Bounty Of Picks … Weekend Cup O’Chiefs

For any NFL team that takes the path of building through the draft, every April is a very important time for the future of the franchise.

No other team in the league faces a more critical 2010 NFL Draft than the Chiefs. It very well could be the most important selection meeting for Team Hunt since the earliest days of the AFL-NFL wars for talent.

This week, the league released the official selection order for this year’s draft. Shake out the back story behind the 255 draft choices and there are several noteworthy developments. Among them is this:

The Chiefs have eight of the top 144 selections. That’s one of the best potential hauls of any team in the league.

Cleveland is the only club that can top that with nine of the first 146 picks. As an example of how many gifts the Chiefs will enjoy this season, the Chicago Bears have just three picks in the first 180 and the Carolina Panthers have only three of the first 174 slots. Like the Chiefs and Browns, the Bears and Panthers did not make the playoffs last year.

Those eight choices for the Chiefs are all that they have in this year’s draft, as they are without sixth and seventh round selections. Both of those choices went to Miami, the sixth for offensive linemen Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe and the seventh was dealt in last year’s draft to allow the Chiefs to select TE Jake O’Connell.

Selections in the sixth and seventh rounds are not prime drafting spots. Any time a team gets production out of the last 80 to 90 picks that’s considered gravy by most teams. That’s what makes the career of Patriots QB Tom Brady so remarkable, since he was grabbed with a sixth-round choice, the 199th player selected in the 2000 NFL Draft.

In the little picture of the 2010-11 seasons and the big picture of this next decade, the Chiefs need to hit home runs with these eight choices, especially given the fact they are all within the top 150 spots. They should be able to draft eight players who can contribute to winning. It’s hard to believe that all eight could become starters; that’s a batting average that would put Scott Pioli and his personal department in the Hall of Fame.

But this draft is critical for Pioli, head coach Todd Haley and team chairman Clark Hunt. It’s all tied to the economics of the game and the equation is quite simple: victories = $.

The > the victories means > $; with < winning comes < $.

The Chiefs are 10-38 in the last three seasons, they’ve not won a game in the post-season since January of 1994, attendance declined in the last three seasons, the local TV blackout streak ended, the team currently has less than 40,000 tickets spoken for by season ticket holders, sponsorship revenues are down significantly, so are the sale of suites and prime seating and an expensive renovation of Arrowhead Stadium is nearing completion.

Yes, the bulk of the improvements at the stadium will be paid by a Jackson County sales tax. But the Hunt family has thrown $150 million of their money into the deal as well. They can make that back with sponsorships, suites, premium seating, club payments, etc. But that revenue stream will only flow if the Chiefs field a winning team. Not a soul is going to buy a ticket for a Chiefs game simply to see wider concourses or more restrooms and concession stands.

That’s why it’s important for the worst three-year record in Chiefs history to not become the worst four-year record that the franchise has ever seen. The Hunt Family is a fairly patient group; far more than many owners in pro football. The changes the organization has undergone in the last two years have all been initiated by Clark Hunt and he’s going to be of the mind to allow new personnel and new ideas time to grow.

Yet the realities of the situation are obvious: the Chiefs need to start winning more games than they lose. To do that, they need a lot more talent than is currently in the building. The activity in free agency has been helpful in plugging some immediate holes.

But the future hinges on these eight selections that are now some four weeks away. Mistakes can’t be made. Every choice does not have to be a home run, but it can’t be a strikeout either. These eight must contribute now and certainly in their second, third and fourth seasons. If they are used to make trades, then the player acquired has to rise to the value level of what it cost to select him. It comes down to this: if you trade up, he’d better produce like Tony Gonzalez (’97 trade up) and not like Ryan Sims (’02 trade up.)

Essentially, Pioli hopes to never again be in a position where he has the fifth choice, three of the first 50 picks and five of the top 102 spots. He would rather be in the spot where the New Orleans Saints are for this season, with just one pick in the top 50 and four in the top 200 choices.

That’s what happens when you win Super Bowls. If the Chiefs are going to truly lift themselves from also ran to contender like the Saints did, then the 2010 Draft class must lead the way.

Here’s the complete list of 255 draft choice in order as of March 26th.


