Thursday, January 27, 2011

2010 Chiefs Draft In Review

A look back at the Chiefs 2010 draft:

1st Round, 5th pick
Eric Berry Safety Tennessee

When picking a player in the top 5 you hope for a game changer. A guy that can be a franchise player. Usually safeties are not billed as that kind of player. Berry's rookie year started off rough, but he showed great improvement. He was very stout against the run and was a sure tackler. His pass defense is questionable at this point. He is defiantly a playmaker when the ball is in his hands and a threat to score. Berry was also named to the Pro Bowl this year, becomimg the first Chiefs rookie to earn that honor since Derrick Thomas back in 1989.
16 starts, 126 tackles (2nd on team), 4 int (led team)
Grade A

2nd Round, 36th pick
Dexter McCluster RB/WR Ole Miss

This pick is viewed as a luxury pick by a team that really could not afford a luxury pick. McCluster does not have world class speed, but is small and quick. McCluster is a multi faceted player. He can return kicks, line up in the back field, and catch balls. If he can avoid the injury bug, which caused him to miss 5 games, then he should be an offensive weapon for years to come.
11 games, 7 starts, 21 receptions for 209 yards 1 TD, 71 rushing yds, 729 return yds 1 return td
Grade C

2nd Round, 50th pick
Javier Arenas CB Alabama

Arenas was drafted for his playmaker ability. In college he had a total of 8 returns for touchdown. He was also known for being an excellent blitzing defensive back. In his rookie year, Arenas saw time as the chiefs nickel corner and finished third on the time in sacks. While not spectacular in the return game, he was very solid.
16 games, 2 starts. 49 tackles, 3 sacks. 832 return yards
Grade B-

3rd Round, 68th pick
Jon Asamoah Guard Illinois

Its hard to grade Asamoah's rookie campaign. He backed up 5-time pro bowl guard Brian Waters and Ryan Lilja. He saw action in 16 games, mainly on special teams, and made one start for an injured Lilja. The Chiefs rushed for a season high 274 yards in his lone spot. In college Asamoah started 37 consecutive games. He is being groomed to replace Waters once he retires.
Grade B

3rd Round, 93rd pick
Tony Moeaki TE Iowa

Injuries plagued Moeaki during his college career. Most draft analysts say he would have been rated higher on their draft boards if injuries weren't such a concern. Moeaki only missed one game this due to a concussion. Moeaki set the team record for most catches by a rookie tight end, passing Tony Gonzalez. He also finished second on the team in yards and receptions. Moeaki was a valuable cog in the Chiefs running game with his blocking skills and a security blanket for his quarteback.
15 games, 15 starts, 47 receptions for 556 yards,3 TD
Grade A-

5th Round, 136th pick
Kendrick Lewis Safety Ole Miss

The Chiefs found a steal in the 5th round in Lewis. The rookie was able to steal the starting job away from vetern Jon McGraw. Lewis finished second on the team in interceptions with 3. While he does lack good speed, which may have been the main reason his draft stock feel, he makes up for it with solid tackling and good ball instincts. He was a 3 year college starter. An ankle injury kept him sidelined durin 4 games this season.
12 games, 10 starts, 47 tackles; 3 INTs
Grade B+

5th Round, 142nd pick
Cameron Sheffield LB Troy

Sheffield's rookie season only lasted 3 preseason games. During the August 27th game against the Eagles, Sheffield suffered a neck injury that landed him on injured reserve for the season. Last month doctors gave the rookie LB a clean bill of health and he is expected to be at 100% in time for training camp.
Grade Incomplete

Kansas City's draft class was very productive this season, only the Patriots got more starts out of their rookie players (57 starts to the Chiefs 51 starts). Any draft that can produce 3 immediate starters and a potential for 2-3 more in future seasons has to be considered a very succesful draft.

Overal Grade for 2010 Chiefs Draft B

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