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ESPN's draft expert has come out with a midseason review of each NFL team and their likely first choice.


David Wilson Signs With New York Giants, Becomes Latest First Round Choice With Contract

It might not be long until Dontari Poe is officially signed in Kansas City given the contracts that have now been signed around him. Other defensive linemen like Melvin Ingram in San Diego and Bruce Irvin in Seattle have signed and Luke Kuechly has also agreed to terms at the draft position just two slots above him. While Stephon Gilmore and Fletcher Cox remain unsigned (as do most first round choices at this point), the Chiefs and Poe should come to terms soon enough.

David Wilson is the latest to sign with the New York Giants and more names should start rolling in. Here's a complete look at first round draft picks and their terms.

Pk Player Pos. Team Status Contract
1. Andrew Luck QB Indianapolis Unsigned
2. Robert Griffin III QB Washington Unsigned
3. Trent Richardson RB Cleveland Unsigned
4. Matt Kalil OT Minnesota Unsigned
5. Justin Blackmon WR Jacksonville Unsigned
6. Morris Claiborne CB Dallas Unsigned
7. Mark Barron SS Tampa Bay Unsigned
8. Ryan Tannehill QB Miami Unsigned
9. Luke Kuechly LB Carolina Agreed to terms Four years, $12.58 million
10. Stephon Gilmore CB Buffalo Unsigned
11. Dontari Poe DT Kansas City Unsigned
12. Fletcher Cox DT Philadelphia Unsigned
13. Michael Floyd WR Arizona Unsigned
14. Michael Brockers DT St. Louis Unsigned
15. Bruce Irvin DE Seattle Agreed to terms Terms undisclosed
16. Quinton Coples DE N.Y. Jets Unsigned
17. Dre Kirkpatrick CB Cincinnati Unsigned
18. Melvin Ingram LB San Diego Agreed to terms Four years, $8.4 million
19. Shea McClellin DE Chicago Unsigned
20. Kendall Wright WR Tennessee Unsigned
21. Chandler Jones DE New England Unsigned
22. Brandon Weeden QB Cleveland Unsigned
23. Riley Reiff OT Detroit Unsigned
24. David DeCastro G Pittsburgh Unsigned
25. Dont'a Hightower LB New England Unsigned
26. Whitney Mercilus DE Houston Unsigned
27. Kevin Zeitler G Cincinnati Unsigned
28. Nick Perry DE Green Bay Unsigned
29. Harrison Smith FS Minnesota Unsigned
30. A.J. Jenkins WR San Francisco Unsigned
31. Doug Martin RB Tampa Bay Unsigned
32. David Wilson RB N.Y. Giants Agreed to terms

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: CBS Sports Has Chiefs Taking Matt Barkley At No. 1 Overall

It's hard to tell what's more surprising when reading the latest 2013 NFL Mock Draft from CBS Sports: the idea that the Kansas City Chiefs are selecting first overall or that two people actually agree on this opinion. Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both sign their name on the prediction that the Kansas City Chiefs will be picking first in the 2013 NFL Draft. If that's the case, it's likely to be a Washington Redskins-like leap up the draft board to get Matt Barkley more than any last place performance.

It's hard to believe this loaded Chiefs team is going to finish anywhere close to worst in the league, and most mock drafts have the Chiefs around the early 20s. Instead, Rang and Brugler both have the Chiefs at first overall taking Barkley as their quarterback of the future. The Chiefs taking a franchise quarterback next year in the first round is not a new idea. Taking Barkley at No. 1 is, however.

Rang writes, "Should Matt Cassell return to his level of play in 2010 in which he helped the Chiefs win the AFC West, the team won't be looking for help at quarterback. If he doesn't, Kansas City may not have to trade up to be in position to land one of the top passers in 2013. Barkley is pro-ready and the odds-on-favorite at this time to be the first pick."

First, it's Cassel not Cassell. Secondly, even if Cassel falls apart, the Chiefs cannot be that bad. Cassel was horrible and then out for half the year last season along with Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki. The Chiefs still finished within a game of the division lead.

