Player On The Verge: Tony Moeaki

Following an impressive rookie season, it’s not often that Eric Berry is passed over as the best of the Kansas City Chiefs 2010 draft class.  However, that’s exactly what Scout’s Inc’s Matt Williamson did with his “Soon To Be Stars” series, instead going with TE Tony Moeaki.

Moeaki’s ability as a pass-catcher impresses me most.  He has sticky hands and an excellent ability to go up and contort his body to secure the poorly thrown pass in a way few tight ends in this league can do right now.  Moeaki is a sharp route runner and will only improve with his ability to sit down in a zone or exploit man coverage by linebackers and safeties.  The Chiefs have a great running game and will have even more weapons at Matt Cassel’s disposal next season — Dwayne Bowe, first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin and Dexter McCluster returning from an injury-plagued rookie season.  Moeaki should see plenty of favorable matchups.  Keying on one specific weapon the Chiefs’ passing game will be tough to do in 2011.

Moeaki, a third-round pick in the 2010 draft, could end up being one of the true bargains from that entire draft class — and also one of the best tight ends in football.

That right there is some big time praise and something I’m not going to disagree with.  The only thing that will stand in Moeaki’s way is his ability to stay healthy, something that plagued him during his time at Iowa.

During his rookie season Moeaki was laid out in a game against the Denver Broncos by a dirty hit but was able to bounce back after missing just one game.  While he didn’t get back into the flow of the offense until the week after he returned, the fact that Moeaki was able to get back on the field so quickly spoke to how hard he’s working to put his past injury problems behind him.

All we need to look at to see how explosive Moeaki can be is he amazing catch against the 49ers.

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