December 02, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (81) runs the ball as Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) attempts the defense in the second half of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Rethinking 2010 NFL Draft: The Tale Of Tony Moeaki [Poll]


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?

How would you grade the selection of Tony Moeaki?

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  • berttheclock

    What made this pick even worse is Pioli gave up two picks to Houston in order to trade up to 93. Those two picks ended up being Darly Sharpton, a LB, who played well for Houston, but, has signed a 2014 FA contract with the Redskins and Sherrick McManis, a DB who ended up being traded for a FB to Chicago and made a very important special teams play. He is now on IR.

    But, Dorsey would really have a cap problem trying to extend Jimmy Graham.

    It was a typical Pioli lack of doing proper homework move and falling back on his buddy at Iowa to give him, yet, another word of wisdom, such as Ricky Stanzi. When, healthy, Moeaki was excellent, but, as his history from Iowa showed, he was very fragile. Some Red Flags can be over looked, but, a history of injuries is not one of them.

    • Keane Santos

      In fairness, the two players you reference aren’t exactly gamebreakers. And I hate the argument of they gave up this pick who became this player – it’s irrelevant we likely would have taken someone completely different with the same pick.

      Moeaki busted because he couldn’t stay healthy — as we all know. But as you said, he was skilled and showed some great promise when he was healthy. That’s what happens often in the mid rounds, you take a chance on someone (Justin Houstin, Charles, Jared Allen) and sometimes it doesn’t work out. The pick didn’t pan out but I think it’s unfair to say it was a wildly stupid move.

  • jimfromkcj

    When it comes to Moeaki I can only remember one catch he made that sticks out. A one handed grab in the end zone of a poorly thrown ball. But all in all it has to be an F because of the extra pick we lost getting him.