Brugler writes, "The Chiefs have quietly built a fairly strong roster and are legitimate contenders in the AFC West. But in this quarterback league, Matt Cassel is the engine that makes the team go and if the Chiefs fail surpass a .500 record in 2012 (for the fifth time in the last six years) then look for Kansas City to look for an upgrade at quarterback."

If the Chiefs want to package multiple picks to get Barkley, that's one thing. For the Chiefs to finish dead last is another. If that happens, expect someone to clean house in the front office and every NFL commentator to have egg on their face because the Chiefs appear loaded for a great run in 2012.

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NFL Draft 2012: Dontari Poe, Bruce Irvin, Quinton Coples Among Prospects With Questions

As Charley Casserly looks over the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, every prospect is going to have some level of question or concern as they make the transition into the NFL. But some will have more than others and Casserly has identified the main concerns in his latest column over at NFL.com.

From Robert Griffin III to the Chiefs Dontari Poe, he believes some will obviously have trouble making it. While he personally likes Poe for the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 11, he recognizes some qeustions.

“He has the ability to be a Pro Bowl nose tackle,” writes Charlie Casserly. "The Chiefs had their pick of all of the tackles in the draft and choose him.

“In the games I watched, Poe played well and hustled. I saw a player who was strong and explosive in his play. He was disruptive. I saw him stuff the run and get pressure on the quarterback. There were times he lost sight but not often enough to cause me a problem. Other people did not see the same effort I saw, thus causing concern.”

The Chiefs certainly hope he can plug the middle. As a three-down defensive lineman, Poe could be an invaluable addition along the line who frees up the guys around him even more than they’ve been in the recent past. If the Chiefs already had a solid defense, they could become an elite unit behind a player like that. Then again, it could be the latest in a long line of high DT draft choices that didn’t pan out in KC.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: De'quan Menzie Could Be Fifth Round 'Steal' For Chiefs, Per Todd McShay

As the 2012 NFL Draft grades and analysis comes out from a busy weekend, it’s clear that not every team is going to be able to win or come out without questions. For the Kansas City Chiefs, most of the ink of columnists is going to the Dontari Poe choice in the first round. However, Todd McShay praises Alabama’s De’quan Menzie as a potential “steal” later in the draft.

McShay writes, “Menzie’s talents fit what NFL teams look for in sub package defensive backs. He has experience lining up over the slot, is one of the most physical corners in the class in run support, and has the size and toughness to handle some of the bigger wideouts and flexed-out tight ends he’ll see in division games. Menzie does have some athletic limitations in man coverage, but he has a chance to be a steal.”

Greg Cosell praised Menzie as the best slot corner in the draft class, and his championship experience under Nick Saban is only going to enhance his ability to make the switch to the pro level quickly. The Chiefs could use that nickel safety and Menzie’s ability to play throughout the secondary should bode well for his chance to not only make the team but make an impact. Great fifth round choice.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Chiefs Selection Of Dontari Poe Called Riskiest Move In Draft

As ESPN’s Bill Williamson surveys the AFC West and how each team fared in the 2012 NFL Draft that ended yesterday after a three day frenzy, there’s a lot to like and dislike given the amount of activity. But when he went to make his call on the riskiest move in the division, he also finds a move that could prove more risk or reward than any other in the entire draft: the Chiefs selection of Dontari Poe in the first round.

Everyone is familiar by now with the incredible NFL Combine performance of Poe as a defensive tackle. He displayed incredible strength and speed, and if that can translate to the pro level then the Chiefs will have what so few teams can boast about: an elite interior defensive lineman.

However, Poe’s game tape rarely showed that sort of disruption on a consistent basis, and certainly the level of competition at Memphis comes into play as well. Scott Pioli definitely went out on a limb here for many draft analysts.

Williamson writes, "But if Poe doesn’t develop, the Chiefs will get heat for not following the general consensus. The team has failed to hit a home run with recent picks on the defensive line, so the Chiefs have to make this work. Kansas City thinks Poe will excel under coach Romeo Crennel because he will concentrate on one position as opposed to having to play several spots as he did in college. If the Chiefs are right, this will be a big score. If not, they’ll be forever reminded of it."

