2010 NFL Draft: Eric Berry Has Limitless Choices for Teams

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 2: Defensive back Eric Berry of Tennessee runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Amongst all the Tim Tebow speculation that is circling around the Bleacher Report community at the moment, many great prospects are going unnoticed.  With little more than a month left to go on the countdown to the 2010 NFL Draft, things are beginning to heat up in the world of professional football.

One man that seems to be taking the pressure fairly well though is former Tennessee Volunteers safety Eric Berry. 

Although the speculation in regards to Berry hasn't been greatly overdone, many NFL fans believe that Berry will land in the laps of a high performing team, rather than an underperforming team that is need of a key defensive back.

Whichever approach you take, Berry is among the standouts of this year's NFL Draft. The cream of the crop, some people may say.  So it is easy to see why so many teams have raised their hand in the air when talk of considering Eric Berry has arisen.

Personally though, I feel that this year's NFL Draft is a little topsy turvey.  It almost seems that the premier athletes with actual talent go unnoticed, while questionable players such as Tim Tebow take the spotlight.  However, I guess that is for another article.

Back to the main point, where will Eric Berry land in 2010?  With basically all 32 teams willing and ready to take a shot at signing the former superstar Volunteer, realistically this article could turn into a novel. 

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After researching various forums, websites, and opinions I have formed a basic understanding of where Eric would be best off.  The Kansas City Chiefs.

Yes, the Chiefs.  At the moment they haven't made a whimper this offseason.  Although, it seems every time we count Kansas City out, they make a blockbuster deal in April that surprises a few people.  Maybe Eric Berry will be just that surprise.

After running a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, Eric would bring a new found urgency to the Chiefs defense that has been lacking in recent  years.  Earlier this year I speculated Oklahoma Sooners tight end Jermaine Gresham possibly signing with the Chiefs, and after further review defense must come first for the Kansas City Chiefs.

With Matt Cassell having his run of the mill in Chief land at the moment, his performance hasn't been really "all together" just yet.  With fans still waiting to see the old New England Patriots days shine out of Cassell, Eric could shift the focus to the defensive side of the ball, and in the long run hopefully make some big plays.

For those fans out there that don't catch too many college games during the year, watching tape of Eric Berry cover wide receivers brings back memories of Charles Woodson in his days with Michigan.

Pick-sixes, unimaginable athleticism, and a new found exuberance for the game, Eric Berry would be a gem for any team in the NFL.

The Chiefs, the Cowboys, the Rams—it doesn't matter.  Eric Berry is a future superstar, and the fact that he has outdone himself in a struggling Lane Kiffin riddled Tennessee Volunteer's program simply doesn't do his young career justice.

Majoring in psychology, Berry is with the smarter bunch of football players.  During a crazy week of free agency signings, it is understandable that Berry has gone unnoticed.  Let's just hope that the league doesn't eat this potential defensive player of the year up. 

His talent sure could be handy.