Immediately following the 2010 NFL Draft, every draftnik in the country pushes out their grades for classes of players that have yet to play a game. While it usually takes at least three years to get a real feel for just how successful a draft is for a team, ESPN’s Mel Kiper has re-evaluated the Chiefs 2010 draft class and not surprisingly the grade has improved.
Summary: Eric Berry was a home run pick at a need position, one of the more predicable outcomes in the whole draft. Dexter McCluster was a bit of a hit-and-miss guy. He wasn’t a part of the passing game to the degree I thought he could be, but when a team has a versatile rookie that can affect multiple areas of the playbook, it’s not a one-year plan. Tony Moeaki, who dropped after he dealt with some health issues at Iowa, became one of the steals of the draft. Javier Arenas was on the field early and often. Even fifth-rounder Kendrick Lewis became a starter. A big grade jump in a draft I underestimated.
Draft grade: B-minus | Current Grade: A
Hard to imagine anyone grading out the Chiefs draft class anything short of an “A”. Five of their seven selections contributed in big time ways, with Berry already representing Kansas City in the Pro Bowl.
The scary thing about this year’s rookie class for the Chiefs is that they have a chance to be even better and not just because of continued experience.
Third round pick Jon Asamoah played very little this season due to veterans Brian Waters and Ryan Lilja holding down the guard spots, but he is widely regarded in the organization as a very important piece to the offensive line going forward.
Then there is fifth rounder Cameron Sheffield who never saw the field this season after suffering a season-ending neck injury in the preseason. The rookie from Troy was quickly adapting to the speed of the NFL in training camp and would have had a chance to rush the passer opposite Tamba Hali.
Getting any sort of production from Asamoah and Sheffield along with the expected improvements from the five players that we have seen a lot of already could add “plus, plus, plus” after that “A”.