Best First Round Pick
Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee (drafted by Kansas City, 5th overall)
By now, everyone knows where I stand on Eric Berry. In the nine and a half years that I’ve been covering the NFL Draft, Berry was the most gifted defensive player that I’ve scouted. The instincts, awareness and ball skills that he possesses at the safety position are elite, and his ability to transition with receivers will allow him to line up at cornerback in certain situations at the next level. He’s an incredible talent who will immediately become a leader and the face of the Chiefs’ defense. I expect Berry to be a fixture in the Pro Bowl year after year, and when we reevaluate the 2010 draft class three years from now, Berry will be the most accomplished player from this class.