With the 68th selection in the 2010 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select...Jon Asamoah, Guard, Illinois
I'd argue that guard is one of the very few positions on the Chiefs team that does not need help right now. Brian Waters on the left side and Ryan Lilja on the right side can seemingly hold it down for the next year, maybe two. It's nice to have reserves waiting in the wings but a guard selected at the top of the third round is probably expected to play fairly quickly.
Well, maybe he's not playing guard. The Chiefs GM hinted at that possibility yesterday.
"He’s played guard and he has practiced quite a bit and we have seen him play center," he said. Pioli then cited versatility as a big reason for this pick because it allows you to do so many things.
Like Dexter McCluster being a WR/RB/KR, Asamoah can also play multiple positions (except offensive tackle, Pioli says).
The Chiefs also have a bit of a logjam at center now if that's the plan with Asamoah. Casey Wiegmann is (or was) expected to start while Rudy Niswanger is still under contract.
It's an interesting pick and one that I think we will appreciate several years down the line. What it does is provides the Chiefs with options and that's what they always strive to do.