This is not the first time the Chiefs have had so many picks early in the NFL Draft. Since the AFL and NFL agreed to one draft starting with the 1966 selection meeting, the Chiefs have had four years where they had eight selections in the top 150 players. That was easier to do in the 1970s and even the 1980s because the league was not at 32 teams.

Here are those four years and what the Chiefs got done in the draft:


Round Pick Player Pos. Career
1 10 Gary Green CB 7 seasons, 100 games/99 starts, 24 INTs
2 37 Tony Reed RB 4 seasons, 56 games/42 starts; 3,566 off. yards
3 67 Thomas Howard LB 7 seasons; 95 games/82 starts; 4 sacks; 7 INTs
4a 92 Mark Bailey RB 2 seasons; 27 games/9 starts; 783 off. yards
4b 94 Tony Samuels TE 4 seasons; 50 games/19 starts; 33 rec.-419 yards
4c 95 Darius Helton G 1 season; 6 games/0 starts
4d 104 Eric Harris CB 3 seasons; 39 games/stars; 17 INTs with 1 TD
6a 150 Rick Burleson DE DNP in regular-season game


Round Pick Player Pos. Career
1 2 Art Still DE 10 seasons; 136 games/starts; 992 TT; 73 sacks
2 29 Sylvester Hicks DL 4 seasons; 43 games/37 starts
3 58 Gary Spani LB 9 seasons; 124 games/108 starts; 999 TT
4a 85 Danny Johnson LB DNP in regular-season game
4b 104 Pete Woods QB DNP in regular-season game
5a 112 Jerrold McRae WR 1 season; 4 games
5b 118 Dwight Carey DT DNP in regular-season game
5c 134 Robert Woods WR DNP in regular-season game


Round Pick Player Pos. Career
1a 5 Bill Maas DT 9 seasons; 116 games/11 starts; 40 sacks
1b 21 John Alt LT 13 seasons: 179 games/149 starts; Pro Bowl
2 34 Scott Radecic LB 3 seasons; 48 games/31 starts; 4 sacks; 4 INTs
3 61 Herman Heard RB 6 seasons; 87 games/51 starts; 3,819 off. Yards
4 90 Mark Robinson S 4 seasons; 48 games/7 starts; 2 sacks; 3 INTs
5a 117 Eric Holle DE 4 seasons; 56 games/7 starts; 2.5 sacks
5b 134 Jeff Paine LB 2 seasons; 26 games; 1 sack
6 146 Rufus Stevens WR DNP in regular-season game


Round Pick Player Pos. Career
1a 5 Glenn Dorsey DL 2 seasons; 31 games/30 starts; 95 TT; 2 sacks
1b 15 Branden Albert OT 2 seasons; 29 games/starts
2 35 Brandon Flowers CB 2 seasons; 29 games/28 starts; 143 TT; 7 INTs
3a 73 Jamaal Charles RB 2 seasons; 31 games/12 starts; 3,292 all-purpose yards
3b 76 Brad Cottam TE 2 seasons; 24 games/8 starts; 16 rec-183 yards
3c 82 DaJuan Morgan S 2 seasons; 28 games/2 starts; 50 TT on def-spec. teams
4 105 Will Franklin WR 1 season; 13 games/1 start; 7 rec-83 yards
5 140 Brandon Carr CB 2 seasons; 32 games/starts; 137 TT; 3 INTs

Still, Spani and Alt are all members of the Chiefs Hall of Fame


The Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots have the most selections in the ’10 NFL Draft with 12 each. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are right behind with 11 choices.

Washington, Chicago and Baltimore have the fewest choices with five each. The Bears have no selection until No. 75, a third-round choice.

When it comes to the top of the draft order, Seattle has two of the first 14 choices. The Buccaneers have three of the first 42 selections, San Francisco has three of 49 and the Chiefs come in with three of the first 50. The Patriots have four of the first 53 picks.

The Bears and Carolina Panthers do not have first-round choices.

With plenty of time remaining for wheeling and dealing, already there have been 49 trades involving the 223 selections that can be dealt. The 32 compensatory choices cannot be traded. Draft choice No. 158 has changed hands four times, starting with the Cowboys, then Patriots, Broncos and now to Oakland; same with selection No. 231 that’s changed hands four times, including twice being held by New England.


