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Chiefs Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
2nd- Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State
3rd- Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
3rd- Allen Bailey, DL/OLB, Miami (FL)
4th- Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado
5th- Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
5th- Gabe Miller, OLB, Oregon State
6th- Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi
7th- Shane Bannon, RB, Yale

The Chiefs had great early returns from their draft choices last season. From their first round choice to their fifth round choice, players were immediate contributors on the field. This year, general manager Scott Pioli sought out to bring youth and athleticism to his defense while adding key players to further help the Kansas City offense build on last season’s success.

Best Selection: Rodney Hudson. An offensive lineman is rarely a flashy pick, but Hudson has the ability to be a ten year starter. He brings immediate versatility to the interior line, being able to play all three spots. He and last year’s 3rd round pick, Jon Asamoah, are long term replacements for Casey Wiegmann and Brian Waters.

Biggest Risk:
Jonathan Baldwin. There’s no denying Baldwin’s talent or measurables, but it was evident as I studied him that he wasn’t always a full effort route runner. It’s been said that Baldwin is a “me first” player, but if he can prove otherwise, he has #1 receiver potential.

Sleeper: Ricky Stanzi. Stanzi played in a pro style offense at Iowa and shows good pocket awareness and coverage understanding. He should develop nicely behind Matt Cassel as a potential starter.

Grade: A
The Chiefs set out to add quickness and strength on defense and they did just that. Justin Houston, Allen Bailey, Jalil Brown, and Jerrell Powe all have the physical ability to be long time contributors. Great value choices with every selection.

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