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Count Zarth
04-28-2007, 08:17 PM
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For the second year in a row, the Chiefs surprised with their second-round pick, this year selecting University of Tennessee defensive tackle Claude “Turk” McBride. Last year, the Chiefs took safety Bernard Pollard, a pick that had most everyone scratching their heads. But by the time training camp rolled around, everyone understood why he was selected.

Hopefully for the Chiefs, lightning can strike twice in consecutive years with McBride. The Chiefs took the 6-foot-3, 277-pounder with bigger names like Tank Tyler and Brandon Mebane on the board. It’s evident they saw something in McBride despite his relatively small size.

“Here’s a guy who can play end and tackle,” said head coach Herm Edwards. “He’s probably 277 pounds, and can get up to 285. He’s very quick, a penetrator who stays on his feet. Very tough. A guy with a great motor.”

McBride is a versatile player, capable of playing both defensive tackle and end. The Chiefs will likely need him to do both with a lack of impact players on the inside and an upcoming four-game suspension for defensive end Jared Allen. In fact, McBride will probably find himself on the field an awful lot this season, playing early and often.

“He was asked to play dual positions at Tennessee a lot – sometimes inside and outside,” said Edwards. “The more you break him down, the more he can help us. He’s very good on the edge against guards. You can use him on first downs if you need to, inside and outside, and on third down. You can bring him back in and put him on a guard. He can give us a good inside rush.”

“No doubt - he’s in the rotation right now. He has the ability at this point with our situation and could be the starting end. On third down, you want your best players rushing and you have Jared (Allen), Tamba Hali and this guy along with other players who have the potential to put pressure on the quarterback because they can beat one-on-one blocks. You want to single guys up and if it’s ‘three technique’ on the pass rush, he has the ability to beat guards.

Edwards added that McBride reminds the Chiefs of another impact defensive lineman. In fact, one they drafted last year.

“This guy reminds me a little bit of Tamba (Hali) the way he puts his face on guys when he tackles,” said Edwards. “He’s a punishing tackler. He comes down the line and plays with a lot of violence.”

PRE-DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

Positives - Athletic defensive lineman whose game is on the rise. Displays great quickness, gets off the snap with a tremendous first step and plays with good pad level. Rarely off his feet, effectively works his hands and shows a variety of pass rush moves. Immediately alters his angle of attack and makes plays latterly. Keeps his feet moving on contact and gets a lot of momentum going up the field. Fires through the gaps upfield and has a good closing burst.

Negatives - Undersized and easily blocked at the point. Marginally productive until the 2006 season.

Analysis - Processing a large degree of upside, McBride offers potential at a number of defensive line positions. Could develop into a twp-gap defender or has possibilities as a three-technique lineman.