The Kansas City Chiefs front office stuck to their guns over the weekend of the 2012 NFL Draft and came out with either the prize of all defensive players or a potential bust prospect along a defensive line where the Chiefs have struggled to find a true star. Dontari Poe is the Chiefs first round choice and it's been a polarizing one. Mel Kiper of ESPN grades itas a C+ in his latest column of grades after the draft.
Kiper writes, "Dontari Poe is one of the mysteries of the draft. He has the measurables of Haloti Ngata, but when you roll the tape you think he's a player who could still be around in Round 3. Why does he go No. 11? He's the rarest of players, a possible solution as a 3-4 nose tackle. You can't rave about the value, but the pick made sense, and this was a top need. I like the pick of Jeff Allen, a tackle from Illinois who should move inside to guard. Two picks, two needs down. After that it was a bit more scattershot, as you'd expect. I think Donald Stephenson has the upside of a starter at tackle, which is pretty good. Devon Wylie is a burner and will return kicks, where he's dangerous. Would have liked to see a value shot at either linebacker or safety."
Kiper gives the Chiefs ability to draft for need as a B, but apparently he doesn't like the value on the board since that's what lowers the grade. Interestingly enough, Kiper said before the draft that for the Chiefs to get an A, they would need to take Poe. Apparently that column went out the window.
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