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Old 04-23-2010, 11:40 PM  
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Teicher: Chiefs draft little guys they hope will make big impact

Chiefs draft little guys they hope will make big impact
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs stood up for the little guys with their two choices in the second round of the NFL draft.

Between them, Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster and Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas weigh just a few pounds more than 335-pound offensive lineman Colin Brown, the heaviest of the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are hoping McCluster and Arenas make up for their small statures with outsized impacts and dynamic play. Both were fast, productive players in college.

“When we first got here, watching ourselves on tape in preseason games and then in regular-season games, something we saw a difference with the other teams that we were playing against was team speed, overall team speed,” Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said. “That was one thing we needed to improve. You want to get good football players who are fast.

“We’re a faster football team today.”

The Chiefs went for more size in their two third-round picks. They selected 305-pound Illinois guard Jon Asamoah with their first choice and, after trading with Houston to acquire another pick, 250-pound Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki.

In a traditional sense, the Chiefs addressed only a couple of needs. Arenas and McCluster have the ability to solve the Chiefs’ long-standing need for a kickoff and punt returner. Moeaki could compete for playing time at tight end, where neither Leonard Pope nor Brad Cottam established himself last year.

The Chiefs indicated they will use McCluster as a wide receiver, most likely in the slot when they go to three-, four- and even five-receiver formations. He’s just 5-8 and 165 pounds, so the Chiefs will have to monitor his playing time so as not to wear him out.

But Pioli said they wouldn’t limit themselves to a defined role yet for a player of McCluster’s big-play ability.

“Those roles will define themselves a little more clearly, but as we looked at (McCluster), Dexter is a guy who’s lined up at running back, he’s lined up at receiver, he’s done some return work prior to becoming a big part of their offense, he’s lined up in the Wildcat, he’s done a lot of things,” Pioli said.

“Our staff will be able to use him in different positions on the field, in different places. This staff has worked with guys like David Meggett, guys like Troy Brown, guys like Wes Welker, guys like Wayne Chrebet. Not comparing this guy to those players, but a similar type of player. He’s been a third back, a change-of-pace back, he’s been a receiver.”

Chiefs fans might compare McCluster instead to Dante Hall because of his size, speed and ability to impact a game in different ways.

“I watched a lot of cutups on him returning some kicks,” McCluster said. “He did some amazing, amazing things. I’ve heard a lot about him and hopefully I’ll be talked about like he was.

“When I’m at receiver, I don’t miss a beat. When I’m at running back, I don’t miss a beat.”

McCluster returned some kicks early in his career at Ole Miss but was removed from those duties to preserve him for offense. McCluster said he can be a top returner in the NFL.

“I do it every day,” he said. “I work hard at it every day and it’s not going to be a problem at all. Kansas City had me work out and catch some punts for them. I think I did a great job.”

McCluster and Arenas played against one another each year in college.

“He’s a handful, to sum it up,” Arenas said. “I had to cover that guy for all of my four years at ’Bama. You’ve got to bring your A game for a guy like that. He’s fast. He’s an athlete and a competitor as well.”

Arenas, at 5 feet 9 and 197 pounds, could initially challenge for playing time as a nickel back.

“The other thing he can do from that position is that he’s one of the best blitzing defensive backs that I’ve seen in a long time,” Pioli said. “He knows how to blitz in terms of timing.”

Asamoah will initially be insurance for starting guards Brian Waters and Ryan Lilja.

The draft concludes with the final four rounds today. The Chiefs traded their fourth-round pick and one of their three fifth-round picks to the Texans for the right to draft Moeaki.

That leaves Kansas City with two picks in the fifth round and none in the sixth or seventh rounds.
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Old 04-24-2010, 05:34 AM   #2
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What a TOTAL TURD of a 2nd round. Our 2A is a midget RB who we HOPE can make the transition to slot WR and at 2B we traded TG for another role playing midget. Un -FKN - Real...
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Then the chiefs should try to sign everyone from my kids little league, they are all short and fast. Basically, the chiefs feel they could totally dominate a little league.
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