Dexter McCluster...a RUNNING BACk. I believe my chief fans had the same initial reaction that I did. I seriously started to craft a conspiracy theory of ex-patriots front office guys working around the league to sabotage other teams (including the chiefs-now). Why on earth would a team that has JC and newly acquired Thomas Jones draft another running back?
Looking back at the draft, I am more confident in Pioli's ways. The two biggest players that experts, chief fans, and I were pitching for were Terrence Cody and Sergio Kindle. Instead Chiefs drafted one unknown player and another surprising pick. The 36th pick was ....
Frustration started to kick in. Sergio Kindle seemed to be a perfect fit for the the Chiefs and Cody "was the missing nose tackle." Everyone knew this.
I figured since the chiefs had another 2nd round pick, at least they could get one of these guys they blindly missed, right? Wrong. With the 50th pick, the Chiefs selected Javier Arenas... a corner back. This pick threw me for a loop. With newly acquired Berry, and soon to be all-pro Flowers + Carr, why would we select another CB?
Maybe time doesn't tell all, but it did in this situation. Both Kindle and Cody were selected by the Baltimore Ravens. Has it stands Kindle is already injured... with a SKULL FRACTURE (I don't even know how that could happen). Kindle's biggest problem going into the draft was that he had a "injury tag." The ever so large Cody has not been practicing with Ravens because he has not passed the conditioning exercises yet. Now I don't know how severe the Ravens conditioning workouts are but I do know the Chiefs program has been extremely brutal if players take it easy with off-season workouts.
What has McCluster and Arenas done for the Chiefs? McCluster has been selected by every expert to be the 'weapon X" that could make any offense, especially the Chiefs, dangerous. Is he a RB, WR, or the leader in the Wildcat? Yes, yes, and yes. Arenas has solidified the Chiefs secondary has perhaps one of the best in the league (looking into the future). It still might take a season or two...but the D is vastly improved, especially the secondary.
I guess the question is would you rather have an already injured Sergio Kindle and a fat Terrence Cody who eats everything in sight or McCluster and Arenas? I know my answer. Pioli... good job and I won't second guess you again.