The Chiefs have eliminated many holes so this was a risk worth taking for the front office. Pioli and Romeo Crennel both came out after the first round and were confident in the tape they saw and in their staff to help Poe make the transition. The Chiefs will need to disrupt the pocket in the AFC West against quarterbacks like Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning twice each season. They're hoping they now have their man in the middle.

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NFL Draft 2012: Kansas City Chiefs Unofficial Sign 7 Undrafted Free Agents

The Kansas City Chiefs did not finish their work in the 2012 NFL Draft when they submitted their final card to make the second of their two seventh round selections. Instead, then they had to scramble to finalize invitations and contracts for multiple players known as undrafted free agents — the kind of signings that turn into starts like Jovan Belcher potentially. These signings are just as important as late round picks, since the talent differential is so small between the last tier of players.

NEPatriotsDraft.com is a good site to check out these lists, and they have the Chiefs at an unofficial count of seven. They have a lot less than their AFC West counterparts, including the Chargers who have 13 and Broncos with 11. These names and numbers could change throughout the day until the team officially releases a statement.

Here’s an unofficial list of the Chiefs undrafted free agent signings:
Nate Eachus, RB, Colgate
Josh Bellamy, WR Louisville
Brandon Kinnie, WR Nebraska
Ethan Johnson, DE, Notre Dame
Neiko Thorpe, S, Auburn
Dexter Heyman, LB, Louisville
Cam Holland, OC, UNC

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2012 NFL Draft: Scott Pioli Didn't Even Take Calls For Trade When Jeff Allen Was Available

Despite the run on offensive linemen in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs front office apparently got the guy they wanted in Illinois guard/tackle Jeff Allen. The versatile lineman was one of several taken right in a row, but Scott Pioli said they were targeting him all along and even refused to pick up the phone when it was their turn. They were not going to be swayed by any trade talks.

"We started talking to people about possibly moving up because we knew we wanted Jeff Allen," Pioli said. "Then tackles started going and we were saying, ‘OK, he’s going to go at some point in time,’ but we saw some of the prices that people were asking and it was like, ‘Whoa, wait a second here. Yesterday there were people moving in the first round not even looking for that.’

"So, we had some conversations about possibly moving up, then when we were on the clock, we got a couple of calls. I didn’t even pick up the phone the pick where we took Jeff."

Allen will help provide some depth and even push for playing time with Jon Asamoah and Ryan Lilja at guard. He’s versatile enough to play tackle on both sides, but it’s likely he’ll be an interior lineman for the Chiefs for years to come.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Kansas City Chiefs Reportedly Having 'One Of Best Drafts In Entire League'

It's hard to tell how a team like the Kansas City Chiefs are doing with a draft class like this when it's made up of boring lineman intended to add depth and strength at core positions. While other teams take flashy players, it's easy for a league-wide analyst to gloss over what Scott Pioli's team is doing and move on to something more interesting to discuss. But one NFL Draft analyst loves what the Chiefs are putting together through four rounds, and Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar says Pioli is having "one of the best" classes of anyone.

He writes, "Kansas City plugged the biggest hole on their roster with one of the biggest men in the draft, Dontari Poe. They then added depth to an offensive line that really needed it. With the selection of Wylie, who will be a dangerous slot receiver, the Chiefs are having one of the best drafts in the entire league, in my opinion."

Thus far, the Chiefs have taken
1st Round - Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
2nd Round - Jeff Allen, OG/OT, Illinois
3rd Round - Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma
4th Round - Devon Wylie, KR/WR, Fresno State

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2012 NFL Draft: Best Players Available On Day Three For Chiefs To Consider

Through the first three rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft, nearly 100 players have already come off the board. The common thought is that most of the starters have already been taken and the guys that are left are mostly special teams players with one or two guys who might break through. But remember that many of the difference makers on the Kansas City Chiefs were taken during rounds 4 through 7 in the NFL Draft in the past. Today the team hopes to add a few more.

Here are the top players to look for in day three of the NFL Draft:

Alameda Ta’amu – The Chiefs were often linked with Ta’amu in mock drafts within the first two days, so the fact that the 6-3, 341 lb. defensive tackle is still on the board could signal a solid value for Scott Pioli. Yes, the team has already drafted Dontari Poe, but if they added nearly 700 pounds of promising impact talent in the middle, the Chiefs could be set across the line for years to come and rotational players are always needed.