  • RAMS – Exclusive Rights Free Agent WR Jordan Kent re-signed.
  • RAVENS – RFA RB Matt Lawrence signed tender offer.
  • REDSKINS – RFA LB Chris Wilson signed tender offer.


Once you hit a certain point, just about everything that rolls past reminds of how old you’ve become.

Such is the case on Friday with the birthday of Hall of Fame RB Marcus Allen. He turns 50 years old.

That doesn’t seem possible, but the man who won Super Bowl MVP honors while playing for the Raiders and then arrived in Kansas City to help the Chiefs to one of their most successful periods in franchise history. Allen played five seasons in red and gold and the Chiefs were 55-25 with six post-season games. That’s an overall winning percentage of .663.

While most of his career statistics came while wearing the silver and black of the Raiders, all the records and milestones of his career came while he was playing for the Chiefs.

It was March 26, 1960 in San Diego, California that Marcus LeMarr Allen stepped into the world.

28 Responses to “Bounty Of Picks … Weekend Cup O’Chiefs”

  • March 26, 2010  - MenInRed says:

    Like Bob stated, these 8 have got to be good ones Mr P., we cant afford any errors this year.

    My hats off to Mr Allen, he was the best retread KC ever picked up.

    Go Chiefs!!!

  • March 26, 2010  - Anonymous says:

    *if your not considering priest holmes as a retread then yes.

    I heard this song and dance in 2008. We didn’t draft so well there so heres to it this time.

  • March 26, 2010  - Mike in MO says:

    I think comparing the 2009 and 2010 drafts is like comparing apples to oranges. This year, Pioli and Haley have had one full season to evaluate their players, something they didn’t have last year. Because of this, they have a more realistic understanding of their needs. Also, the addition of Weis, Crennel, and Thomas, with their vast combined experience, can’t help but positively impact our draft decisions. I’m expecting an outstanding draft. GO CHIEFS!

  • March 26, 2010  - Tim-may says:

    Hey Bob, I think you underestimate how good the 84 draft was. If you recall we also drafted a guy named Kevin Ross in the 7th Round.

    Chiefs gems in 6th, 7th rounds

    Irv Eatman – 8th round
    Kevin Ross – 7th round
    Todd McNair – 6th round
    Dave Szott – 7th round

    You then have to skip about 7 years to really find a good 6th, 7th round guy..

    Ryan Succop – 7th round

    The problem we have is not having a productive draft in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th rounds. Adding three talented guys every year doesn’t cut it. We’ve got to add 5 to 7 guys every year…

  • March 26, 2010  - el cid says:

    Mike, mike, mike, there are just too many true believers like you. Mr Pioli, 4x NFL Exec. of Year, came to KC LATE. But that is no excuse for last years draft. He would/could/supposedly be involved in the NE preparation of the 09 draft. Even if he grabbed guys NE wanted and did not fit the Chiefs, he would have found more than 2 starters for a team that was 2-14 the year before. He seems to have gone out of his way to get kids who could not play the game. Give him Jackson, Magee, and Succop, the rest were not even special teamers, they flat sucked. He traded for a TE that could not beat out 3 off the street guys, etc. No point in beating it to death, 2010 is a year Mr Pioli has to produce and not guys who need 2-3 to show up.

  • March 26, 2010  - Harold C. says:

    Anonymous said “I heard this song and dance in 2008. We didn’t draft so well there so heres to it this time.”

    Well…we are only 2 years removed from the 2008 draft and almost all of those players have played so isn’t the jury still out on how good that draft will ultimately be?

  • March 26, 2010  - Dio says:

    To Anonymous, I think its still too early to pass judgement on 2008. It looks like we have 5 long-term starters there in Dorsey, Albert, Flowers, Charles, and Carr. Plus, Cottam could still prove to be productive but we’ll see. I’d say that’s actually pretty good. Granted, Dorsey and Albert haven’t been the difference makers we had hoped early in their careers but I don’t think its fair to say we didn’t draft so well there. Flowers, Charles, and Carr are all looking like great picks in their slots.

