Pioli's Posse

The manifestation of this new regime and its long term plans are starting to come into fruition after the second day of the 2010 NFL draft came to a close. After two days of predictions, surprises, and watching cant miss prospects be relegated to second round risks, the face of this new franchise began to shine, or should I say snarl.

After the dust had settled the Chiefs were left with a group of scrappy bullies with loads of potential, all of whom fulfill a glaring need or weakness.

Round two produced a duo with a severe case of little guy attitude. As well as carrying huge chips on their shoulders, "Dirty" Dexter McCluster and Javier "don't you stare" Arenas are two players that are packed full of potential.

"Size always seems to be the topic of discussion," McCluster said. "But it hasn't been an issue lately. It's definitely something that hasn't stopped me yet." Both cut their teeth in what many believe is the toughest conference in college football, the SEC.

In McCluster the Chiefs not only get an explosive and versatile slot receiver but also a player that can lay the wood as a blocker. He also brings with him the elusiveness to avoid tackles much like former running back turned slot receiver Dante Hall.

Unlike Hall however, McCluster is a very capable undersized receiver who never averaged less than 11.8 yards per reception as a running back. In his 4 years at Ole' Miss, "the dirty one" carried the ball just over 300 times and never lost a fumble. Not only will McCluster add another option at the slot receiver position but also give new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis some interesting 3rd down scenarios with both Jamal Charles and McCluster in the backfield.

Javier Arenas also brings an exceptional resume of physicality and big play ability to the table. Along with being a shutdown corner for four years at Alabama, he is also ranked as possibly the best return man in this year's draft. While averaging 24 yards a carry on kickoff returns, he also set an NCAA record with 7 punt returns for touchdowns.

In the third round the Chiefs continued their intent of stock piling tough and aggressive goons by selecting former fighting Illini Jon Asamoah and then trading up later to select Iowa tough guy TE Tony Moeaki. Both players bring a lunch pale mentality to a team that has grown somewhat soft over the last couple of years.

Asamoah is a hard working, high-energy leader that plays with a nasty aggressive style. He adds some depth to a rapidly growing, and aging, offensive line group that is becoming a little over crowded.

Moeaki will join a meekly group of tight ends that includes Leonard Pope and Brad Cottam. Despite the perceived depth, Moeaki will still find himself the front runner for the starting job when preseason opens.

With their first two days of picks, Scott Pioli and crew have established themselves as being tough and aggressive, hard nosed workers. This team is going to be mean, physical, and nasty.

All of these players fit into Haley's model of the "right 53". They are all character guys that all share versatility, speed, and leadership qualities, but don't let them fool you. This year's group of rookies was assembled to bully their way through the back door of an AFC west championship.

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