Some people think Kansas City did the best in the AFC West…others don’t. Draft grades are a matter of opinion. Experts have their belief and fans have theirs.
You don’t have to be a first-round draft pick to succeed in the NFL. You don’t need to be drafted to succeed in the NFL either. There’s no set way to success in the National Football League. And there’s no one plan for finding the right players for your team.
Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel are happy about this draft. Not just because of the players they took, but for the first time in a long time Kansas City wasn't scrambling for necessity. They had needs, but more people see Kansas City as a team ready to go.
Dontari Poe might not have been the nose tackle every fan wanted, but nose tackle was the most glaring hole for Kansas City early. Regardless of what others say about Kansas City and their final draft grade it always cheers me up when a division rival gives credit for someone your team took.
Browsing the Internet I found a little nugget from the Denver Post that should make Chief fans happy with a couple Pioli took.
“It hurts the Broncos that the AFC West rival Chiefs and Chargers did so well,” said the Denver Post. “Then again, those teams picked higher than the Broncos so they should have had better drafts. The Chiefs stole the Broncos’ preferred first choice, nose tackle Dontari Poe. Denver also liked offensive tackle Jeff Allen.”
Bleacher Report says Kansas City Chiefs Hit a Grand Slam with Jeff Allen.
“Allen played at left tackle during his time at Illinois but looks to kick inside and compete for playing time at guard immediately,” says Bleacher.
If Allen works and competes at guard immediately then Pioli would look real smart taking Poe first to fill the middle of the defense. After the 2010 draft fans didn’t appreciate who the Chiefs took until they saw them play.
Dexter McCluster wasn't really known until he stepped on the field.
The 2012 draft could have the same flavor.
I always love it when a division foe, especially Denver complements Kansas City for something they have done.
I stand by it. Kansas City looks like the most complete and ready team in the AFC West.