After struggling early in the Chiefs rookie camp last May, Moeaki starting making a name for himself within the coaching staff with his steady work in OTA and Mini-Camp sessions. He's a player that can run precise routes, catch the ball over the middle of the field and is already an accomplished blocker.
Still he has some mighty big shoes to fill in replacing Tony Gonzalez who was traded back in 2009 to Atlanta. However, coming out of college, Moaeki is a better all-around tight end than Gonzalez was coming out of the University of California back in 1997. It remains to be seen if he can have the same type of career in Kansas City.
But the issue at the forefront of that debate, until he can prove otherwise, is his ability to stay healthy. Can he make it through the brutality of a 16-game schedule in the NFL?
The Chiefs think he can and that's why they moved up to the back end of the third round to take Moeaki.
Last year the Chiefs struggled at the tight end position using four different players. None of them stood out. Moeaki figures to change that.
He becomes the third draft pick to sign with the Chiefs, and the second this week, joining fellow fifth round draftees Safety Kendrick Lewis and Defensive End Cameron Sheffield.
The Chiefs are expected to wrap up a deal with their third round draft pick Illinois Guard Jon Asamoah at some point over the weekend.
As far as the Chiefs second round picks, cornerback Javier Arenas and Mississippi Receiver Dexter McCluster, those contracts may not get done until late next week.
Not many of the 2010 second round selections have signed to this point and the Chiefs might have to wait until the market settles to get Arenas and McCluster signed, sealed and delivered.
In regards to the Chiefs first round pick, Eric Berry, those talks might not heat up until the beginning stages of training camp. Only one first rounder has signed to date. Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Dez Bryant signed a five-year deal worth $11.8 million with the Dallas Cowboys.
Berry's contract may not be done before the strt of training camp.
The Chiefs aren't likely to get serious with Berry until the St. Louis Rams conclude their deal with the top pick in the 2010 draft, Quarterback Sam Bradford from Oklahoma. Reports are indicating that Bradford could get $50 million in guarantees and that would set Berry up to earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million.
In 2009, USC Quarterback Mark Sanchez signed a five-year deal worth $28 million with the New York Jets. The Chiefs have to weigh the options if they feel Berry is worth that money based on the position he plays.
But that's a moot point until Bradford gets his deal done. That and nothing else will determine what dollars Berry might expect from the Chiefs.
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