In preparation for tonight’s third preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, I got together with Chiefs writer Patrick Allen to discuss our two squads so we could give our readers some things to watch out for. Patrick does a great job over at Arrowhead Addict and if you want to see some of my answers to his questions or if you want more news on the Chiefs, head over there to check it out. Here’s what he had to say when I asked him asked him about his team.
1. The Chiefs have seemingly done a great job in the draft over the last couple of years, so could you update Rams fans on some of the guys from both the 2010 and 2011 draft classes?
The 2010 Chiefs draft was fantastic. Standouts include Eric Berry (Pro Bowler), Tony Moeaki (TE, awesome) and Kendrick Lewis (5th round free safety). Then you have some really solid contributors in Javier Arenas (nickel corner) Dexter McCluster (deadly with the ball when healthy). They also grabbed Jon Asamoah at guard. The Chiefs like him so much they cut multi-time Pro Bowler Brian Waters so they could start him. He has looked awesome in the preseason so far. The only player that did not contribute in 2010 was LB Cameron Sheffield who landed on IR in the preseason with a neck injury. Still, Sheffield has flashed ability and looks like he will make the team. The entire 2010 draft class can play in the NFL either as a starter or a solid reserve. There appear to be no busts.
The 2011 draft class doesn’t appear to be as special. Jon Baldwin (1st round WR) got into a fight with Thomas Jones and broke his thumb. Ricky Stanzi hasn’t looked all that great at QB. Gabe Miller hasn’t really made much of a splash. Jalil Brown got smoked last week on coverage.
That being said, there is certainly some talent here. Jerrell Powe looks like he could be a big contributor down the road. Justin Houston is flashing ability to get to the QB. Last week against the Ravens he had two sacks and a forced fumble on special teams. Allen Bailey is a beast.
The 2011 guys could contribute this season but probably in a smaller way than the 2010 class.
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