Lamar Miller – The Chiefs are set from the outside looking in at running back, yet the situation is more fragile than anyone realizes unless you look close. Peyton Hillis has injury concerns and is only a one-year signing. Jamaal Charles is coming off of rehab for a torn ACL. Dexter McCluster can hardly handle the load if needed, and the team could use another draftee at the position. Miller makes a great fit in round 4.

Josh Chapman – We already commented on the defensive line under Ta’amu above, but Chapman was another mid-round DT the Chiefs were linked with often. The Alabama star played through an ACL injury and showed incredible toughness. He’s proven his character and he should be healthy in time for training camp. Plus he’s been coached at the highest level and has championship experience.

Joe Adams – The team said earlier this offseason that adding speed at receiver is always a need. Adams played in Bobby Petrino’s offense at Arkansas and scored 25 touchdowns in his career, including 5 on punt returns. He can help on special teams and add another dimension in the passing game. He’d be a solid grab in the next round or two.

Kirk Cousins – The Michigan State quarterback worked out for the Chiefs already and my gut feeling is that if the Chiefs are going to pull the trigger on a quarterback in this draft, it will be him. If Cousins is taken by another team, then it’s likely the Chiefs will leave the position alone entirely.

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2012 NFL Draft: Highlights Of Kansas City Chiefs 2nd Round Pick Jeff Allen At Illinois

The video department at the University of Illinois posted a highlight video of Chiefs second round pick Jeff Allen on youtube Friday evening, showcasing one of the newest Kansas City players. You can view the video here.

Though Allen was a left tackle at Illinois, he figures to move inside to guard for the Chiefs, where he will likely challenge Ryan Lilja for playing time next season.

Allen seemingly took over as the leader on the offensive line the past two seasons for the Illini after Jon Asamoah graduated, and of course we all know where he is currently playing on Sundays.

If anything, it appears the Chiefs have taken a versatile player who can play both guard and tackle, and on either side of the offensive line.

While neither Allen or Stephenson will step in as starters in 2012, it appears that Kansas City is building depth which it has badly needed since the days of stout lines featuring like Willie Roaf, Will Shields, and Brian Waters.


2012 Draft: Donald Stephenson Speechless About Being Drafting By His Hometown Kansas City Chiefs

"I'm speechless, I love the Chiefs. I've always love them. Having the chance to play in my hometown in huge."

That is what the newest Chief, offensive lineman Donald Stephenson told the Kansas City Star after the Chiefs used the 74th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to select the former Kansas City Central and Blue Springs prep.

Coming out of high school, the current 6'6" 307 lb offensive lineman was the seventh rated high school player in the state of Missouri by Rivals.com back in 2007.

With the Chiefs having selected Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Allen in the second round, the Chiefs likely found their top reserves at both guard and tackle.

Going into the 2012 season, the Chiefs appear like they will head into the season with an offensive line of Branden Albert and Eric Winston at the tackles, Ryan Lilja and Jon Asamoah on the inside at guard, and second year player Rodney Hudson at center.

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2012 NFL Draft Recap: Day Two Belongs To The Offensive Line For The Kansas City Chiefs

Coming into Friday evening I expected (and hoped) that the Kansas City Chiefs would draft an offensive lineman, however I didn't expect the Chiefs would use both their second and third round selections of offensive lineman.

It seemed like the Chiefs reached a bit on Illinois lineman Jeff Allen and did so even more with the choosing of Oklahoma offensive tackle Donald Stephenson.

The popular website Walter Football gave the drafting of Stephenson a C- grade as they said:

"Another tackle? Donald Stephenson fits the range and could even emerge as a potential starting left tackle, but then what did Kansas City draft Jeff Allen for? I don't think you take a backup tackle in Day 2. "

While it's great to see the Chiefs stack up on depth (hey anything is better than Barry Richardson, right), offensive line isn't the only area that the Chiefs need to build depth at. And as previously stated, do you really take a backup offensive lineman in day two? I can picture one, but not two.

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Kansas City Hall of Fame Candidate WIll Shields Announces Chiefs' Second Round Pick

Thanks to the wonders of youtube and the internet, we have video of the Kansas City Chiefs using the 44th overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft to take Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Allen.

