Round 1 of the 2010 Draft appears to be a success for Scott Pioli and the Kansas City Chiefs. We won’t really know how good the pick of Eric Berry was until he steps out on the field but from a pure potential standpoint, the Chiefs got the best player in the Draft. The bolstered their weak defense with a top safety who can provide cover for Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers. There is just one problem.
The Chiefs still don’t have a nose tackle. The nose tackle is the most important position in the 3-4 defense and without a guy that can command a double and sometimes, triple team, the Chiefs will be vulnerable to runs up the gut. If the oppositions lineman are getting up field to block the linebackers and safeties before they can get to the ball carrier, all the Eric Berry’s in the world won’t be able to stop the run for KC.
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The Chiefs still need help at MLB but don’t underestimate how much better a good NT could make the linebackers the Chiefs already have. There are still a number of talented receivers and linebackers floating around out there but there is only one Terrance Cody. If the Chiefs can acquire Cody at #36, they can then turn their attention to offensive needs, knowing their defense is in a good place.
My suggestion to Scott Pioli (I am sure he is reading this) is to find a way to get Cody, hopefully without trading up. Once Cody is secure, the Chiefs can wait and see which of the remaining WR’s falls to them at 50 or they can move up to acquire one. Arrelious Benn, Golden Tate and Dexter McCluster are all still on the board.
If the Chiefs can snag Cody and a WR in the 2nd round and a solid MLB option in the 3rd, I think things might be mighty different around Arrowhead Stadium next season.