Morning Addicts. It is 7:14 AM on the East Coast. Notmally at this time I am sleeping and in 2 hours, I get up and play some Madded but today, I am dragging my ass out of bed an dup to Radio City to cover day 3 of the NFL Draft for you. Uh-hh. What do you think about that? Hard life, right?
I hope you enjoyed yesterday. I know there is some controversy over the day 2 picks. We have lots to talk about in the coming weeks but we also have 2 more Chiefs on the way in round 5 today. As things stand now, the Chiefs have no 4th, 6th or 7th round picks but they do have 2 5ths remaining. Stay tuned.
Until then, here is your Morning Fix:
The Chiefs stood up for the little guys with their two choices in the second round of the NFL draft.
Between them, Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster and Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas weigh just a few pounds more than 335-pound offensive lineman Colin Brown, the heaviest of the Chiefs.
The Chiefs are hoping McCluster and Arenas make up for their small statures with outsized impacts and dynamic play. Both were fast, productive players in college.
“When we first got here, watching ourselves on tape in preseason games and then in regular-season games, something we saw a difference with the other teams that we were playing against was team speed, overall team speed,” Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said. “That was one thing we needed to improve. You want to get good football players who are fast.
“We’re a faster football team today.”
There’s so much to talk about with all the decisions that went down on Friday in rounds two and three of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The Chiefs alone produced plenty of discussion points, but we’ll save those for the next few days as they have two more picks to make and heaven knows what else might happen. You’ve got to hand it to GM Scott Pioli: he loves to trade picks so he can draft tight ends.
Last year, he traded the 2010 seventh-round pick to Miami so he could get back into the ‘09 seventh-round to take TE Jake O’Connell. Then on Friday, he gave up fourth and fifth-round choices to move back into the late third round to take Iowa TE Tony Moeaki.
That leaves the Chiefs with just two choices early in the fifth round, and no picks in the fourth, sixth and seventh rounds.
One other Draft Day No. 2 note: once the 50th pick was made there was finally closure on last year’s trade of Tony Gonzalez to Atlanta. It came down to Gonzalez for CB-Returner Javier Arenas. Little Javy has some big shoes to fill.
Informing Asamoah of the good news on the phone was Chiefs coach Todd Haley.
“Coach Haley welcomed me to the Kansas City Chiefs,” a proud Asamoah said. “He asked me, ‘How good do you want to be?’ I told him I want to be a very good NFL player.”
The Chiefs were one of several teams that had showed continued interest in Asamoah’s talents.
“Offensive line coach (Bill) Muir had been to my workouts,” Asamoah said. “The Chiefs have a new offensive coordinator in coach (Charlie) Weis (the former Notre Dame coach). It’s going to be exciting.”
Asamoah, a three-year starter at Illinois and second team All-Big Ten guard, knows the amount of work that must be done to make an NFL team.
“I can’t wait to get started,” said Asamoah, who’ll first travel Saturday to Champaign to see the Illini’s spring game.
TUSCALOOSA | University of Alabama seniors Javier Arenas and Mike Johnson were chosen 50th and 98th overall in the NFL Draft Friday by the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, respectively.
Arenas was projected as a third-round choice by most draft services, but ended up being a second-round choice and the third Alabama player chosen in the draft.
His experience playing the nickelback position, as well as his kickoff return and punt return skills, helped prevent his small size (5-foot-9) from causing a slide to the later rounds of the draft. Arenas broke the Southeastern Conference record for career punt return yardage (1,752) and punt returns for touchdowns (seven). He fell just nine yards short of Wes Welker’s NCAA record for career punt return yards, set in 2003 at Texas Tech.
Efforts to reach Arenas were unsuccessful.
Arenas ranked third on the team in tackles last season with 71, starting 13 games. He made 12 tackles for loss, including five sacks, and ranked second on the team in interceptions with five.
This is interesting. As best I can recall, I’ve never seen a team concentrate this much on acquiring solid citizens. Most teams give lip service to character. Every general manager or head coach talks about stressing character when it comes to acquiring players. Very few decision-makers back up their talk with action. Pioli has.
I hope he’s right. It would be a great message.
Talent trumps everything in professional sports. If O.J. Simpson could still average 4 yards per carry, Jerry Jones would hire a dream team of attorneys to file an appeal on Simpson’s behalf.
“The core of your team has to be the right kind of guys,” Pioli told the media at the end of day two.
Pioli said Carl Peterson’s regime left a solid foundation of good citizens. Peterson also left behind Larry Johnson and Dwayne Bowe. But I’m not going to beat Peterson up about those mistakes. Under Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards, Peterson distanced the organization from the “Bone, Thugs and Marty” era, the Marty Schottenheimer-coached teams that featured Andre Rison, Chester McGlockton, Bam Morris, Tamarick Vanover, Wayne Simmons and Dale Carter.
Pioli is building a foundation of high-character players. Friday night, he seemed to indicate that if the Chiefs were going to add a player of questionable character it would be talented veteran who had learned the error of his ways.