Fittingly the selection was announced by one of the greatest Kansas City offensive lineman of all-time: Will Shields.

Shields, who retired after the 2006 season, has been operating his own indoor sports facility in Overland Park, Kansas. His greatest football achievement may have come just recently when on March 3rd it was announced that Shields would be inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame, in addition to him being named a first-ballot finalist for the 2012 NFL Hall of Fame class.

If Allen is even half as good as Shields was during his NFL career, Allen will be a solid player in the league.

You can view the video of Shields announcing the pick here.

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2012 NFL Draft: Getting To Know New Chiefs OL Jeff Allen

The Kansas City Chiefs actually followed the expectations set before them in the second round with the selection of Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Allen. There's been a long run of tackles and guards this round already, so it's not surprising to see the Chiefs getting a player while they can. Allen is a respected player expected to go about this time, and Scouts, Inc. even had a mock draft that predicted this move for the Chiefs.

Allen played tackle at Illinois on both sides and was second team all Big Ten. Wes Bunting has him moving inside at the pro level and writes, "He's not an overpowering run blocker, but can bend, gain leverage and seal inside. He's smooth and coordinated in pass protection, can keep his base down and warrants a higher grade because of it. Needs to play inside at the next level, but looks like a guy who can start in the league."

At 6-5, 315 lbs, Allen has a nice frame and will instantly add much needed depth to the offensive interior. Whether or not he can take over for Ryan Lilja remains to be seen.

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2012 NFL Draft: Round 1 Reflections, Thoughts And Points Worth Making

Every NFL Draft column is the same today. Let me guess, dear sportswriter. You are going to choose five teams and call them winners. You'll choose another five and call them losers. You'll apply a school-like grading scale to each team's choice at the end of April. After reading through 30 such articles myself, it seems that some points need to be made not only about last night's first round but also about this entire process.

These thoughts are random and hold no more value than those of anyone else. At the very least, I'm not saying the Colts earned a B+ or calling the Cowboys big winners because they took a guy they never spoke with.

1. What The Tight End Is NOT Going On Here...
They say the NFL is a copycat league. After the New England Patriots made every defense shudder with the thought of having to cover both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez ever again, the prediction was that many teams would grab a tight end as a major offensive priority. The Broncos reportedly need a new Dallas Clark for Peyton Manning. The Giants were supposed to take Coby Fleener at 32.

Instead, the position went untouched just like last year when Kyle Rudolph was taken in the middle of the second round. Two years in a row and every tight end was told to have a seat. In short, it seems not everyone simply mimics what Bill Belichick does as their draft strategy.

2. Passivity Gets You Nowhere
The teams that seemed the happiest on draft night were the ones who knew who they wanted and did what they needed to get him. The Cowboys sacrificed a second rounder to get their corner. The Jags leapfrogged to grab their playmaker. The Browns gave up three extra picks to mosey up one spot. And, of course, the Patriots identified two pass rushers and moved up to get them. The rewards in each case were worth it for the team that knew exactly what they needed.

This also means that the Chiefs graciously declined two opportunities to move down in order to stand their ground and take the best 3-4 defensive tackle on the board. Whether it's a trade or a non-trade, decisive teams walked away happy. Meanwhile, teams like the Ravens were forced to move back because the guys they wanted were gone. Are the Jets happy with Quinton Coples after they failed to move up after reports said they were trying all night? The best teams know what they want and get where they need to be.

3. Instant Grades Are Useless
Here's the bottom line on "grades" at this point: they're good for entertainment only and hold zero merit whatsoever. Think about this: the guys who make the calls here have insider access at all levels, endless game tape, years upon years of training and their very livelihood depends on their ability to make the correct choice. They've researched, interviewed, analyzed, compared and then repeated the process all over again.

Let's take the Chiefs, for example. For Scott Pioli to officially choose Dontari Poe, the Chiefs front office likely had to find some consensus among multiple coaches, scouts and front office personnel. They know the exact schemes they want to run, they know what they already have on hand, and they know the opponents they have to face. It's also what they do 24/7. For fans to moan over any pick is an exercise in futility no matter how much of a stretch it seems.

