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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Chiefs Earn High Marks From NFL.com

As marks both good and bad come in grading the 2012 NFL Draft results, the Kansas City Chiefs continue to some solid marks for their overall draft effort. While Dontari Poe as the first round selection can be a polarizing choice for some, the entire draft was good for depth. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like the bulk of the draft for KC.

The latest to write about the Chiefs’ success is NFL.com writer Bucky Brooks. He praises Scott Pioli and likes the possibility here for long-term rewards:

The injury-riddled Chiefs took a small step back on the field in 2011, but all of the pieces are certainly in place for the team to make a deep postseason run this year. General manager Scott Pioli ensured that with a solid draft class featuring several intriguing prospects.

Defensive tackle Dontari Poe possesses the size, strength and athleticism to emerge as a Vince Wilfork-like difference-maker in the middle. Tackles Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson are future starters on the offensive line, while receiver Devon Wylie and running back Cyrus Gray are interesting options as role players.

The Chiefs definitely need an infusion of talent below the starting spots on the roster, and the 2012 draft class delivers that in spades. It might be a while before the full impact is felt, but that’s a good thing since that means the Chiefs already have solid talent at most starting positions.

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