NFL Draft — Chiefs Update

December 22nd, 2009 by Lee Eldridge

Kansas City ChiefsThe Chiefs are moving to the top of the list, but not the list we want them to top. At 3-11 the Chiefs now appear to have the fourth pick in the upcoming NFL draft. With two more likely losses on the team’s schedule, it appears certain that the Chiefs will indeed have another top five pick this year. And while the Chiefs need all the help they can get, top five picks are virtually untradeable, limiting their options moving forward.

I have already written a couple times about the Chiefs need to draft offensive lineman (read NFL Draft and A Tale of Two Lines). My opinion remains unchanged. Though after watching the defense fall apart the last few weeks, it’s clear the Chiefs have many holes to fill.

What’s interesting for me is watching the players change on the projected draft boards. Just a few weeks ago I’d find one or two offensive tackles projected in the first round. Scouts Inc. now has five in their top 32 available players. And that will continue to change. Though Mel Kiper still only has Russell Okung from Oklahoma State in his top 25 (#6 on Kiper’s board). You would expect Okung to receive considerable consideration from the Chiefs.

Safety Eric Berry from TennesseeSo if the Chiefs don’t go for an offensive tackle with their first pick, where do they go? I love Ndamukong Suh (#1 on Kiper’s board) from Nebraska, but I’d probably scream if the Chiefs picked another defensive lineman that early. The Chiefs certainly are not in the market for a quarterback, so that takes Jimmy Clausen (#4 on Kiper’s board) and Sam Bradford (#5 on Kiper’s board) out of the mix.

The name to watch is Eric Berry (#3 on Kiper’s board and #1 on Scouts Inc.’s board), the safety from Tennessee. He’s been compared to Ed Reed. He’s a playmaker. And while picking a safety at the top of the draft isn’t very sexy, the Chiefs need playmakers, and safety is an area of need.

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