The Kansas City Chiefs really wanted Dontai Poe.
According to Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com, the Chiefs passed on two offers to trade back so that they could get their man.
“We felt that if we moved back a little too far, even though we were getting some extra currency in extra picks, we felt that (Dontari) was the right player for us,” Chiefs GM Scott Pioli said. “We didn’t want to move too far away from him and risk the chance of not being able to get him.”
I think this speaks a lot to how much the Chiefs believe Poe can help them. I often criticize Scott Pioli for being too cautions. While most fans view Poe as a risky boom or bust pick, Pioli actually viewed him as safe, so much so that he turned down extra draft picks so that he could select him.
None of this means that Pioli is right of course. Just because he thinks Poe is a safe pick doesn’t mean he won’t bust.
Still, the Chiefs have a pretty good defensive brain trust with Romeo Crennel as their head coach/defensive coordinator. Let’s hope they got it right.