It took until the fourth round, but the Kansas City Chiefs finally gave defensive coordinator Bob Sutton a draft pick to help make some noise. The Chiefs selected Alabama LB Nico Johnson with the 99th pick.
Johnson brings a fantastic pedigree, having contributed to thee National Championship teams on Nick Saban’s defense in his four years. Last season he was the Tide’s third-leading tackler and forced two fumbles.
He isn’t the best athlete and wasn’t able to put up impressive numbers at the Alabama Pro Day, but he’s a guy that’s not afraid to hit or be hit. Johnson can immediately bring a nastiness to the defense that can help the Chiefs improve their performance against the run (No. 27).
There’s no reason Johnson can’t quickly move to the top of the Kansas city depth chart. Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson are locks at three of the linebacker spots, but there is no proven commodity at the fourth.