The 2010 NFL draft is now history and we saw some interesting developments take place. Three of the first four players selected came from the University of Oklahoma. Five of the first six players selected came from the Big Twelve. It says a lot about the Big Twelve and the Oklahoma Sooners.
As a former Chief, I was most interested in the fifth selection Safety Eric Berry from the University of Tennessee. After some off season free agent signings of two veteran offensive linemen, Case Wiegmann and Ryan Lilja I felt confident that the Chiefs would be taking a serious look at Eric Berry. According to most NFL insiders, Eric was rated as the best player in the draft. There is no question that the Chiefs needed help in the secondary, specifically the safety position. We also added a couple other players to the secondary with defensive back and kick returner Javier Arenas from Alabama and Kendrick Lewis, safety from Ole Miss. I believe we added some depth to our offensive line by selecting Jon Asamoah, offensive tackle from Illinois as well as tight end Tony Moeaki from Iowa. One other addition to the Chiefs defensive line was Cameron Sheffield from Troy, a guy who can play the end position in the 3-4 denfense. The one player that has really peaked my interest was our second round pick, Dexter McCluster, running back slash receiver slash kick returner from the University of Mississippi. In other words a play maker. Something the Chiefs needed to add to their offense. Recently I had the opportunity to meet all the draftees and rookie free agents at a dinner during the rookie mini camp. I was extremely impressed with all of them on many fronts. They were excited about becoming part of the Chiefs family. They understood the opportunity in front of them and the effort and commitment is was going to take to make this team. What was impressive about the Chiefs draft choices, 6 out of the 7 drafted players, were captains of their college teams. That says a lot about their leadership skills and their character. These young men will be good for the locker room, believe it or not that is critical for team chemistry. Over all I feel like the Chiefs upgraded the team and they are better right now, before playing a down, than they were last season. The light is starting to look a little brighter at the end of the tunnel.
To me the surprise pick in the first round of the draft was Tim Tebow. Debatably, the best college football player ever, but as a former quarterback, I feel he has a lot to overcome to become a starter, at that position, in the NFL. What I know of the young man, he will leave no stone unturned to prove everyone wrong. Love the attitude!
Next blog I will talk the Spring time fishing.