4. New Faces In Means Old Faces Out
As Morris Claiborne enters, Michael Jenkins must be leaving. As Brandon Weeden is selected, Colt McCoy could be traded. Each new acquisition in the draft means that someone must leave, and that's as much a part of the draft process as knowing the rookies. Some teams are going to want instant draft assets in exchange for veteran parts they no longer need, which means Scott Pioli and company could add a player later in the draft weekend for a draft selection. With some extra cap space to work with, the Chiefs could even take on a larger contract that wiggles free.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Compete Wrap-Up Of Opinions On Chiefs DT Dontari Poe

Looking out over the vast expanse of NFL analysis coming out today reflecting back on the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, it's clear that very few people are immediately happy with the Kansas City Chiefs' selection of Dontari Poe at No. 11. Whether they believed there was better value available or that Poe is too much of a project, Scott Pioli is getting some second-guesses on this one. Here's a complete round-up of opinions from all around the Interwebs.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post likes the upside with Poe:

Dontari Poe is one of the prospects that intrigued me leading up to the draft because of the big combine workout paired with the inconsistent tape. Did the Chiefs reach on him? Not if he can control the interior of the D-Line when K.C. looks to get after the QB. Still, an interesting pick from Scott Pioli.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives the Chiefs a "C" grade:

He's a big wide body for the middle of the KC defense, but he has to start making plays. He looks the part, but where are the numbers?

Mike Mayock of NFL.com says the Chiefs potentially scored the next dominant 3-4 anchor:

Think Haloti Ngata. That's the kind of skill set and the kind of size he brings to the table. He's got average college tape, but he's got freakish athletic ability for a big man. Romeo Crennel has a good one here to coach up. ... Most rookie defensive tackles get taken off the field on third downs. This kid's best down is third down.

Sporting News Vinnie Iyer says Crennel has some work to do here:

The Chiefs went for the Combine workout warrior in Dontari Poe, hoping he can eat up necessary space in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 defense. Crennel will need to work with Poe to make him deliver on his promise as a consistently productive player.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated focuses on Pioli reversing his typical risk-free attitude:

Kansas City's general manager Scott Pioli is thought to be risk-averse, but he made one of the bigger rolls of the dice Thursday night when his Chiefs made Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe their first-round pick at No. 11. Poe is massively gifted from an athletic standpoint, but his game film was less than inspiring in 2011. That's the thing about those boom-bust types. You ever notice the boom part gets mentioned first, sometimes distracting us from the bust possibility?

The NFP's Wes Bunting has some motivational concerns:

I have some concerns about Memphis DT Dontari Poe being asked to do the dirty work and anchor the Kansas City 34 front. Physically and athletically he certainly has the talent. However, guys with motor problems rarely stay motivated clogging up run lanes inside

Cold Hard Football Facts says the Chiefs chose to address a non-issue and ignored the offensive woes of last season:

The Chiefs love their defensive tackles. Poe is now the ninth DT the team has drafted since 2002. Only the Titans have drafted more interior defensive linemen over that period. This pick is loaded with question marks, too. Kansas City's problems last year were on offense (31st in scoring), not on defense (12th in scoring). Poe could be largely overvalued, as well: a small-school guy who impressed more in workouts than he did on the field against quality competition.

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Round 2 Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Has Alshon Jeffery Headed To Chiefs

As the Kansas City Chiefs head into the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, tonight's second and third rounds will bring at least another couple of players to the Chiefs to add overall depth and hopefully another starter or two depending on the position. Thus far, the team has grabbed Dontari Poe at the No. 11 selection, staying put near the top of the draft while everyone else was trading. Mel Kiper believes tonight will bring a wide receiver to the Chiefs in Alshon Jeffery.

Kiper praises him as a great red zone target, and the South Carolina wideout had 8 touchdowns catches last season. Overall he caught 49 passes for 762 yards in 2011, a drop in production after a great 2010 season due to a change in quarterback. In 2010, he caught 88 catches for 1,517 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also has a solid build at 6-3, 216 lbs to go with a great vertical leap.

