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Chiefs GM Scott Pioli's Fascination With Tight Ends

Scott Pioli has been the GM of the Chiefs for two drafts now. It's a little early to be drawing any conclusions but one fact stands out:

Pioli and the Chiefs have traded up for two tight ends in each of the last two drafts.

The selections came with question marks.

In 2009, Pioli gave up a 2010 7th round pick to select Jake O'Connell. He was active in just four games last season. Granted, a 7th round pick isn't the end of the world but to trade a future pick -- something Bill Belichick, Pioli and the Patriots very rarely did -- is a little odd.

In 2010, the Chiefs gave up a fourth and fifth round pick to select Tony Moeaki in the third round. Moeaki had a solid rookie camp and it's waaaaay too early to draw any conclusions about his future in the NFL. However, it is a little concerning that the Chiefs selected a player with such an extensive injury history, especially considering the perception that they view injuries as a sign of weakness.

From 2000-2009, Belichick, Pioli and the Patriots selected seven tight ends in the draft. And not all of them were late picks.

There are two 1st round picks (Benjamin Watson and Daniel Graham) and a 3rd (David Thomas), 4th (Jabari Holloway), 5th (Dave Stacheiski), 6th (Arthur Love) and 7th round pick (Andy Stokes).

Hardly setting the world on fire there considering the investment made in all those players.

Moeaki had a good start at the Chiefs rookie minicamp. Considering Pioli's history with tight ends, he wouldn't have to become an All-Pro to be the best he's ever picked.

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