KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: (FILE PHOTO) Head coach Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs watches from the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs named Crennel the permanent head coach on Monday. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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"We put ourselves into a situation where we could look for the best athlete available," coach Romeo Crennel said Saturday. "In the later rounds, you can reach a little bit today and not feel as bad about it."
The Chiefs did that by eliminating holes during free agency, particularly when they added right tackle Eric Winston. That upgraded a weakness of the past two seasons and made nose tackle the team's only must-address position for the draft. The Chiefs wasted no time, selecting Poe at No. 11 overall.
"This was a challenging preparation overall with Phil Emery leaving us," Pioli said, referring to the team's former Director of College Scouting that was recently named Chicago's general manager. "I can't tell you how proud I am of the guys in the scouting department and the coaches.
"This is as interesting and as energizing collaboration between a large group of people that I've been involved with in a long time."
The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs Draft Class...
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Poe needs to be Romeo Crennel's version of Vince Wilfork to justify a draft that looks more toward the future. Allen and Stephenson provide valuable depth and youth in the offensive line, especially if the club can't keep Branden Albert after 2012. Wylie has durability issues and history of fumbles. Menzie is a capable backup at safety or nickel back.
Grading The NFL Draft Team By Team from KC Star
Kansas City struggled to find consistency out of the slot last season and even turned to Keary Colbert despite a near two-year absence from the NFL. Colbert was coaching at USC before signing with the Chiefs as a long-shot to make the team last August.
If it wasn't Colbert, veteran Jerheme Urban was typically aligned in the slot. Neither player is currently with the team.
Chiefs Add Another Pre-Draft Need With WR Devon Wylie In The 4th Round from The Mothership
Wylie has done his homework. He can play both split end and flanker, in addition to seeing action in the slot. He knows NFL teams travel with four or five receivers, one of whom handles kick and punt returns. He also knows NFL teams covet speed, so he has worked on his technique and explosion. The speed he had in his junior year has returned. Wylie said he's been hand-timed in a sub-4.3 in the 40.
WR Devon Wylie Bio - Chiefs 2012 4th Round Pick from The Mothership
The minute he walks into their practice facility, Wylie becomes the Chiefs' fastest wide receiver. In Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston, the Chiefs have two accomplished receivers, and in Jonathan Baldwin, they have one with potential.
But they can't scare opponents in the way Wylie can. The Chiefs hope his speed can add a new dimension to their offense - and as a punt returner as well.
Chiefs Add Dash To Offense With Wylie from KC Star
DeQuan Menzie is the Tide's starting cornerback opposite Dre Kirkpatrick ... he moves inside to the `star' or nickel back in passing situations ... very versatile and physical corner with outstanding cover skills while showing the ability to blitz off the corner and bring a toughness to the run support...
DB DeQuan Menzie - Chiefs 2012 5th Round Pick from The Mothership
Javier Arenas at the "Star" spot after Arenas was selected in the second round by the Chiefs in 2010.
"The star position is basically the hardest position, people say," Menzie explained. "Because you've got to do a lot of reading the line, you've got to know formations, you've got to know where to fit and stuff like that. It's really a hard position."
Chiefs Once Again Select Alabama "Star" from The Mothership
While Gray appeared in 49 games for the Aggies, the senior finished his career as the school's third-leading rusher with 3,298 yards and 632 carries, tying for seventh all-time with 30 touchdowns. Unselfish to a fault, he accomplished those figures while starting 29 contests.
Gray closed out his career ninth in team annals with 103 receptions. Adding to his resume, he is A&M's career-record holder with 2,349 yards gained via kickoff returns.
RB Cyrus Gray - Chiefs 2012 6th Round Pick from The Mothership
Long was selected to the All-Mountain West Conference Second Team for the 2011 season by eight head coach and select media members ... Ranked second on the team in tackles (69), tackles for a loss (8.0) and sacks (5.0) ... Had three games with 10 or more tackles, ranking second in the Mountain West Conference among defensive lineman with 5.8 stops per game.
DL Jerome Long - Chiefs 2012 7th Round Pick from The Mothership
Four-year letterman ... appeared in 48 games; started 31 contests at wide receiver ... 1,638 career receiving yards rank 17th in school history ... six career 100-yard games are tied for ninth at U-M.
WR Junior Hemingway - Chiefs 7th Round Pick from The Mothership
Smith was, for nine years, a Chiefs icon, a Kansas City businessman and philanthropist, and a key part of the local culture during the 1990s. He also played for Denver and San Diego in his 13-year NFL career.
But a dozen years after retiring, the memories have given way to a different reality. Smith, 46, has struggled financially in his life after football, joining a growing list of ex-athletes who suffered financial distress after the million-dollar contracts ended.
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Wylie was named an All-American by Yahoo! Sports, Phil Steele and Sports Illustrated after he finished last season ranked No. 5 in the nation with a 15.4 average on 29 punt returns. He was also a second-team All-WAC selection as a special teams performer last year.
The speedy prospect out of Roseville, Calif. (Granite Bay HS) returned two punts for touchdowns as a fifth-year senior; a 67-yarder at No. 10 Nebraska and a 79-yard return for a score vs. No. 5 Boise State.
"People consider me to be an undersized slot receiver, and that's fine if that's the way they want to look at it. I take it as a compliment," Wylie said. "Wes Welker has shown to be an amazing receiver - one of the most productive season-in and season-out. So that's fine with me."
