Of Kansas City’s remaining in-house free agents, RB Jackie Battle, S Jon McGraw and DE Wallace Gilberry are probably the most notable unsigned players, but running back and defensive line were both addressed through the draft.
“We had talked to Wallace a number of times during the season about an extension,” Pioli said regarding Gilberry’s free agent status. “We talked to him during the offseason and Wallace wasn’t ready to make a move and wasn’t ready to do anything. He wanted to see what the market was. We hadn’t heard back from him and his people. I think both sides wanted to see what happened after the draft.”
“I couldn’t really say,” Hillis said. “But I have an open mind and I’m willing to do whatever. You know, for the past seven years I’ve had seven different head coaches and seven different playbooks. So when it comes to something like that, especially a guy like me that’s bounced around playing different positions throughout college and my professional career, really in your head and in your heart you really just can’t say, ‘Hey, this is what I’m going to do.’
“You’ve got to have an open mind. That’s what I’m going to do, and whatever role they’re going to give me, I’m going to try to be good at it and try to succeed.”
He has the ability to be a Pro Bowl nose tackle. The Chiefs had their pick of all of the tackles in the draft and choose him. In the games I watched, Poe played well and hustled. I saw a player who was strong and explosive in his play. He was disruptive. I saw him stuff the run and get pressure on the quarterback. There were times he lost sight but not often enough to cause me a problem. Other people did not see the same effort I saw, thus causing concern.
1. Will Poe be a disruptive player or will he disappear in games?
2. What will he do in their nickel defense? Will he even be in the nickel defense?