From the FanPosts. Nice first post, Sweatband. -Joel
This is my first time writing anything of substance involving the Chiefs, the NFL, or sports in general, but I love all three of those subjects so much I thought that I would write up my views on the Kansas City Chiefs 2010 Draft.
"The Good" of each player is very self-explanatory, and lists the positives of each pick. I really shouldn't have to explain what "The Bad" is, should I? "The Ugly" is about the unsure factors (or oddities) of the pick, as well as the player. I will cover every pick the Chiefs made this year, giving you the facts, the stats, my opinions, and a bit of sarcasm.
Eric Berry: Safety, Tennessee (#5 overall)
The Good: Even though taking a Safety with the 5th pick in the draft is a road not often traveled, there is a reason many people think Eric Berry is the best player in this draft: He is a monster. As pointed out by Jason Whitlock in the Kansas City Star in his article Berry "graduated high school with a 3.75 grade-point average and was a member of the National Honor Society." Now, I am not familiar with the National Honor Society, but I have to believe Berry is a bright guy. Whitlock also notes that Berry was flagged for only one penalty in his entire 39-game career in Tennessee. It was stats like that which got Jake Long drafted 1st overall in 2007 by the Miami Dolphins, yet, somehow, a player with those stats, demeanor, and intangibles is not worth the 5th overall pick? Many "experts" had declared the pre-draft Chiefs were the slowest defense in the league, and that is hard to argue. Eric Berry is not a slow player. He is a defensive playmaker, and that is something the Chiefs haven't had in quite some time. Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers could become two the NFL's best defensive playmakers, but as of right now, they are not, and the addition of Berry can only help the process along. Berry is smart, talented, does not make dumb plays on (or off) the field and he will be a leader of this team from the moment he steps off his plane to Kansas City.
The Bad: Many feel that the Chiefs' two main needs coming into this draft were at Linebacker and Offensive Line. While I disagree wholeheartedly, I can see where those people are coming from. It would be more protection for Cassel, better run-blocking for Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles (not necessarily in that order,) and a definite keystone for the entire offensive line. I get that. There is definitely an argument to be made there. However, if the Chiefs were going to draft defense at #5, it was not going to be anyone other than Eric Berry.
The Ugly: There is only one topic that could be classified as "ugly" for Berry: the risk of injury. Is he too small to make it in the NFL? Is that why the Safety position normally goes unmentioned in the first few picks of the draft? Let me clear something up, folks. In the National Football League there is an injury risk for every person who steps onto the field, into the weight room, and within 20 feet of Todd Haley. It happens. Injuries happen. Welcome to the NFL.
Dexter McCluster: "Offensive Weapon," Mississippi (#36 overall)
The Good: The Chiefs obviously had two themes coming into this draft: Speed and leadership. Dexter McCluster brings both. I like this guy already. When asked what position he would play in Kansas City, McCluster responded "OW" for "Offensive Weapon." He has the potential to have the explosiveness of (San Diego Running Back) Darren Sproles, along with the skills of (New England Patriots Wide Receiver) Wes Welker. Even though McCluster is listed as a Running Back, he will be much more. Imagine Charles and McCluster on the field at one time. That sound you just heard was 31 NFL Defensive coordinators shaking. Oh, they're winded? No problem! Here comes Thomas Jones! That is absolutely brutal, and I like the thought of that a lot. I'd assume that Charlie Weis does too.
The Bad: Running Back has not been a big need since Charles first became a game changer, and after the addition of Thomas Jones, it was not a need at all. Many fans are furious that this pick was anything other than Offensive Line, and many others wanted a Linebacker. I, admittedly, shouted "What?!?!" at the television (but in a caps-lock "what-on-earth-just-happened" kind of way.) The pick the fans wanted was Sergio Kindle (DE/OLB, Texas) and went to the Ravens at pick #43, making most Chiefs fans sick.