  • March 26, 2010  - el cid says:

    Gag me with a spoon. Only here in KC do we need YEARS to see if a draft pick is any good. Every other team in the NFL has players making the pro bowl after 2 years, making sports center with a sterling play…..NO we get the backs of Chiefs usually getting knocked over on sports center. God knows, we do not want any stinkin’ stars no we need to wait a few years to figure out the pick stink.

  • March 26, 2010  - Jody says:

    The 2009 draft was horrific. I expect much better.

  • March 26, 2010  - Jody says:

    Bill Maas and Gary Green should be in the Chiefs Hall of Fame.

  • March 26, 2010  - Danny W says:

    This will be one of the deepest drafts I think you’ll ever see. It will be crucial no reaches are made. I dont think the pressure could get any higher on the staff. I hope they pull through with some starters. I think it would’nt be that hard to do in all five rounds. THERE NEEDS TO BE IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST YEARS DRAFT PERIOD.

  • March 26, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    I’m curious…

    Who is the player you guys think we should have taken instead of Jackson last year…that had such a huge impact on their team in year one?

  • March 26, 2010  - jimbo says:

    Come on guys, give the past a break. Way too much worrying & drama.
    The Chiefs have begun a new era of stability & winning. This is the first real opportunity for the new guys to work their magic in the draft.
    We all want the same thing, ie…lowering the cost of the Arrowhead experience for ourselves & the new generation of Chiefs fans… A consistent playoff contender team… Players that are the envy of the league… Proudly wearing red on Fridays & being able to give our friends of competing teams a hard time because we just whipped their teams butt. I could go on & on.
    We really need to focus on the big picture. The road to a Lombardi Trophy is being built, albeit a long & winding one. I know I am not alone here… I sincerely believe we have the Mgmt & coaching staff loaded on the bus & are simply picking up the right 53 players along the way.
    Go Chiefs.

  • March 26, 2010  - el cid says:

    Mad Chief, just for fun. How about Ayers, DE, Orakpo, DE, Raji, DT, Harvin, WR, Nick,WR? Like I said just for fun but any would have been no greater “reach” than Jackson. But, that said, I imagine Jackson and Magee will be adequate for our needs. LOL

  • March 26, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    el cid,

    We needed a DE, so Pioli picked the one that he thought was best. Jackson’s play was not impressive by any means, but he did get a years experience in. He won’t be a wide-eyed Rookie next year. Also, he had Krumrie as a DL coach and Pendergast as a DC…which wasn’t much help. So, I’m not ready to bury the kid’s career just yet…like some are.

    I would also add, that if we had a good NT…Jackson probably would have looked a lot better last year. Hopefully, we can find one in the draft this year.

    And btw…Ayers? Raji? Seriously? Because Ayers had like 20 tackles all year. And Raji had worse numbers that Jackson by far. Orapko? Yeah, I’ll give you that one for sure.

  • March 26, 2010  - el cid says:

    Getting kick out of this, the names come from an NFL site naming rookies who mada a difference last year. Funny Jackson’s name does not appear anywhere in the article. So somebody at the NFL office does not agree with you about his value.

    Still do not write him off. Will be adequate at DE. LOL, do not forget my (their) WRs, any would have been better than Wade, Long and company, wouldn’t they?

  • March 26, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    True on the WR’s. Can’t argue that. But, we still would have been minus a starting DE.

    Wow, an article claims Ayers and Raji “made a difference”? Ayers is officially listed with 19 tackles in 15 games. What a difference!

  • March 26, 2010  - SG says:

    Brian Cushing and Michael Oher didn’t look too bad in Year 1 either (but we didn’t need line help).

  • March 26, 2010  - SG says:

    Let’s be realistic about 2009 – it wasn’t a “great” draft – but we should not discount the Cassel we got either. This draft should be much better. From Pioli I expected more. When he delivered Weis and Crennel, he earned increased trust.

  • March 26, 2010  - Stiv says:

    el cid, as you may or may not know DE in a 3-4 scheme isn’t usually a flashy position that puts up gaudy stats, especially concerning rookies. But, Jackson did make the All Rookie team last year. Judging that pick after one measly season isn’t fair to the player or the people who decided to draft him.