The National Football Post's Wes Bunting doesn't like him nearly as much, however, and says there are cause for concern with his game. He writes:

Overall, Jeffery looks like a more dynamic version of Seahawks wide out Mike Williams who will be limited in the routes he can run (fade, slant, post, corner) at the next level. But can still be successful as the "Z" receiver where he will be put in motion and used a lot in two man routes with the tight end running vertical and adjusting to the throw. However, he's never going to be overly productive due to his inability to separate consistently of his breaks.

Other receivers are available this round include Rueben Randle of LSU and Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech, but every skill position player at this point comes with some areas of concern. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs add someone to the wideout corps given the Dwayne Bowe contract situation that looms.

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VIDEO: Todd McShay On Chiefs' Selection Of Dontari Poe In 2012 NFL Draft

As the NFL Draft analysis starts rolling in from last night, we'll keep you posted of how everyone views the Chiefs selection of Dontari Poe in the first round. However, it's clear that most analysts believe there's a great risk and reward involved with Kansas City's selection at No. 11. The latest is from ESPN's Todd McShay. Check out his take below:

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NFL Draft 2012: Pittsburgh Steelers Reportedly Taking David DeCastro

So much for any possibility of the Kansas City Chiefs moving up to take David DeCastro in the 2012 NFL Draft. After many people thought the Chiefs might take him at No. 11 to bolster the offensive line, DeCastro has dropped much farther down draft boards than any analyst predicted. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly set to take him at No. 24 according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

DeCastro is a Stanford product regarded as potentially the best interior offensive lineman to come out to the pro level since Steve Hutchinson. That’s high praise for DeCastro, but he’s impressed anyone who’s watched his game tape and the Steelers could have themselves a Pro Bowl caliber player for the next decade.

The Chiefs can still address the guard position in the draft since it is one of the deepest positions in the draft class. Kevin Zeitler is still on the board, as is Cordy Glenn. Multiple others would make fine additions as well by the time the Chiefs select in the second round.

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2012 NFL Draft Grade: Dontari Poe Earns 'C' From Walter Football

Grading an NFL Draft class after one or even two seasons is an inexact science, so labeling someone good or bad on the day they’re taken seems like a joke. However, that doesn’t stop several sites and NFL analysts from making their opinions known on draft day. Walter Football came out with an instant grade on the Chiefs choice of Dontari Poe of Memphis at No. 11 and the results are middling with a “C” grade.

WF’s grade reads, “Ugh. Does Scott Pioli watch film? How can he spend such a high pick on a Combine star who did absolutely nothing on the field? I won’t ignore Dontari Poe’s upside, but he has major bust potential. David DeCastro would have been a much better selection.”

If Poe turns out to play well for the Chiefs and achieves even a ceiling as close as Haloti Ngata or another comparable player, the Chiefs will look back and smile with an A-plus in retrospect. For now, many will remain suspicious.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Pick Dontari Poe Unfortunately Compared To Ryan Sims

Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs will likely have to take a deep breath on a night like tonight after the announcement of the team’s pick. Dontari Poe, defensive tackle from Memphis, could turn out to be the next Haloti Ngata or Casey Hampton in the middle of the d-line. However, Russ Lande of Sporting News says he reminds him of another player the Chiefs would like to forget: Ryan Sims.

Chiefs fans will remember Ryan Sims as the former No. 6 pick who was supposed to be, well, exactly what the Chiefs are hoping Poe will be. Sims played for the Chiefs for parts of five seasons and finally went to the Buccaneers after flaming out with the team. He was hyped as a teammate of Julius Peppers, but resembled nothing of his draft stock at the pro level.

The Chiefs have a new regime in place, so it’s unfair to project Sims onto Poe at this point. However, it’s hard to forget a wasted pick so early in the draft for Chiefs fans.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Passing On David DeCastro Gives Ryan Lilja Vote Of Confidence

David DeCastro has been called the best guard to come out for the NFL Draft since Steve Hutchinson. That’s a major statement and it was regarded as a position of need to upgrade for the Kansas City Chiefs. Apparently, the Chiefs feel okay about going with Ryan Lilja for another year as the starter (or at least the presumed starter) by passing on DeCastro for the sake of taking Dontari Poe at No. 11.

DeCastro remains on the board even past the No. 12 spot, so he wasn’t nearly as high on most teams’ draft boards as the mock analysts had him. Poe definitely addresses the bigger need, but it wasn’t the pick that most Chiefs fans were hoping for.

