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Third Year Chiefs Are Hitting Their Breakout Year

I was listening to Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star talk with Nick Wright on 610 Sports this afternoon and Babb brought up a really good point about the makeup of the current Chiefs. For all the talk that the previous regime didn't leave a talented roster, it's their last draft class that is proving to be among the most critical.

The Chiefs 2008 draft class is turning out to be money from Glenn Dorsey to Branden Albert to Brandon Flowers to Jamaal Charles to Brandon Carr, this may be the cornerstone draft class of this team. Scott Pioli's 2010 class will likely rival them in a couple years but, for now, the 2008 class has been a massive part of the Chiefs success.

As Babb pointed out, there's the saying that year three is the breakout year for a player and that's the case with a few of those guys as they wind down year three.

It's not just '08. Though you'd like to see a draft with multiple good players, the previous regime hit on first round picks in 2005 (Derrick Johnson), 2006 (Tamba Hali) and 2007 (Dwayne Bowe).

It's interesting to look at how this team was built now that they've cemented themselves as one of the top 12 teams. While the 2008 draft has been critical, I don't think the Chiefs are in this position without the 2010 free agent additions in the Pioli era or the 2010 draft class. It's a nice combination of players.

I'm not sure I have much of a point here other than to say that things are coming together nicely. It's been cool watching the evolution of this class and I'm sure it'll be a similar feeling with the 2010 class.

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