NFL Draft: Great Options Remain for Kansas City Chiefs in Round Two
After the selection of safety Eric Berry with the fifth overall pick Thursday night, the Chiefs front office was left to wait and see who would be left for them in the second round on Friday.
Aside from the Indianapolis Colts pick of TCU's Jerry Hughes, general manager Scott Pioli and the Chiefs coaching staff has to be doing cartwheels with the talent that is still on the board for the Chiefs in round two.
Here is a quick rundown of the players the Chiefs could be hoping fall to them at the fourth pick of the second round.
OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
Everyone in the Chiefs front office has to be going to bed Thursday night praying that Kindle is still available when the team makes their first selection of round two on Friday.
Projected as a 3-4 OLB who can rush the quarterback and is solid in rush defense, if Kindle falls to the Chiefs, Pioli and company should pounce on the opportunity to draft him.
If they do choose Kindle, he would likely split time or outright win the OLB job from veteran Mike Vrabel, who would be the ideal mentor for him in his development.
OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana
In 41 career starts at the University of Indiana, Saffold played every game at left tackle. If the Chiefs are looking for a candidate to replace Brandon Albert on the left side, Saffold could provide that option.
S Taylor Mays, USC
I know what you're thinking, the Chiefs picked Berry in round one, why in the world would they take Mays in the second?
The truth is that Mays has too much talent to overlook.
If he is still available and the Chiefs select him, he and Berry would provide the Chiefs with the best safety tandem they've had since Deron Cherry and Lloyd Burruss, and one of the best young secondaries in the NFL for 2010.
OLB Daryl Washington, TCU
If Kindle isn't available, the Chiefs will have to take a long hard look at Washington.
Strong against the run, Washington displays good closing speed on the ball carrier and also does a nice job in zone coverage.
Kindle gets the nod over him because he is a better pass rusher.
QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
Sure, the Chiefs traded for Matt Cassel last year and gave him a big contract, but Charlie Weis loves Jimmy Clausen.
Clausen was only the most productive quarterback in Notre Dame history, and he did it in just three years. The kid was born and bred to be an NFL quarterback, and it's an absolute travesty that the kid is still on the board.
Even if he doesn't really fill an immediate need for the Chiefs, you have to think Weis will be doing some lobbying Friday night with Pioli and Haley if Clausen is still available when the Chiefs pick.
WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
The Chiefs are still in need of a slot receiver and Benn could be just what the doctor ordered.
At Illinois, the only thing that held Benn back was the quarterback play of Juice Williams.
As a receiver who's not afraid to go over the middle, and who is dangerous with the ball in his hands after the catch, Benn would appear to be the perfect compliment to Chiefs wide receivers Chris Chambers and Dwayne Bowe.
OT Charles Brown, USC
Brown has been predominantly a left tackle in college, although he has spent some time at right tackle for the Trojans.
While he ultimately could provide the Chiefs with the option of moving Albert from left tackle to another spot on the offensive line, he could certainly step in and start at right tackle this season.