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By Randy Covitz, The Kansas City Star Published: January 15, 2013

“What we always tried to do is try to develop a third guy and get him and develop him and see if he could be a (No.) 2 or a 1,” Dorsey said. “I haven't sat down to really answer those hard facts. I need to sit down with coach (Andy) Reid and the personnel guys and go over a total assessment before I can take that and say, ‘This guy can't play or this guy can play.' I want all the facts before I make decisions like that.”

So while quarterback is the greatest single need on a team that has five Pro Bowlers, there's no guarantee Dorsey will pick one in the first or even second round.

“Are they good football players?” Dorsey said of what he looks for in the draft. “I think that's vitally important. Do they fit into the locker room? If you look at any great teams, over all the decades ... there's a component that is very important. That locker room can self-perpetuate people, and it can pull the young guys up to the standards of the older guys. That locker room is the pulse of your team, and that's vitally important.

”There's a great unknown within players. It's what's inside of them. You want to lift up the hood sometimes and see what's inside. It's our job to lift up that hood and find out if those components fit into what you're trying to do within an organization.“

Dorsey said he will not make any changes within the Chiefs' scouting department and this week will begin to formulate a plan for next week's Senior Bowl.

But the ultimate decision on who the Chiefs take with the first overall pick will be Dorsey's.

”It's going to be the focus of our fans, the media, and our personnel department for the next three or so months,“ said Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, whose franchise has not had the first overall pick since the NFL-AFL common draft began in 1967.

”It's very important we get that pick right, whether it's taking the best available player or trading that pick. A lot of thought and preparation is going to go into that, and on the inside, (Dorsey's) excited about it. Who wouldn't be as a general manager, to have the No. 1 pick?“

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