Dontari Poe's Standing Among Chiefs 1st Round Picks Under Scott Pioli

So I'm reading Sam Mellinger's column at the Kansas City Star this morning and he has this line about the Chiefs picking Dontari Poe with the 11th overall selection:

This may be the most instantly and universally despised first-round pick in Chiefs history, and that's saying something. Even players that eventually turned into busts were given more of a chance by fans and media than what we saw in the minutes following Poe's selection.

And right away I think that's pushing it. Is Dontari Poe really less popular of a selection than Tyson Jackson, the third overall pick, back in 2009?

As it turns out, Sam isn't so crazy. Or less crazy, if you will.

I went back and checked on our approval polls immediately after the Chiefs four first rounds picks under GM Scott Pioli. The numbers aren't scientific, of course (unless you're a news organization looking to interview me. Then, yes, they are scientific.)

Check out the results in this table:

Year Pick Votes Approve Do Not Approve Not Sure
2012 Dontari Poe 3,277 34% 34% 31%
2011 Jonathan Baldwin 1,697 74% 7% 17%
2010 Eric Berry 2,653 94% 3% 2%
2009 Tyson Jackson 918 41% 37% 21%

Less Chiefs fans approved of Dontari Poe but more people did not approve of Tyson Jackson.

Also of note: Eric Berry is a badass.

Our approval ratings of a particular pick don't mean a guy will be a good or bad player but I find the reactions to the picks pretty interesting. Here's to being wrong this year...

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