It was the first move by Kansas City to add a skill-position player in the draft.
Chiefs Add Potential Slot Receiver By Picking Fresno State's Wylie With Fourth-Round Pick from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The Kansas City Chiefs are obviously happy with Matt Cassel as their quarterback. They inspected several of the top quarterbacks, but in the end, Kansas City did not add one in the draft.
Instead, like they did in free agency, the Chiefs built around Cassel. Thus, Cassel has at least one more year in Kansas City to prove he can be a difference-maker.
AFC West Draft Thoughts from ESPN
"I was just so nervous, then I was so excited. Seeing [the second and third rounds] Friday didn't make me feel too good going into today. I know those were high projections, but I also had high hopes for myself.
"But to go to the Chiefs early in the fourth, it's just surreal. I was kind of surprised by the pick because they hid a lot of their interest in me leading into the draft. They told me how much they liked me after. It's such a surreal feeling to say I'm in the NFL."
Chiefs Draft Fresno State WR Wylie With Fourth-Round Pick from The Fresno Bee
Chiefs Draft Alabama CB De'Quan Menzie In Fifth Round To Add Depth In Defensive Backfield from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
He played cornerback at Alabama and did a nice job. But he doesn't have great speed and may project to safety. He is a smart player who knows how to make plays. I think this could be a player to watch develop in the next couple of years and it is another SEC pickup by Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli, who craves players from that conference.
Chiefs Get Alabama DB DeQuan Menzie from ESPN
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network, after seeing the Chiefs take Gray, said that Gray will give the Chiefs insurance in the backfield in case new running back Peyton Hillis "reverts back to being Peyton Hillis" of 2011, who disappeared for nearly the entire season.
The Chiefs may not be having the sexiest draft in the world, but general manager Scott Pioli is methodically filling the weak spots on the team.
Gray may not be ready to make an impact in the NFL, but there is a lot to like about him. He has game-breaking speed and he seems to understand the game. I think he can become a very good player and he is an excellent value.
I'm telling you, folks, this is becoming one of the deepest offenses in the NFL.
Chiefs Add Depth In RB Cyrus Gray from ESPN
Allen was asked what about his game appealed to the Chiefs.
"I think it's being able to play multiple positions on the offensive line. That's one of the things they said they liked about me.
"I feel like I'm a versatile guy and can play multiple positions. If the Chiefs need me to play guard, I'll play guard. Wherever they need me to play, I feel like I can do a job at any spot."
Second Round Selection No Surprise For Allen from Scout.com
A 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman that could play tackle or end for the Chiefs, Long has improved by leaps and bounds every season dating back to his freshman year at Morro Bay. Moreover, he was a state-placing heavyweight wrestler for the Pirates.
"Character-wise, you can't have a better representative," said former Pirates wrestling coach Michael Aanearud, who also coached Long in the lower levels of high school football. "He's got a great work ethic, and he trusts in his coaches and works hard to give them everything he's got."
Jackson Taken By Ravens, Long To The Chiefs from The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Wideout Brandon Kinnie told the Journal Star he's got a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"I'm a little disappointed I didn't get drafted, but it's fine," he said. "It's just more fuel for the tank. I'm just happy I'm getting an opportunity."
He said he worked out April 10 for the Chiefs.
Kinnie Leads Group Of Husker Free Agents from Husker Extra
Kansas City Chiefs -- The Chiefs took a gamble with Dontari Poe in the first round and it's hard not to be worried about how it'll work out, given how the Chiefs have developed defensive line guys recently. It just doesn't feel like they really addressed any of their primary needs in this draft or landed any high-impact players. I'm not the only one who feels that way:
Poe was the best talent at No. 11 and the fact he filled a major need makes this a logical pick.
But if Poe doesn't develop, the Chiefs will get heat for not following the general consensus. The team has failed to hit a home run with recent picks on the defensive line, so the Chiefs have to make this work. Kansas City thinks Poe will excel under coach Romeo Crennel because he will concentrate on one position as opposed to having to play several spots as he did in college. If the Chiefs are right, this will be a big score. If not, they'll be forever reminded of it.
2012 Draft Analysis - AFC West from ESPN
At least two other K-State players also found NFL homes on Saturday. Tysyn Hartman said he signed a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs and Emmanuel Lamur announced on Twitter that he did the same with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hartman, a four-year starter for the Wildcats at safety and former Kapaun product, said he ended up with the team he wanted.
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Sources also indicated Saturday evening that former KU tight end Tim Biere, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound three-year starter, had agreed to a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Biere was believed to be the second most likely former Jayhawk in KU's most recent senior class to have a shot at cracking an NFL roster.
Auburn safety Neiko Thorpe also signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Monmouth safety Jose Gumbs and Georgia Southern cornerback Laron Scott also signed with the Saints, while Colgate running back Nate Eachus joined the Kansas City Chiefs.
Maj. Rob McGovern had long since left NFL glory behind on 9/11 for other forms of heroism, prosecuting drug dealers for the Manhattan DA while serving in the Army Reserve.
After watching the twin towers fall he raced home, donned his fatigues and spent four days helping to recover remains from the rubble.
In a turn of fate that would strain even Hollywood's imagination, 11 years later McGovern will confront Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 conspirators as a prosecutor in their death-penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay...
Agent Richard Burnoski told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Florida State defensive back Terrance Parks signed a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Former Bakersfield High offensive lineman Justin Cheadle signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to numerous reports.
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