When Scott Pioli took over as General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs in January 2009, he said the new Chiefs teams were going to consist of fast, smart, strong, tough, and physical football players.
His first draft in 2009 turned many heads, but has only surfaced one impact player so far in kicker Ryan Succop.
Pioli's second draft with KC started on Thursday, April 22nd, and ended last Saturday, the 24th. After evaluating all of Pioli's picks, I have come up with these grades for KC's new rookie draft class:
First-round pick: S Eric Berry: A+
An excellent pick every way you look at it. Berry is going to be a great pro and is a stand-up guy. This could very well be the best defensive player that the Chiefs will be getting since they had a guy named Derrick Thomas roaming the middle of the defense.
Berry has the ability to be a shut-down safety, has excellent ball-hawking skills, and could lay some devastating hits on opposing offensive players.
He is also widely known as an excellent leader and role model on and off the football field. I can't say enough how much I loved this pick.
Second-round pick: RB/WR Dexter McCluster: B
I give this pick a B for a number of reasons. I, like many others, was expecting a MLB, ILB, or a DT with this pick. Heck, I even could have easily seen us getting WR Golden Tate out of Notre Dame.
When I first heard that we had drafted McCluster, I wasn't a big fan, but after watching video on this guy and looking into him more, I believe that this was also a very solid pick for Pioli and Co.
McCluster is extremely fast and when he gets in the open field, good luck catching him. He also has excellent hands and vision and should have an immediate impact on the Chiefs' offense.
The only knock is his size, but he is very strong for his size and plays much bigger than his 5'8" frame. He should be very fun to watch for KC this year.
Second-round pick: CB/KR/PR Javier Arenas: B-
I think that Arenas will have much more of an impact than many think. The guy might not start each game, but he will definitely play nickel in many formations and has excellent instincts while he plays.
He blitzed often last year, and picked up five sacks for the Crimson Tide, while also nabbing two interceptions in the National Championship Game against Texas.
He will impact the defense greatly, and with Berry will bring a new element of speed to the KC secondary that Kansas City hasn't seen since the days of James Hasty and Dale Carter.
Third-round pick: G/C Jon Asamoah: A
Asamoah was a great value pick for the Chiefs in the third round. I've seen and read many reports that had him listed as the No. 1- or 2-rated guard in the entire draft.
This guy plays extremely hard, can run block and pass block very well, and will be an immediate upgrade wherever the Chiefs line him up at.
He could play center, where the Chiefs really struggled last year, or he can play guard if Brian Waters begins to show his age and starts to digress. This was another excellent pick by the Chiefs' brass.
Third-round pick: TE Tony Moeaki: B+
Many people have been against this pick of Moeaki, here in the third round. However, I like this guy and think that the can really help this team.
He has had a long history of injury problems, but to be honest, when you get to the third round or later, many draft picks become risks in different ways.
Moeaki has shown that when he is not injured, he can make big plays on the field, and he is an elite blocker and pass catcher. He could be a rookie sleeper for Tight Ends this season.
Fifth-round pick: S Kendrick Lewis: C
I think that Lewis will help out the Chiefs down the road, but unless this guy steps up a lot, I dont see him being a stand-out this season unless there is an injury here or there.
I see him mainly providing depth for Berry/Page. He could surprise some and battle for a starting spot, but I see him mainly as a back-up for depth purposes, which is what many players end up being who are drafted this late.
Fifth-round pick: OLB Cameron Sheffield: B
Sheffield could be a solid pass rusher in the NFL in the future. After looking through his college stats, he put up some good numbers in the sack department, but it's just hard to tell how that will translate into NFL stats.
If anything, the Chiefs could rotate him in on passing downs just to rush the opposing QB. All in all, I believe that he will have an impact on this team.
Overall Draft Grade: B
I think this was a successful draft overall for KC, and if the Chiefs can get a few more free agents on the defensive side of the ball this offseason, then this team could be very well set up for this season and beyond.