Chiefs Move To Offense In Round Six

After selecting defense with three of their first four draft choices, the Chiefs moved to the offensive side of the ball in the sixth round. They selected offensive tackle Tre Stallings from Mississippi and wide receiver Jeff Webb from San Diego State.

In the sixth round you hope to get the best available athlete on the board. In taking Tre Stallings, the Chiefs hope to develop some more depth at tackle. Stallings has played both guard and tackle, but the Chiefs feel he's better suited to play on the outside. Stallings father, Robert, played for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1980's.

In 2005, Stallings didn't progress as well as scouts would have liked. He's considered a decent project and a long shot to make the Chiefs roster. He'll need a year of seasoning in NFL Europe.

The Chiefs are in need of a young offensive tackle for the future, but it's unlikely that Stallings will beat out Will Svitek, who is currently having an outstanding season for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe.

With their second pick of the sixth round the Chiefs selected speed burner Jeff Webb from San Diego State. Webb, a college teammate of Herman Edwards' son Marcus, has excellent size and speed. He ran a 4.3 at the NFL combines but has not yet learned how to effectively use his god-given speed.

In 2005, Webb was the Bulldogs' top receiver, catching 79 passes and eight touchdowns. He spent five seasons at San Diego State, missing the 2002 season because he was academically ineligible.

Despite that setback, he became only the fourth player in school history to lead the team in receiving yards for three straight seasons.

Webb brings a combination of size and speed that the Chiefs' receiving corps has lacked. At 6'2" he has incredible hands and he's not afraid to go over the middle. His strength is running down the sidelines and making chunks of yards after the catch.

He'll have a good chance to crack the Chiefs opening-day roster. With Craphonso Thorpe ready to challenge Samie Parker for a starting job opposite Eddie Kennison, Kansas City needs to find a capable fourth receiver. Jeris McIntyre will be entering his third season with the Chiefs.

In a weak 2006 wide receiver class, Webb could be one of the top sleepers of the second day. Of all the second day draft picks the Chiefs made, Webb might be the best.

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