The Kansas City Chiefs have selected Miami DE Allen Bailey with their 2nd pick in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
And here is our annual Scott Pioli head scratcher.
Bailey weighs in at 285. He stands at 6-3. He is a bit of a tweener and though some may think he is too small to play DE in the 3-4, I think thinks pick is pure value for the Chiefs.
KC has already filled big needs at center, WR and OLB. At this point in the 3rd round, if there is no player they are crazy about, they are likely to take the best player available on their board at a position they feel they need depth. With Tyson Jackson still being a question mark, the Chiefs need more depth along their defensive line.
From a depth standpoint, Bailey may not be that bad of a pick. Some scouts consider him to be one of the best, if not the best, pure athlete in the draft.
Here is a bit from NFL Draft Geek on Bailey:
There is a lot to like about Allen Bailey, but there are also a lot of things that will scare teams away from him. To start with, he is a flat out elite athlete, pound for pound, maybe the best in the draft. His pure strength, and explosiveness give him a great foundation to his game, and if he can build off his natural abilities, he could be a dominant force at the next level. On the other hand, his athleticism is really about all he’s got. He was able to bully college sized defenders, and run around them, but in the NFL you need much more than athleticism to be an effective defensive lineman. He desperately needs to develop some finesse pass rushing moves to be used as a 4-3 DE, he needs to play with better pad level, and also create better leverage.
Bailey may not be a starter but the Chiefs are getting to the point where they have solid starters and need to start adding depth. It will be interesting to see how they decide to use Bailey.
What do you think Chiefs Nation? Sound off!