Q: John, I was somewhat surprised with the Chiefs’ selection of Eric Berry (I figured they would go O-line instead of defense), but he looks to be an excellent pick. How would you rate the Chiefs’ draft overall? Also, I know they got some O-line help in the offseason, but is it enough to give Matt Cassel good protection and make the Chiefs more competitive?
Patrick in Omaha, Neb.
A: The Berry selection over Russell Okung shouldn’t be a surprise. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli doesn’t believe in taking an offensive tackle that high in the draft. Like the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, Pioli has always leaned on taking defensive players that high if given the chance. Pioli, the Pats’ onetime vice president of player personnel, loves taking top defensive players out of the SEC. Berry was the right fit. I still think Branden Albert is good enough at left tackle. The middle of the offensive line is better with Ryan Lilja and Casey Wiegmann. Remember, the the Chiefs are building. They aren’t going to get everything done in just one year, but they are moving in the right direction.