Grading The Kansas City Chiefs’ Last 5 First-Round Draft Picks

Grading the Kansas City Chiefs' Last 5 First Round Draft Picks

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The 2014 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and it will be very interesting to see who the Kansas City Chiefs select in the first round. They have the No. 23 overall pick and several holes to fill. There is a lot of promising talent in this draft, but as the Chiefs have learned in the past, there are no sure things. The team has selected some definite hits and definite misses in the first round over the last five drafts.

5. OT Eric Fisher (2013, No. 1 Overall): C+

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5. OT Eric Fisher (2013, No. 1 Overall): C-

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Fisher was terrible at the beginning of the 2013 season, but he came along nicely as the year wound down. It's still a little early to judge. His strong finish was a huge relief for the coaching staff and front office to see as selecting a bust with the first overall pick would not soon be forgotten by fans.

4. DT Dontari Poe (2012, No. 11 Overall): A-

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4. DT Dontari Poe (2012, No. 11 Overall): A-

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So far so good for Poe, who got a much-deserved Pro Bowl selection in his sophomore season. This was former GM Scott Pioli's last first-round pick with the Chiefs, and fans have to give him credit. This was a risky pick that is looking pretty good.

3. WR Jon Baldwin (2011, No. 26 Overall): D-

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3. WR Jon Baldwin (2011, No. 26 Overall): D-

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Fans also have to give Pioli credit for Baldwin, whose immaturity and terrible hands have made him such a bad bust that the Chiefs traded him for a player who probably was going to be dropped by the San Francisco 49ers anyway (A.J. Jenkins).

2. S Eric Berry (2010, No. 5 Overall): A

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2. S Eric Berry (2010, No. 5 Overall): A

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Berry was a can't-miss prospect who definitely lived up to the hype. He's arguably the best strong safety in the NFL, and one of the most versatile defenders in the game.

1. DE Tyson Jackson (2009, No. 3 Overall): D

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1. DE Tyson Jackson (2009, No. 3 Overall): D

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This was a bafflingly dumb pick by Pioli and the Chiefs, who probably could have traded down about 15 spots and still got Jackson. He's a one-dimensional defensive end who only managed to put together one decent season in Kansas City. The 2009 NFL Draft was possibly the worst in Chiefs history.


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