The Kansas City Chiefs have selected ILB Nico Johnson with the 99th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The pick came after the Philadelphia Eagles jumped ahead of the Chiefs to select QB Matt Barkley. There was speculation, according to NFL Network, that the Chiefs were going to select the QB with the 99th pick.
Instead, the Eagles gave up a seventh-round pick to swap sports with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Instead, the Chiefs selected Johnson, who can help fill a need at ILB.
Here is a scouting report from NFL.com:
STRENGTHS Assignment-sure pounder between the tackles who plays with attitude. Usually responsible for taking on fullback and lineman blocks in the middle to free up teammates, but can use his hands to hold them off (when not sliding under) and shed to make plays. Shows enough speed to test guards’ quickness on blitzes. Relatively light on his feet in his coverage drops, can stay with tight ends and running backs in coverage. Good hustle, will chase running backs to the sideline and plays 10-15 yards downfield after coming on a blitz.
WEAKNESSES Lunch-pail player who hasn’t yet shown great playmaking ability. Lacks straight-line speed to recover once behind a step in coverage or juked at the line of scrimmage, will also struggle to get angle on backs before they turn upfield at the next level.
NFL COMPARISON Jason Phillips
What do you think, Addicts? Would the Chiefs have taken Barkely? What do you think about the pickup of Johnson?