2010 NFL Draft: Iowa's Pat Angerer a Good Fit for Kansas City Chiefs?

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2010 NFL Draft: Iowa's Pat Angerer a Good Fit for Kansas City Chiefs?
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During his time at Iowa, Pat Angerer became Mr. Quotable.

There's the quote about his best friend, the thumb-less dog. There's another quote about his girlfriend's green bean casserole. There is even a quote about choking the backup quarterback unconscious.

He isn't the typical linebacker, personality wise, which is something that Hawkeye fans have grown to love about him over the years.

Lately, life has been a little different for Angerer. A good different.

The night the Hawkeyes dismantled Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl, Angerer proposed to his girlfriend of the past six years, Mary. She said yes.

Angerer was also recently recognized at his high school alma mater in Bettendorf, IA. They held Pat Angerer Night, where they presented him with a plaque and a banner saying, "Pat Angerer ... born to wear black and gold." He signed hundreds of autographs and took hundreds of photos.

"This is crazy," Angerer said of the event. "I never could have envisioned anything like this. This community has just been so supportive of me." 

Angerer has also signed with an agent, Jack Bechta.  That's a good thing, as there are no shortage of NFL teams interested in him.

Realistically, Angerer is the fourth or fifth best linebacker in the draft. 

His 145 tackles on the season rank sixth nationally. To go along with the tackles, he also has five tackles for loss, one sack, an interception, six pass break-ups, and two forced fumbles in 13 games.

Some analysts think he's slightly undersized to play middle linebacker in the NFL. He stands 6’1'' and weighs in at 235 pounds. It is important to note that some analysts thought the same thing about Chad Greenway.

What he might not have in size, he makes up for this with great instincts. He is a good run defender and very effective in pass coverage, not to mention a hard hitter. 

So, which NFL teams need help the most from a player like Angerer?

The Kansas City Chiefs might look to pick up a linebacker this year in the draft. The Chiefs can use another outside linebacker to replace aging veteran Mike Vrabel. They also need help at the inside linebacker position.

Don't be surprised if they use their third round pick (No. 69 overall) on a Hawkeye.

Angerer would make a nice fit in Kansas City, where the tackling stats among current linebackers could use some improvement. The Chiefs would benefit from a fast inside linebacker who can fill gaps and tackle like a madman.

The Scott-Pioli-Kirk-Ferentz connection could also bolster the case for KC drafting Angerer. Scott Pioli and Kirk Ferentz have been friends for awhile, and Ferentz sings Angerer praises loudly. This could help KC look in the direction of Angerer over other linebackers in the draft.

Don't believe me?  A few die-hard Chiefs fans support the theory.

"He is an extremely smart player who can read and react as good if not better than any linebacker in the country," writes Brandon Spano of ChiefsCrowd.com, a Chiefs fan site. "This is almost a replica of what Scott Pioli talks about in a football player." 

Some online NFL mock drafts also suggest a few other teams might be interested. The Atlanta Falcons, the San Diego Chargers, and the Arizona Cardinals might also be in the mix for a linebacker in the middle rounds of the draft.

The NFL draft will kick off in a few months, on Thursday, April 22.

That's when Angerer will find out if Kansas City is truly interested in him.

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