It's been said many times before, but it bears repeating: Kirk Ferentz knows how to pick NFL-caliber tight ends.
Prior to this year, every starting tight end coached by Ferentz at Iowa has gone on to the NFL. That trend continues this year as the Kansas City Chiefs used the No. 93 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft to select Iowa's Tony Moeaki.
Moeaki is a complete, every-down-type tight end with tremendous upside, something the Chiefs are sorely in need of. He should get a chance for immediate playing time, as neither Brad Cottam or Leonard Pope distinguished themselves this past season.
At 6'4'', 250 lbs, the all-Big Ten first-team selection has the size it takes to make it as a starter in the NFL. And that size doesn't slow him down at all, either.
Because of several injuries at Iowa, his durability was in question. At the NFL combine and Iowa pro day performances, he attempted to answer those questions.
Moeaki recorded one of the top four fastest times by a tight end this year at the combine. His 4.69 40-yard dash was tied for fourth fastest among tight ends and his 9'5'' broad jump was tied for fifth best.
He has great blocking ability to go along with good hands, and he can run precise routes quickly.
"This kid has talent," proclaimed ESPN's Mel Kiper. "He ran a 4.69 40 at the combine, has a 34 vertical ... As long as he can stay on the field, he will be a productive player for the Kansas City Chiefs."
The Kansas City Chiefs traded up to draft the Hawkeye in the third round. Moeaki visited with the Chiefs before the draft, along with several other teams.
Scott Pioli proved character counts for something in Kansas City. Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster, Javier Arenas, Jon Asamoah and Moeaki are players all known for their character as well as their talent.
Chiefs fans might be skeptical of the Big Mo, but he will quickly convince them this fall.