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“I’m excited about all of the additions that we’ve made this offseason, especially offensively,” Cassel added. “Eric Winston is a guy that’s been a proven right tackle in this league for a long period of time. You’ve got Peyton Hillis that is going to give us more depth at the running back position and Boss is coming in at the tight end position as well. We’ve got a great group of guys and we’ll add depth at that position also, creating that competition.”
“The biggest thing for me is I get to go down and watch the guys in the offseason program,” Crennel said. “I haven’t been able to do that for two weeks, even though they’ve been here. I get to go down and watch them lift, see how they’re working and then our coaches can go on the field with them and do individual drills.“I was excited when the guys came back into the building. Now I’m excited about being able to see them on the field and work with them on the field before those rookies get here.”
Kansas City is banking that his lack of production is because he played a lot of different roles – that he’s good at a lot of things, but not great at any. Well, when you take a guy at No. 11 overall, he better be great at something.Poe wasn’t the best player at his position in this year’s draft. Both Fletcher Cox and Michael Brockers are better, and both were available when Poe was taken. In fact, St. Louis (see above winners) was ready to take Brockers at No. 6 had they not traded down. Poe is a huge risk to make based on scouting combine performance alone. Kansas City only had one sack from its defensive tackle position last season. Drafting Poe makes sense in that area, because he only had one for Memphis (that’s against Conference USA competition, by the way).
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs actually did some great work late, nabbing RB Cyrus Gray (182) and sure-handed WR Junior Hemingway (238). If only their early work had been as sturdy. DT Dontari Poe (11) might be a great one, but anyone who watched him on tape saw a lethargic competitor. If at least one of two O-line picks, Jeff Allen (44) and Donald Stephenson (74), doesn’t make it, this draft might turn out to be a disaster. Grade: C
14. Kansas City Chiefs: They’ve lacked a roadblock on their defensive line for some time, so we loved the choice of athletic 346-pound NT Dontari Poe 11th overall, especially given the ability to groom him under the watch of coach Romeo Crennel. GM Scott Pioli also upgraded his offensive line and made a nice grab by getting Alabama DB DeQuan Menzie in the fifth. Sexy? No. QB prospect? No. But this is a sneaky good roster.