Some of the most important members of the Kansas City Chiefs division winning squad in 2010 joined the team in the 2008 draft. It was such an impressive class that Sporting News ranks it as the best in the league three years later.
The team had 12 selections, and made the most of the team. That includes five players who were regular starters last season: Glenn Dorsey (No. 5 overall), offensive tackles Branden Albert (No. 15) and Barry Richardson (No. 170), and cornerbacks Brandon Flowers (No. 35) and Brandon Carr (No. 140).
What has helped some of those players develop quickly was the chance to play from Day One. The Chiefs were in the early stages of a youth movement.
There was also one notable “second-string” player: Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, quite a steal in the third round (No. 73).
With no league business going on right now, there’s no better time to take a look back at the 2008 draft. Just a few days ago PFF placed Charles and Flowers on their All-2008 Draft team.
Just imagine how far along Charles would be right now if he had been given more than those 67 carries his rookie season.
Finishing right behind the final class from Herm Edwards and Carl Peterson is the first one of Scott Pioli’s good friend Thomas Dimitroff with the Atlanta Falcons. The only thing that is likely to push the Falcons ahead of the Chiefs is if Charles takes any sort of step backwards and Matt Ryan continues to improve and elevates himself to Brady-level.