Kansas City Chiefs
2010 NFL Draft Analysis
Round (17-32) |
2nd Round |
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| Top Free Agents
Eric Berry, S Tennessee 6-0, 211
Overall Pick No. 5 CFN Overall Ranking: 2
Merry Christmas. Ndamukong Suh might be the best combination of safe and talented, and Berry is No. 1A. There’s absolutely no down side to him, and he fills in an instant need for a Kansas City team that’ll get about ten more minutes of production from Mike Brown before he breaks down. There might have been some great tackle prospects available, another Chief need, but there’s no arguing whatsoever with taking Berry.
An almost perfect free safety prospect, Berry is 4.47 fast, strong (with 19 reps on the bench at the Combine), and with a phenomenal 43” vertical leaping ability. As good as the measureables are, the game film is better. An ultra-productive playmaker who was always making things happen, he can do it all with great open-field tackling ability and a ball-hawking attitude when the ball is in the air. Durability could be an issue considering the way he attacks, but if he can stay healthy there’s a chance he could turn out to be the best player in the draft.
CFN Projection: First Round
Dexter McCluster, RB Ole Miss 5-9, 172
Overall Pick No. 36 CFN Overall Ranking: 89
Are the Chiefs really good enough to afford a luxury? They already have Jamaal Charles and they just brought in Thomas Jones, and McCluster is nothing more than ten-touch-a-game return man third down weapon. He could flourish in the job, but the Chiefs could’ve used some offensive tackle help.
What are you going to do with him? He’s not an NFL running back, and was kept in a box at Ole Miss until he was needed (the coaching staff didn’t want him to get hurt), he has the potential to be an NFL receiver, he has the hands for it, but he’s not particularly fast (running a slow 4.53), he’s way too small to take any sort of a pounding, and he’ll be limited in what he can do outside of a specialist role; he’s only going to work if he can have plays designed just for him. However, he’s extremely quick on the field, did everything fine at the Combine other than run the 40, and he can be used as a returner and will be seen as a jack-of-all-trades. It would be nice if he was faster, though.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Second Round (from Atlanta)
Javier Arenas, CB/PR Alabama 5-9, 197
Overall Pick 50 CFN Overall Ranking: 161
The Chiefs are like the guy in Scrabble who hoards all the Us so the guy with a Q is screwed. It’s not enough to get Dexter McCluster early; KC is obviously concerned about returning kicks by loading up on special teamers. Arenas is short and slow, but he’ll have Eric Berry to clean up his messes.
Strong with a fantastic burst and sudden quickness, he’s a good prospect with the skills to potentially be a decent NFL corner. However, he’ll make it on his return ability. He’s an aggressive defender who isn’t afraid to mix it up, he’s a pure football player who does everything naturally. Technique-wise, he has a problem and isn’t a No. 1 NFL corner. He could be put on the outside from time to time, but not on a regular basis. His money will be made as a returner and as a nickel defender who’ll grow into a big hitter.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Jon Asamoah, OG Illinois 6-4, 305
Overall Pick 68 CFN Overall Ranking: 124
It’s not the sexiest of picks, but he’s the type of building block who could hang around for KC for the next ten years as long as he’s not being asked to do too much. If he has to be a blaster for the running game, it’s not going to work, but he can work on the move in the Chief ground attack.
While he’s not massive, he has decent size and excellent quickness. He’s perfect for a zone-blocking scheme and can get around and do what he needs to, but he’s not a finesse player. While he was good for the Illini, he wasn’t dominant against linemen with any talent. He can’t be a star on a line, but he can be a cog who fits in with more talented players around him.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Third Round (from Minnesota)
Tony Moeaki, TE Iowa 6-3, 245
Overall Pick 93 CFN Overall Ranking: 152
If he can stay healthy, he’s the tight end the Chief offense has been missing since losing Tony Gonzalez. When he plays he has the potential to be every bit as good as Jermaine Gresham and Rob Gronkowski, but he can’t be counted on to play for a full season.
The big concern is his durability, but other than that he has the potential to be a solid No. 2 tight end. A good receiver, he showed good quickness at the Combine and caught everything thrown his way. While he’s not huge and he’s not a top blocker, he’s big enough to give a few matchup problems. You name the body part and he has probably had some issue with it.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
Kendrick Lewis, S Ole Miss 6-0, 198
Overall Pick 136 CFN Overall Ranking: 187
The Chiefs might have their safeties for the next ten years with Eric Berry and Lewis … at least that’s the hope. Lewis isn’t NFL fast, but he could be helped by being next to Berry. While he’s not a great athlete, he’ll get a chance to be a run stopper in the KC 3-4 defense.
An underappreciated leader who produced at a high level for a decent Ole Miss defense. Fast on the field, he moves well and was good at making the key plays. However, he wasn’t fast in workouts coming up with a disastrous 4.72 at the Combine while laboring through the short drills. The mediocre athleticism and the corner body type limits his potential, and he’s not a physical enough hitter to be intimidating in any way. He’ll work to try to make a roster, but he’ll have to show something big early in a camp to find a spot.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round
Fifth Round (from Miami)
Cameron Sheffield, OLB Troy 6-2, 257 (DE)
Overall Pick 142 CFN Overall Ranking: 235
The Chiefs continue to pick up players to pressure the ball. The defensive line is a need, but finding a pass rushing outside linebacker is also a must. KC got both, and while Sheffield can’t run all that well and might not have elite skills, he could turn into a decent, disruptive backup with the right role.
A disastrous 4.9 40 at the Combine killed his potential as an outside linebacker, but he’s too light to be a regular defensive end. However, he’s a good pass rusher and is smart enough to make things happen on the move. He’ll need time to learn how to play outside linebacker and might need at least a year to figure out what he’s doing. The upside is there for a prospect with just enough talent to become a dangerous strongside linebacker.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round