2010 NFL Draft Is Berry Good to the Kansas City Chiefs

James AdkinsCorrespondent IIApril 22, 2010

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 10:  Defensive back Eric Berry of the Tennessee Volunteers poses with the Jim Thorpe Award trophy during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards at the Disney Boardwalk on December 10, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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New Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has a new quarterback for his defense: Eric Berry, the All-Everything strong safety from the University of Tennessee

In Berry, the Chiefs are getting a three-time All-American who was regarded by most scouts and draft experts as either the first- or second-best prospect in this year's NFL Draft. 

Blessed with fantastic speed (4.47 40-yard dash) and instincts for a safety, Berry's athleticism and mechanically sound technique make it possible for him to excel at corner or safety for the Chiefs.  

In 2009, the Chiefs' pass defense was victimized by the likes of Miles Austin (250 yds), Jabar Gaffney (213 yds), DeSean Jackson (149 yds), Vincent Jackson (142 yds), and Mike Sims-Walker (147 yds) to name a few. 

Berry will step into the defensive lineup on day one and replace veteran Mike Brown as the Chiefs' starting strong safety.

While he'll likely be spending much of his time roaming centerfield in the Chiefs secondary, he can also line up man-to-man against the NFL's best slot receivers and tight ends, something that's of particular importance since Kansas City plays Antonio Gates and the San Diego Chargers twice a year. 

Perhaps the biggest playmaker selected by the Chiefs since they drafted Derrick Thomas in 1989, Berry drastically improves Kansas City's defense for 2010.