Pioli Talks ’09 Draft & Tyson Jackson

It didn’t qualify for headlines the size of “War Ends in Europe” but Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli did throw out a bit of a shocker when he met with the media on Friday:

“I know some of my limitations as an evaluator and some of the mistakes that I have made in the past.”

Pioli is pretty good about not drinking the Kool-Aid passed about concerning his prowess in selecting players in the NFL Draft. He’s always been willing to admit that the Patriots drafting of Tom Brady with choice No. 199 back in the 2000 Draft was more luck than skill.

Anybody making personnel decisions in the NFL is not going to come through the process with a perfect record. There are too many players that must be evaluated and they are humans with all their faults and foibles. Some football pundits and fans have been quick to confer genius status on Pioli for the Chiefs class of players from last year’s draft – Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster, Javier Arenas, Tony Moeaki and Kendrick Lewis have kick-started the group with strong contributions in their rookie seasons.

“I think the jury’s still out on the 2010 Draft; we don’t know where that is going to end up,” Pioli said. “Sure, we had a number of good young players that came in and contributed as players. You need to have consistency. We don’t know where the 2010 group’s going to end up yet.

“The greater contribution that group of players made was from a make-up standpoint, how they helped us on that continuum of changing the culture and buying into and believing, buying into the way the head coach wants to do things, the way he’s doing things, and the way we are organizationally doing things.”

There’s one more season of evidence for evaluating Pioli’s class from the 2009 Draft and it is not a pretty picture. First-round choice DE Tyson Jackson has been a disappointment. The second-round pick was traded for QB Matt Cassel and LB Mike Vrabel, a move that worked out pretty well. In the seventh round, on the last pick of the draft, they got K Ryan Succop.

But the rest of the draft class was not productive and cannot be sold as such in any manner. Third-round pick DE Alex Magee is gone. Fifth-round choice OL Colin Brown is gone. Seventh-round RB Javarris Williams is gone.

Fourth-round DB Donald Washington, sixth-round WR Quinten Lawrence and seventh-round TE Jake O’Connell remain, but have contributed little in minor roles on the offense, defense and special teams.

“I think the jury’s still out on that draft and time will tell, but I think looking at it in its entirety is important to do,” Pioli said. “I think looking at drafts through a very, very narrow scope of things can be damaging.

“What I would say is your perception of it is that it’s not a productive draft, but I look back to that draft and think we do have a good player in Tyson Jackson. I know the jury is still out; we all need to see that. Everyone in our organization is pretty confident still that Tyson is going to be a good player.”

Jackson has played in 28 games over two seasons, producing 62 tackles and one sack. Would Pioli draft Jackson again?

“I’d take the same player again,” Pioli said. “Absolutely. Absolutely.”

7 Responses to “Pioli Talks ’09 Draft & Tyson Jackson”

  • April 16, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    When I see in quotation marks Pioli saying “I’d take Jackson again”. “Absolutely, Absolutely” I see a stubborn egotistical man that refuses to admit that he made a MAJOR MISTAKE by picking Tyson Jackson. Like I have stated before after 28 games we should have atleast seen some “glimpses of greatness” from time to time. Take a look at Berry, Bowe, Hali,& Dorsey all first round picks. Have they not only shown “glimpses of greatness” but gone well beyond that???? GOD I GUESS SO, TO SAY THE LEAST!!!!! Berry has “already shown” that he is a GREAT PLAYER. How long is it gonna take before Pioli admits that Tyson Jackson is a BUST. Something that most of us already know after 28 games that have shown us nothing. Atleast he knows how to pull his jersey down quite well over his stomach after each play. Go back and watch your tapes and you’ll see what Iam talking about.

  • April 16, 2011  - leonard says:

    Chuck P , you are an ass

  • April 17, 2011  - Kenneth says:

    Every draft pick ever made is a total crap shoot, whether Pioli is stubborn or egotistical and will damage the team isn’t really for us to decide.

    Its for Clark Hunt and his family to decide.

    If 2009 was our worst Chiefs draft under Pioli’s watch then I for one can live with that as long as that type of draft doesn’t happen often.

  • April 17, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    Leonard; I must have hit a “nerve” with you. Well they always say “the truth hurts the worst”. Iam just telling the truth, but like Jack Nicholson said in the movie “Leonard, YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • April 17, 2011  - Mark M. says:

    Chuck P.
    Your comments are only uneducated opinions, just like everyone else who submits our thoughts.
    If you really knew what you were talking about you would be paid for your thoughts.

    As Leonard implied, you do come across as a arrogant and intense. You might just consider chillin’.

  • April 17, 2011  - Jon says:

    Really, what’s Pioli supposed to say? When he doesn’t believe in Jackson anymore, they’ll cut him. Otherwise they have his back until that point.

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