With Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung on the board and Notre Dame Quarterback Jimmy Clausen still available. The Kansas City Chiefs turned down multiple trade offers including one from Jacksonville to draft a player that should have an immediate impact on their defense.
There was a clear line between Tennessee Safety Eric Berry and the other safeties on the board and the Chiefs snagged them arguably the best prospect at that position to come to the NFL in years. With the addition of Berry, new Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel, has the type of player that could change the fortunes of the Chiefs deep secondary.
With Jarrad Page coming off an injury riddled season and veteran Jon McGraw long in the tooth, Berry instantly becomes a starter for a defense that ranked near the bottom of the heap in 2009. From day one, he should line up opposite Page who recently signed his one-year tender and the Chiefs all of a sudden have a very talented secondary.
In 2008 the Chiefs under Carl Peterson, drafted cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr. Last year General Manger Scott Pioli added Ohio State cornerback Donald Washington in the fourth round.
Now by adding Barry in his second draft, Pioli has successfully created a solid corner safety quartet that could pay big dividends for the Chiefs in 2010.
It was a bold move by Pioli who had no less than four teams interested in trading up. But it's a solid choice and arguably behind Nebraska Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh, Berry was the second best defensive player in this draft and now he's a Kansas City Chief.
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Chiefs Tab Safety Eric Berry
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