Yesterday on Twitter, SI’s Peter King said that the Kansas City Chiefs would never draft a safety in the top 5. Meanwhile, in Don Banks’ latest mock draft, he feels that’s exactly what Scott Pioli will do come April.
5. Eric Berry – S, Tennessee
With both of the top quarterbacks getting pushed up into the top four, the Chiefs really get lucky in this scenario. They get to choose between Berry and Okung, the draft’s premier offensive tackle. They could use either player, but the pool of talent in this draft is deeper at tackle than safety, so it makes sense to take Berry and try to get their OT in the second round. Even if it means Branden Albert remains at left tackle for the time being, with the draft pick manning the right side.
King is certainly more connected around the league than I am, but if Berry is still on the board when the Chiefs pick I don’t understand how he isn’t destined for Kansas City. Safety is the biggest need for a defense that was horrid for long stretches last season and Berry is one of the best at the position in the past three drafts. He is the type of guy that you don’t get a chance to sign in free agency, so you have to be lucky enough to be in a position to draft him.
Todd Haley has to worry about keeping Matt Cassel upright, but it will be a much easier task with an already improved offensive line and a full season with a real running game.
I feel confident saying that the Chiefs will be better off with Albert-Waters-Wiegmann-Lilja-O’Callaghan and Berry leading the secondary than drafting a young tackle and trying to hold the defense together with a stop-gap at safety.