The Kansas City Chiefs are on the verge of having all of their draft picks in camp on time. On Wednesday the team announced they have signed second round picks Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas.
McCluster (5-8, 170) was the first of the Chiefs two second-round selections (36th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He appeared in 40 games (28 starts) at Mississippi, catching 130 passes for 1,703 yards (13.1 avg.) with seven TDs, while rushing 304 times for 1,955 yards (6.4 avg.) with 15 TDs. He also returned 19 kickoffs for 374 yards (19.7 avg.) and eight punts for 57 yards. He compiled 1,717 all-purpose yards as a senior, the second-highest seasonal total in school history.
Arenas (5-9, 197) joined the Chiefs as the second of the club’s two second-round selections (50th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in 52 games (28 starts) at Alabama, registering 154 tackles (104 solo), 17.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks (-74.0 yards), six INTs with one touchdown, 14 passes defensed and nine QB pressures. He also returned 125 punts for 1,752 yards (14.0 avg.) with seven TDs and 90 kickoffs for 2,166 yards (24.1 avg.). He ranks second in NCAA history with eight career return TDs (seven punt returns, one INT).
That leaves (officially anyway) first-round pick Eric Berry and third-round selection Jon Asamoah as the only unsigned picks. However, there are several reports that Asamoah has already been signed so that means it’s a waiting game on the fifth overall pick.
With more and more first-rounders coming on board seemingly by the hour, the chances that Berry shows up on time is looking a lot better than just a couple days ago. You never want a player to hold out, but last year the Chiefs were going to experience growing pains with Tyson Jackson no matter if he signed on time or not. But in Berry’s case, he needs to step in right away and be a defensive leader, something that is more difficult to do the more practices that he misses.
I’d like to thank Javier Arenas for the inspiration for the post title.