  • March 26, 2010  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    According to my Packer fan friends, DT B.J. Raji was not very impressive and was injured for a while. LB Clay Matthews on the other hand … Pro Bowl.

  • March 26, 2010  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    Happy Birthday Marcus!
    You’re only 4 years and 2 days older. And a far greater football player than I could ever dream to be.

  • March 26, 2010  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Cassel’s name is still being brought up as a good pick-up?? 60 million good?? I wish the chiefs would discount his salary at least. We were solid on the O-line before Haley and Pioli got here, thats why they didn’t need an Oher in the draft, haha. I sometimes wonder if Pioli didn’t bring up Jackson’s name last year to Belichick as they were doing there scouting and belichick laughed and told him to go find another job, so he did and drafted Jackson anyway…

    Dorsey should be a beast this year, he was a difference maker in the run defense last year, when he was injured the chiefs allowed the most and second most yards against the club in history.

  • March 26, 2010  - TimR says:

    We had lot of holes to fill guys. You have to build a 3-4 from the front to the back. That’s what Pioli was trying to do – agree or not. We have far too many holes still. It’ll take about 3 decent drafts & offseasons to really assess. We did make progress last year. I believe we’ll make even more progress this year. The real question is what do the brass believe are there needs in order of priority relative to how they stack their board.

    This year, the talent seems to be fairly deep in what would seemingly be several of our top needs: OL, S, DT & LB. The WR class doesn’t seem to be as deep, but still will have quantity there. From a distance, which we all are, the first round decision would seem to be between these 4 positions. It will be interesting to see where we end up. What the pundits see as a reach, our guys may not believe that because of what they see on tape & their projected productivity in our system. We all know statistically our D was not real good, but a closer look reveals some sunshine. We were vastly better on 3 & outs which our O couldn’t capitalize on which put them on the field more. Our NT had to play an ENORMOUS amount of snaps which caused ineffectiveness in the run D. Our S play was not real good, but we had slower guys & backups playing due to injury a great deal. I believe the essential question for Pioli et al, is which side of the ball do we believe a top rated player will impact the effectiveness of the team the fastest. Personally, I believe it will be between OL or S, but one of the other positions wouldn’t surprise me.

  • March 26, 2010  - Dan says:

    Lots of arguments, but I just want to point out that Jarred Page was a 7th round pick (I believe), back in ’07. He has done very well for a 7, wouldn’t ya say? I STILL think giving up Pollard hurt us.

  • March 26, 2010  - Anonymous says:

    Dan says:

    “I STILL think giving up Pollard hurt us.’

    Short term…maybe. Slightly. Long term? No way. Good on one play…gets “smoked” on the next. Pollard was the typical “yo-yo” player that Haley dislikes. I happen to agree.

    Funny how so many people keep bringing up Pollard as “THE guy we should never have cut”. He wasn’t THAT good. Seriously. In fact, as a Chief…I thought he sucked. If he’s playing better for Houston…then good for him. Maybe getting cut by one of the worst Defensive teams in the NFL woke him up a little, and motivated his sorry ass.

    Just my two cents.

  • March 26, 2010  - Merwin in NY says:

    DE Jackson had the second highest tackle numbers of all rookie defensive linemen in last years draft. The LB’s are a different matter, as they will usually get the better numbers especially in a 3-4 defense. I do think getting Jovan Belcher as a ILB stacked up well when compared to Brian Orakpo and Clay Matthews. Just my thoughts, still need better consistency in the defense which I hope we get with Crennel as DC.

  • March 26, 2010  - Danny W says:

    Mad Chief, Merwin, Tim R Stiv

    The point I think everyone is trying to make is that Jackson was rated as a late round pick. The Chiefs picking at number three overall doesnt happen every year. It was a reach way up there. They brought in Cassel Vrabel and every star reciever that ever was in the early part of the decade besides T.O. in the offseason and picked some one very domestic for the time bieng, (no impact year one.) You know they reached when they picked up someone at the same position in round three who in my opinion out performed Tyson Jackson in sacks and the run game all year long.(Alex Magee) Were holding positive thoughts but preparing for the worst. I’m not just going to give them a pass, I love my team too much to be blind fully loyal.

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