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Glenn Dorsey

Glenn Dorsey had a more productive career in Kansas City than any other player in this group. You almost hate to characterize him as a “bust” because was a competent four-year starter. Dorsey would’ve been a worthwhile draft investment had he been taken in any other round. The former LSU Tiger was victimized by a scheme change just one year after being drafted. Dorsey was miscast as a two-gapping defensive end in Kansas City’s odd-front. The change took place early enough in Dorsey’s career that he had time to adjust, but even under Romeo Crennel’s tutelage, he was never able to play to his draft position.

Bust Cause: Bad scheme fit

Tyson Jackson

Chiefs Kingdom is likely split on whether or not T-Jax was able to shed the “bust” label while in Kansas City. In fairness, he did turn the corner his final two seasons with the Chiefs. It’s unclear how much of his improvement can be attributed to the maturation of Dontari Poe, but his last 24 starts were a stark contrast from the previous 31. However you slice it, it’s tough to argue that he was a bona fide top-10 prospect. Jackson has new life in Atlanta with the man who originally drafted him, but his first season as a Falcon wasn’t much of an indication that he deserved a five-year, $25 million contract.

Bust Cause: Slow development

Jon Baldwin

Jonathan Baldwin was taken 26th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft to be a complement to Dwayne Bowe on the opposite side of the field. His rare combination of size, speed, and a 42” vertical leap were believed to be a boon for a Chiefs’ offense starved for downfield production in the passing game. Bowe had an all-world season in 2010 that ended with 72 catches and 15 touchdowns, but the depth behind him at the position was miserable. The next closest receiver (Chris Chambers) had just 213 receiving yards on the year. The Chiefs eventually traded Baldwin to San Francisco for another draft washout A.J. Jenkins. The Pitt product is now on his third team in four years since coming to the NFL.

Bust Cause: Unrealized potential

Do you like Kansas City’s chances of having more success with first-round draft picks under the current regime? Who are the safest R1 bets in this year’s draft class? Will Eric Fisher become the next miss in the Chiefs’ draft annals? Use the comment section below to chime in on the topic. As always, we appreciate your readership and support.

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