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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Report Card for the Kansas City Chiefs Rounds 2-3

KC addressed their OLB need with selecting pass-rushing specialist Justin Houstin with their first of two picks in the third round on Friday.
KC addressed their OLB need with selecting pass-rushing specialist Justin Houstin with their first of two picks in the third round on Friday.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IApril 30, 2011

The Kansas City Chiefs began Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft still having many needs to fill for their roster.

Some of these needs included C, OLB, WR and DT.

With their only second-round pick, they decided to address their need at the center position, by selecting former Florida State C/G Rodney Hudson.

Hudson is a very talented player, who was named a first-team All-American in both '09 and '10, while picking up All-ACC honors in each of his four seasons for the Seminoles.

He also is very disciplined, as he was flagged only four times and gave up just one sack during his four-year reign on FSU's offensive line.

He should be able to step in and immediately contribute to the team, as he is already being projected as the Chiefs starting center for the '11 season, with incumbent C Casey Wiegmann not currently under contract for the upcoming year.

Second-Round Grade: A

The Chiefs addressed a need at center with the addition of Houston, which will only strengthen their running and passing game in the future.


In KC's first third-round selection, they decided go with stud DE/OLB Justin Houston out of the University of Georgia.

Houston certainly fills a position of need, as the Chiefs have been vying for another pass-rusher opposite Tamba Hali.

Houston proved that he could get after the QB in college, as he accumulated 19 sacks in his three years at Georgia, including 10 last season.

He is known for his speed off the edge, and should be used in several blitz packages as a part of the Chiefs defense in the future.

With the Chiefs' final third-round pick, they went with DE Allen Bailey from the U.

Bailey, like Houston, is known for his great pass-rushing skills as he also picked up 19 sacks during his college career for the Hurricanes.

He is also a very gifted athlete, and at 6'6, 288 lbs, he will provide some much needed size on the Chiefs defensive line.

This is easily the most puzzling pick of the three selections made by the Chiefs on day two of the draft, since they already have two young DE starters in Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson already on their current roster.

If anything, Bailey will provide some depth for the Chiefs defensive line, with a possibility of becoming a starter in the future.

Third-Round Grade: B

Houston was a solid pick for KC's defense, but Bailey's selection is questionable considering the Chiefs have a bigger need for a NT right now.

Overall Day Two Grade: B+

The Chiefs had a successful day two of the 2011 NFL Draft, as they will able to get two new starters with Hudson and Houston, and potentially a third with Bailey.

All three players addressed needs in different ways and it gives KC more options heading into the final four rounds tomorrow, knowing that they have already addressed several areas of need so far in this draft.

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