Chiefs Add Depth in Round Five

With only two picks in the final day of the NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs had hoped to hit a pair of home runs. Instead they went for depth selecting Safety Kendrick Lewis from Ole Miss and Troy University Defensive End Cameron Sheffield.

Kendrick Lewis joins his former Ole Miss teammate wide receiver Dexter McCluster, who was a second round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.

Both players come to the Chiefs with great speed and solid football instincts. Lewis is an interesting choice for the Chiefs who could eventually supplant veteran Jarrad Page, who was in Head Coach Todd Haleys' dog-house a year ago before he went down with a season ending injury.

In fact, a combination of Eric Berry the Chiefs first round pick from Tennessee, and Lewis is not out of the question as a potential starting tandem in 2010.

The Chiefs needed to get a pair of safeties in this draft because they did not sign veteran Mike Brown and back Jon McGraw is really a special teams performer at this stage of his career.

Lewis converted from wide receiver to safety after his freshmen year at Mississippi. Despite the fact he's not a hard-hitting drive them in the ground safety, he is a tackling machine and had 88 tackles as a senior. He does excel in pass coverage and could very well play some nickel for the Chiefs. He won't wow you with his speed but he's very comfortable in open spaces.

In drafting Tory University defensive end Cameron Sheffield with their second pick of the round, the Chiefs found themselves a player who can make plays in the backfield. He is considered a tweener and could grow into a starting defensive end for the Chiefs; that is if he can bulk up. If not most scouts project him as outside linebacker at the next level.

He does have the ability to get to the quarterback and for a fifth round pick he serves as tremendous value for the Chiefs.

But what makes him so good is he never quits on plays and that might be why the Chiefs passed on defensive tackle Cam Thomas from North Carolina who was drafted a few picks later by the San Diego Chargers.

There is no question that with Sheffield on the defense that he was the primary reason Troy had the best defensive unit in the Sun Belt Conference.

Sheffield could serve as a solid back up for Tamba Hali in 2010, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. But the Chiefs found themselves a warrior and someone to keep an eye on in training camp.

The Chiefs don't have any picks in rounds six or seven but don't be surprised if they make a few more acquisitions before the day is finished.

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