For the last few weeks we have been breaking down the famed 2010 NFL Draft that was supposed to be Scott Pioli’s masterpiece. We’ve covered four the Chiefs’ seven picks so far and two notable names left to discuss. The first being Mr. Tony Moeaki.
Moeaki was taken with the 93rd overall pick in the draft, and was set to be the replacement for the traded Tony Gonzalez. Talent and athletic ability were never a question for Moeaki but health was. In five seasons at Iowa, Moeaki missed 16 games due to injury. As a result he never amassed more than 30 catches or 400 yards in a season.
Since being drafted Moeaki has been in the NFL for four seasons and missed more than two full seasons worth of games. He missed the entire season in 2011 due to a torn ACL and missed all but one game in 2013 due to injury.
It is difficult to use hindsight in this situation but it is still hard to understand Pioli’s thinking given what was still available in the draft at the time. Several productive college tight ends who went on to be very good pros were drafted immediately after Moeaki.
Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, and Dennis Pitta are the big names of the group. But lesser known guys like Garrett Graham (selected by Houston Texans in fourth round) and Andrew Quarless (selected by Green Bay Packers in fifth round) have each been valuable members for the drafted team.
It is certainly the Chiefs’ made the right decision to pass on Hernandez given what we know now. There were significant red flags surrounding him then, too. However, the same bright red flags shown for Moeaki’s injury past, too, and it didn’t stop Pioli from selecting him. One wonders how things may have changed if Pioli had selected Graham or Pitta instead of Moeaki.
How would you grade the selection of Moeaki, Addicts?