The Chiefs could definitely take a guard in the next few rounds since this is one of the deepest positions in this year’s draft. It’s clear that Scott Pioli goes with the overall market of the draft rather than the single player.

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NFL Draft 2012: Kansas City Chiefs Reach For Ultimate Risk And Reward With Dontari Poe

If anything, credit Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli with being willing to reach for the ultimate “home run” as Chris Berman said in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The team chose Dontari Poe with the No. 11 overall selection, and it’s clear the Chiefs are hoping for his measurables from the NFL Combine to translate to on the field results.

Poe blew everyone away just two months ago with a performance at the Combine that was hard to believe. At 6-5, 350 lbs, Poe moved like a man possessed. He flashed everything a team could want — speed, agility, strength and the like. However, game tape from Memphis showed much less than that on the field during his time as a defensive tackle there.

Wes Bunting at the National Football Post writes, “Has a rare physical skill set due to his combination of flexibility, power and get off burst. However, he’s still learning the nuances of the position. If he’s willing to put in the time, Poe can mature into one of the leagues better interior presences. Nevertheless, because he’s raw his floor isn’t overly high either.”

The Chiefs said they feel comfortable taking anyone given that the team has very few holes to fill. This gives them the flexibility to make this type of pick. Now the team has to hope that Poe comes through with proper coaching. If the Chiefs did indeed just land the new Haloti Ngata, the Chiefs defense could be among the best in the NFL.

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NFL Draft 2012: Dontari Poe Is Chiefs First Round Selection

With the 11th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs has selected Dontari Poe, a nose tackle from the Memphis Tigers. These NFL Draft 2012 results confirm the projection for Poe, whom many scouts and evaluators felt was one of the top defensive linemen in the draft.

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The junior was the anchor of the Memphis defense last season with his impressive size at 6'4" and 346 pounds. He also wowed scouts at the NFL Scouting with his surprising speed and his overall strength. It remains to be seen if that will translate to the NFL given that much of his domination in college was against Conference USA foes, but if he commits himself to working hard, he could be a great anchor to a 3-4 system.

He definitely becomes the player with the highest ceiling along the Chiefs defensive interior. However, the team could also sign a veteran to aid him like bringing back Kelly Gregg.

The Chiefs's next pick is the No. 44 selection.

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NFL Draft Trade: Cowboys-Rams Make Move For Morris Claiborne At No. 6

Adam Schefter is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys have reached a deal with the St. Louis Rams for the No. 6 pick in the draft and the rumor is that they want to grab LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne in the process. The Rams pick up the second round choice of the Cowboys in the process.

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If so, that means a couple of things for the Kansas City Chiefs. First of all, the Cowboys will not be moving up for Mark Barron with the Chiefs, which means the safety could still be there at No. 11. This also means that the Cowboys will have brought in former Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr and then picked Claiborne in the draft to form one of the best young corner tandems in the NFL.

Credit the Cowboys for making significant moves in both the NFL Draft and free agency to address the team’s biggest need. The secondary has been reborn and now the team can move forward. The Rams, meanwhile, pick up other picks that they needed to help rebuild the team. The Chiefs now have one less trade partner.

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2012 NFL Draft: Jaguars Trade Up At No. 5 Justin Blackmon To Aid Blaine Gabbert's Development

Blaine Gabbert could use all of the help he can get after a brutal first year in the NFL as the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback. Now he will have a familiar foe by his side as Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon is the team’s selection at No. 5 after the team traded an extra fourth round choice to move up two slots with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Blackmon was the best wide receiver in college football the last two years, at least according to the winner of the Biletnikoff Award. The Jags needed a receiver bad given the lack of any first rate wideout on the roster. Blackmon played against Gabbert at Missouri just a year ago. Now they are teammates and Gene Smith can only hope the two can become the next great offensive tandem in the NFL.

Blackmon’s stock has been questioned in recent days, but it’s impossible to argue with the production he put up. He’s not on the level of A.J. Green according to Mel Kiper, but Blackmon definitely makes the Jags offense much better. Blaine Gabbert has to be a happy man tonight.

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