2012 NFL Draft: 5 Defensive Playmakers K.C. Chiefs Absolutely Must Consider

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Defensive Playmakers K.C. Chiefs Absolutely Must Consider
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In seven of the last 10 drafts, the Kansas City Chiefs spent their first draft pick on a defensive player. The Chiefs have had hapless luck with defensive players early in the draft.

Those seven draft picks consist of Ryan Sims, Junior Siavii (round two), Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson and Eric Berry.

Under Scott Pioli as the general manager, who came away with a huge draft pick in Berry, the Chiefs have a chance to turn draft picks like Sims, Siavii, Dorsey and Jackson into long-distant memory. Pioli will need to evaluate talent carefully. Especially when it comes to defensive linemen, where the Chiefs have had unfortunate struggles in that position through the draft.

Since drafting Johnson in 2005, the Chiefs did not draft a linebacker until Cameron Sheffield in 2010 (this excludes Hali, who was drafted as a defensive end in 2006 before switching to outside linebacker in 2009.) The Chiefs may want to consider a linebacker in this year's draft.

Kansas City's defense has came away with some big games this season. The Chiefs can add a few more playmakers and make the Chiefs a force to be reckoned in the league.

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