I would be lying if I told you I wasn't a little disappointed with the last couple of days. I was expecting fireworks and the Chiefs being the mover and shaker in the draft.
The Chiefs moved once in the seventh round. That is not what I consider fireworks.
The bright side to it all is the Chiefs traded Patrick Chung (SS, Oregon) to New England for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel. If the Chiefs made no other selections, this draft would have been successful, with the acquisition of two great players who will impact how the Chiefs do this season.
Tyson Jackson, DE: 6'4", 295, LSU
Day one had just that, one—one pick that was surprising. The Chiefs passed on Aaron Curry and selected Tyson Jackson. Tyson is 6'4", 295 from LSU. He will fit right into the new 3-4 scheme the Chiefs are transitioning to this year.
Tyson is a man of faith. His high school coach told reports that Tyson has an extensive night life. He goes out two times a week: church on Sunday and church on Wednesday.
Another benefit to the Chiefs is that Jackson and Glenn Dorsey have history. They were roommates at LSU, and they pushed each other and made each other better. That newfound comfort zone could break Dorsey out of his shell.
I am disappointed that Curry was not the pick, but Tyson Jackson is quickly growing on me.
Alex Magee, DT: 6'3", 298, Purdue
He is a student of the game. He is a coach on the field. He will know where you should be lined up and make sure everyone is in position. He can and has played on both sides of the ball. He has played RT, DE, and DT. Very good selection and very much a team player.
Donald Washington, CB: 6'1", 197, The Ohio State University
One word for Washington: RAW. He has the potential of being great. He is one of my favorite picks. He has the "IT" everyone talks about. The key will be to give him leadership and the ability to hone those skills to become the next great DB.
Colin Brown, RT: 6'7", 335, Missouri
This guy is huge. He walked past me this year at an MU game, and with pads on, he looked seven-and-a-half feet tall. He is a monster. He looked at me and I almost cried. He was that domineering.
I love this pick. At the right tackle spot, he could become that staple that the Chiefs need on their offensive line. Local kid, local story that will only get better with time
Quinten Lawrence, WR/KR: 6'0", 184, McNeese State
Lawrence has great speed and will be used on special teams to start with. He will be able to compete for a WR position in the future. He was injured for most of his senior season with a calf injury. He dabbled at the DB position because of injuries on defense.
Javarris Williams, RB: 5'10", 223, Tennessee State
His teammates call him "Little Bruiser." He is a beefed-up D. Hall. He carried the ball 900 times in college for over 5,000 all-purpose yards. The Chief Way should be to draft these guys and use them up. Running back by committee. He will be a change of pace back. Very interesting.
Jake O'Connell, TE: 6'3", 250, Miami (OH)
Jake had below average TE stats in his senior season. However, the Chiefs traded into the seventh round to get him. Scott Pioli must have seen something in him.
Mr. Irrelevant, Ryan Succop, K: 6'2", 218, South Carolina
He scored 250 points in his college career. He made 49 field goals and 104 extra points. He will fight for a roster spot. If he makes the team, it will be a feel-good story.
The Chiefs will pick up several rookie free agents over the next few days. It will bring depth to the team and give these guys a real chance to put out the effort required to make the ball club.
Look for the Chiefs to sign Brock Christopher. He is a long snapper from Missouri.
In looking at the draft, I give the Chiefs a B- grade. This will not go down as their best draft, but it might have a lot of impact on how the Chiefs move forward. Look for three or four of the eight players drafted to make an impact this season. Add in Cassel and Vrabel, and it was a good 2009 draft.
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