The Ugly: McCluster is a slight 5'9", 172, and is another textbook "injury risk." I have already made my position on injuries clear, but at least this argument makes some sense. Correct me if I am wrong, but Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles have been (relatively) injury-free. Wes Welker's injury came on a freaky misstep, and wasn't from the beating that he takes on a weekly basis. McCluster seems, to me, like an offensive Swiss Army Knife. When you play with knives, you could always get a little cut. This pick comes down to personal opinion.
Javier Arenas: Cornerback, Alabama (#50 Overall)
The Good: As shocking as this may be, given the Chiefs previous draft picks, Javier Arenas is a team leader, and a speed guy! Oh, and he's also got some serious skills. Now, no one thinks you should use a top-50 pick on a Punt Returner, but that was definitely a huge part of this pick. Arenas came only 11 yards shy of breaking the all-time record for (college) career punt return yardage. As abysmal as the Chiefs return game has been (with the exception of Jamaal Charles, who will not play another special teams snap in his life) the Chiefs have not had a half-decent return man catching punts or kickoffs since Dante Hall. This fixes that problem. Also, Arenas is another extremely versatile player. He will be the Chiefs 3rd Cornerback, and (according to the Chiefs) will be used in some of Romeo Crennel's nickel sets, but the thing I find most exciting about Arenas (along with his returning skills) is the fact that he is being praised as the "best blitzing Cornerback in the draft." Pass rush. Hallelujah. We can all appreciate a good pass rusher.
The Bad: Still no linemen, neither Offensive nor Defensive had been selected by the Chiefs at this point. Still, many fans grew livid. Many fans did not, by any means, want another "Swiss Army Knife" in the 2nd round. Also, it is a little hard to swallow the fact that this was the pick given to the Chiefs, by the Atlanta Falcons, for Tony Gonzalez.
The Ugly: It could be argued that, even before the draft, the Chiefs two strengths were Running Back and Cornerback. I pointed out that these guys (McCluster and Arenas) were not taken to play solely those two positions. When the pick was announced I (once again) yelled at the T.V. until I heard NFL Network talking about how great he was as a return man, but still was not sold. Though I still question this pick, I am interested to see how this pans out.
Jon Asamoah: Offensive Guard, Illinois (#68 Overall)
The Good: Weighing in at 6'4", 305, you can tell that this guy has the body to be a NFL Pro Bowler, but does he have the skill? I believe he just might. I had never heard of this guy until the Chiefs selected him with the 4th pick in round 3, but after getting as much info as I could on him, I found that the pick, on paper, is perfect. He seems to have the perfect body type for a lineman under the coaching of Todd Haley, and he plays both Guard and Center. Versatility is a wonderful thing. Though he lacks the speed of a Running Back or a Corner, Asamoah was also a leader, and a team captain, at Illinois, and he has the skill set to start tomorrow.
The Bad: This, to some degree, quieted the screams of the fans that believe that Offensive Line was, and still is, the Chiefs biggest need, but Asamoah is 100% Guard/Center, and many wanted a Tackle. The other negative is, at the moment, the Guard-Center-Guard portion of the KC line seems to be occupied by Brian Waters, Casey Wiegmann, and Ryan Lilja, respectively. Well, both Waters and Wiegmann are towards the end of their careers, and I don't see why it is bad to have their replacement ready and waiting.
The Ugly: He is not a Linebacker. I can see the look on your face now. "Uh... Duh." My point in saying that is to pacify the fans, as well as members of the media, who think the Chiefs Linebacker core is made up of KC Wolf, my Grandma, Matthew Berry, and a carrot. I can not see the "ugly" in this pick, but if you can, let me hear it.
