Kansas City Chiefs: Four Starters From First Two Days Of 2010 NFL Draft

Russell FikeCorrespondent IApril 24, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 02:  Dexter McCluster #22 of the Mississippi Rebels runs the ball against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 2, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After two days of the NFL draft, fans will nitpick every selection.

But ultimately, these are the new Kansas City Chiefs and it makes more sense to examine their usefulness to the team than to denigrate the front office.

Despite teams like the Lions and the 49ers immediately improving their squads on day one, I have still heard fans call in on radio talk shows disappointed and doubting.

It’s easy to discontent  I mean imagine the frustration every fan feels because Scott Pioli makes the picks and you or I don’t. 

Regardless of one’s opinions of the 2010 Kansas City draft, it’s easy to see how the Chiefs got as many as four new starters in the first two days.


Eric Berry:

The obvious pick to start as a dual strong and free safety, as head coach Todd Haley has expressed he doesn’t believe in limiting a safety to one of the two typical positions.  Rather, he believes in today’s NFL that safeties have to be able to act as either a free or strong safety at any given moment.

Berry is an electrifying player who hits bigger than his size.  He is a turnover machine and will change games with key interceptions.  Exceptional with the ball in his hands, it would be no surprise if Berry scored multiple defensive touchdowns even as a rookie.


Dexter McCluster:

With the emergence of Jamaal Charles, many are disappointed in this pick.  However, McCluster will seldom be seen in the Kansas City backfield.  Rather, he is Kansas City’s new slot receiver.

An immediate upgrade from Bobby Wade, the sure-handed, electric, dynamo becomes a premiere choice of Matt Cassel

With an abysmal yards-per-completion in 2009, Cassel should see that stat improve with a player who is exceptional after the catch.

Many have pegged Jordan Shipley as the next Wesley Welker.  However, Shipley is probably slightly worse after the catch.  McCluster is even better.

Look for McCluster to exploit underneath routes much like Welker, but to turn short catches into significant gains.  KC will not look for McCluster to bust an 80 yard play, but to turn a four yard catch into a twelve yard gain will get Kansas City first downs galore.


Javier Arenas:

This pick is the most puzzling to me.  However, Kansas City has someone to challenge Brandon Carr for a starting spot, but Arenas will immediately become Kansas City’s nickel corner.

Maurice Legget may find himself permanently moved to a backup safety role as Arenas will get on the field in 2010 as a corner for the Chiefs.

Chiefs fans can expect a playmaker who is capable of making the interception, but who is an even better tackler.  His team’s second leading tackler as a senior, Arenas can help limit the number of big pass plays Kansas City conceded in 2009.

Where Arenas may be better than any defensive back in this draft is his ability to blitz from his corner spot.  Expect Arenas to help solve some of Kansas City’s pass rush woes by providing a different dynamic to the pass rush.

Perhaps most importantly is Arenas can assume the kick return duties and leave McCluster fresh for the offense.


Jon Asamoah:

A three-year starter at right offensive guard for the Illinois Fighting Illini, Asamoah is a bright offensive lineman who plays with a mean streak.

Fans have to wonder if the 6’4" 305 pound Asamoah is immediately capable of manning the right tackle position.  If so, Kansas City has rounded out their offensive line for 2010.  Otherwise, expect him to be in rotation at guard and step in as a full-time starter as soon as next year.


Tony Moeaki:

The Iowa tight end was stuck behind All-American tight end Scott Chandler for much of his collegiate career.

However, when given the opportunity to play, Moeaki posted reasonable receiving numbers (always had at least 11 yards per reception) and is a more-than-capable blocker.

Moeaki may be a bit of an old-school tight end in his ability to catch and block, he was an all Big Ten conference first-teamer at the tight end position.

Moeaki will challenge Brad Cottam and Leonard Pope to immediately start at tight end in 2010 and is a favorite to supplant any tight end currently on the KC roster. 


Side Notes:

It seems this draft has seen Scott Pioli be able to match the high character guys he covets with a significant amount of athletic talent.  So often it appears teams must compromise, but multiple of Kansas City’s selections were team captains.

Kansas City is getting a locker room makeover as they pick dynamic overachievers, guys who aren’t limited to a single position, but are limited only to the label of, “football player.”  


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