hawking deep free safety role. Berry has been somewhat inconsistent and certainly is more effective closer to the line of scrimmage, but he could make a solid addition to the Packers' secondary.
The Thunder and Lightning metaphor is overused when running backs are concerned, but pairing Eddie Lacy with a burner like Charles would truly bring that sort of a combination to the Packers' backfield. Sure, Charles put up his worst yards-per-carry average of his career in 2012 - but that was still 5.3. He's quite literally a threat to go to the house on any play, and he's a very capable receiving back as well, and would give the Packers a frightening running back tandem.
Fisher, this year's first overall pick, looks to be the day-one starter at right tackle for the Chiefs this season. He dominated the Senior Bowl this season and earned the top pick despite playing at Central Michigan. Fisher gives the promise of more longevity than Albert, but at the expense of being unproven. Would you rather go for a proven pass blocker in Albert with fewer years remaining in his career, or the potential of Fisher as a top pick?
The Packers have been searching for a pass-rushing complement to Clay Matthews for a while, and Houston was a player than many Packers fans (myself included) thought the team would target in the 2011 draft. Instead, Green Bay let Houston slip by a few times, possibly due to some perceived character issues, and he landed in Kansas City instead. In two seasons at the strong-side linebacker position, Houston has put up 15.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception. He really excelled starting midway through his rookie year, and he would bring a powerful pass-rushing force opposite Matthews. The question with Houston is whether you think that Nick Perry can be that complement and, if so, you should focus on other areas.
Let us know who you would pick in the poll below, and please let us know why in the comments.
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