Tony Moeaki: Tight End, Iowa (#93 Overall)
The Good: According to NFL.com, Tony Moeaki is "one of the best blocking Tight Ends in the draft." Well, that is a positive. At 6'3", 245, he is not the biggest target for Matt Cassel, but maybe that is why he fell. The Chiefs saw something in Moeaki that caused them to give up their top-of-the-4th round pick and an extra 5th rounder to move up to #93 to select him. For the sake of consistency, it seems necessary to point out the fact that he was named to the Iowa "Leadership Group" from 2006-2009. However, he is said to have good hands, and by pairing him with Brad Cottam at Tight End, Charlie Weis has yet another toy to use in the Kansas City offense.
The Bad: In his entire career at Iowa he managed a mere 76 receptions for 953 yards and 11 touchdowns. That is less than stellar. Also, I question the move of giving up a draft pick that could have proven useful, only to jump up a few spots to get a player that would have probably fallen to them at the top of the 4th round. I can not say I like that move. I am also a big fan of Leonard Pope, the ex-Cardinal. He seems to be the 3rd guy in the rotation now, and I don't think that Moeaki will be that drastic of an improvement.
The Ugly: Time for me to do some backtracking. Remember how I said "Injuries happen," and that "there is an injury risk for every person who steps onto the field"? Well, Moeaki actually is a legitimate injury risk. Now, before you call me a hypocrite, allow me to explain: In game four of 2007 he suffered a broken wrist and a dislocated elbow. He was given a medical redshirt, missed the remainder of that season, as well as the first two games of 2008. He played in eight games with one start in 2008, and amassed 14 catches in those games. I know stats are not everything, but that is underwhelming at best. Was he worth what ended up being a 4th and a 5th round pick? Only time will tell.
Kendrick Lewis: Safety, Mississippi (#136 Overall)
The Good: This pick was the stunner of all stunners. Even though Safety was a huge need for the team, no one thought another one would be picked after picking up Eric Berry with pick #5! NFL Network's Mike Mayock says that this pick "has Scott Piloi's fingerprints all over it." Mayock also said that Lewis is a "good character, try-hard, overachiever type that will work his tail off to get better." I would not have made this pick in a million years, but this was not my pick to make. If he is an "overachiever," I will be waiting to see it. Oh, I almost forgot the most shocking part of this pick! Lewis was voted as a team captain by his teammates.
The Bad: Is he going to see the field? I know that picks this late are not usually starters, but for the Chiefs, they need contributors. Maybe he plays opposite of Berry, maybe there are some packages Romeo Crennel has all ready for him, but I still wonder about this one.
The Ugly: Lewis ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 and 4.81 seconds. I think this is one of the most overrated stats anywhere, but for a defensive back, that is very sub-par.
Cameron Sheffield: Defensive End/Linebacker, Troy (#142 Overall)
The Good: There it is! Finally, the Chiefs drafted their Linebacker. Sheffield is a perfect fit in a 3-4 defense, and will definitely get playing time at the OLB/DE position, a la Tamba Hali. Other DE's to come out of Troy include Osi Umenyiora and DeMarcus Ware. I would be just fine if Sheffield ended up being the next coming of either of those elite Quarterback killers. NFL.com says he has an "intriguing set of skills." That's code for "We don't really know who this guy is." Well, he appears to be a good pass rusher, and we will be seeing him in the upcoming season.
The Bad: As a 5th round draft pick, there isn't a lot of "bad" you can put on this guy. It addressed a big need, but he was not drafted to be a starter on day one. He "lacks explosiveness on contact," but we can only wait to see what he develops into.
The Ugly: The only "ugly" thing about this pick is the fact that it was the Chiefs last pick of the draft. There is a real lack of negatives on grabbing this guy in the 5th round.
While many of these picks are ones I would not have made, I find many of them very, very interesting. Todd Haley and Scott Pioli seemed to seek out players with the ability to make plays, and the courage to lead the team today, tomorrow, and deep into the future. Todd Haley said "You can never have enough leaders." Do you agree with that statement? Can too many cooks spoil the NFL soup? Well, the Chiefs will live or die by that motto, not only in these picks, but into the future of the Kansas City Chiefs.