Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Select Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

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Scouts Inc. gave Jackson a rating of 94 and the 14th overall prospect.

From SI’s Peter King:

Tyson Jackson.  Meat.  Potatoes.

That’s the reason the Chiefs passed on the best linebacker in this draft and maybe the best player, Aaron Curry.  Think back on the Patriots’ picks in the Belichick-Pioli Era, and you’ll see the defensive linemen picked in the first round who ened up driving the bus of everything they did on defense — Ty Warren, Vince Vilfork and Richard Seymour.  Now Pioli is running the show here.   A week ago, when I put Jackson at number three to the Chiefs in my SI mock draft, I didn’t do it because of inside information. I did it because it made the most sense for a team that doesn’t have a classic 3-4 defensive end on its roster.

That’s what the Chiefs have right now — the best 3-4 end in the draft. Now we’ll see if the 295-pound Jackson can justify the high pick.

“I’m a country boy,” Jackson just said on a conference call from Louisiana. “I couldn’t take being in New York today. I’ve got to be with my family.”

Music to Pioli’s ears.

From ESPN’s Scouts Inc.:

Jackson can step in and be a starting 5-technique defensive end from Day 1. He has the size and upper-body strength to stack and shed offensive tackles, making him a perfect fit for the 3-4 scheme. Although he’s never going to be a great pass-rusher and it’s highly unusual for this type of player to so high, he can keep blockers off the outside linebackers, which should give KC’s pass rush a boost.

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