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Chiefs 2012 Draft Wrap

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Your one-stop resource for Kansas City's entire 2012 Draft Class

Chiefs complete 2012 Draft Packet (PDF)

For the first time of the Scott Pioli era, the Chiefs made no draft day trades. Kansas City came into the 2012 NFL Draft with eight picks and exited with eight new players.

While the Chiefs entered this year’s draft with position flexibility, most of the selections addressed competitive needs. Overall, the Chiefs selected five offensive players and made three defensive additions.

Half of this year’s draft class is made up of offensive and defensive linemen.

“This was a challenging preparation overall with Phil Emery leaving us,” Pioli said, referring to the team’s former Director of College Scouting that was recently named Chicago’s general manager. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of the guys in the scouting department and the coaches.

“This is as interesting and as energizing collaboration between a large group of people that I’ve been involved with in a long time.”

The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs Draft Class…

1st round, 11th overall

NT Dontari Poe, Memphis

Bio | The Pick | Vignette | “The Call” | Q&A | Feature

A long-term solution at nose tackle has remained a team-need for Kansas City since implementing its 34 defense prior to the 2009 season.  By selecting Poe 11th overall, the Chiefs believe they’ve found the best pure nose tackle in this year’s draft and a long-term answer at the position.

Poe’s primary competition for a starting job appears to be 2011 sixth round pick Jerrell Powe. Poe and Powe (pronounced the same) could certainly read 1-2 on Kansas City’s depth chart next season.

Amon Gordon will also factor into the equation, though the Chiefs primarily use the versatile veteran in sub-package sets as a defensive tackle and defensive end. Anothy Toribio, who spent all of last season on the team’s practice squad, will also compete for time.

Mike Mayock’s Analysis

"Think Haloti Ngata. That's the kind of skill set and the kind of size he brings to the table. He's got average college tape, but he's got freakish athletic ability for a big man. Romeo Crennel has a good one here to coach up. ... Most rookie defensive tackles get taken off the field on third downs. This kid's best down is third down."

Notes

1. Poe was the first of eight defensive linemen taken in the first round of the 2012 draft.

2. Poe is the fourth player the Chiefs have drafted from Memphis, joining S Jerome Woods (1st round, 1996), QB Steve Matthews (7th round, 1994) and DB Eric Harris (4th round, 1977).

3. The Chiefs have now picked 12 defensive linemen in the first round, tying with offensive linemen for the most from a single position group in club annals.

2nd round, 44th overall

OL Jeff Allen, Illinois

Bio | Combine | The Pick | Q&A | Feature

The versatile offensive lineman made 47 consecutive starts at tackle (9 at right tackle and 38 at left tackle) for the Illini, but could find himself immediately in the mix for playing time at guard.

With the ability to play both inside and outside, Allen could be the Chiefs top reserve at multiple positions if he doesn’t crack the starting lineup as a rookie.

His body type is on the smaller side for NFL offensive tackles, but perfect for guard. Allen’s never played guard before, so expect the rookie to learn the ins and outs of the position this spring and summer.

Former Illinois teammate Jon Asamoah is currently the Chiefs starting right guard. Veteran Ryan Lilja starts on the left. side Allen isn’t likely to challenge Branden Albert or Eric Winston for a starting job at tackle, but could find himself in the mix to be Kansas City’s swing tackle in 2012.

Mike Mayock’s Analysis

"He's a natural pass protector, who I think is a Day 1 starter. For Kansas City, I think he's a left guard, which is fine because he's got the skill set to do so."

Notes…

1. Allen was the ninth offensive lineman taken in the 2012 draft and the fifth of the second round.

2. Allen is the sixth player the Chiefs have drafted out of Illinois in team history, joining G Jon Asamoah (3rd round, 2010), C Adam Linger (9th round, 1983), DE Mark Peterson (16th round, 1975), CB Willie Osley (10th round, 1973) and G Dave Powless (15th round, 1965).

3. The selection of Allen was announced by former Chiefs All-Pro G Will Shields, who was one of 33 legendary NFL alumni, including six Hall of Famers, selected to announce picks for their respective franchises.

3rd round, 74th overall

OL Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma

Bio | Combine Q&A | Feature

The Chiefs like Stephenson’s potential to develop into a starting left tackle, but believe he’s further away from making an immediate contribution. He started for two seasons as Oklahoma’s left tackle, but will be asked to learn both the left and right tackle positions in Kansas City.

Stephenson joins a position group that included just one reserve (David Mims) prior to draft weekend.

Mike Mayock’s Analysis

"Boy is he a talented developmental left tackle. If you keep this kid working hard, get him in a good locker room with a good offensive line coach, which I think Kansas City has, this kid can pan out nicely."

Notes…

1. Grew up a lifelong Chiefs fan and finished his prep career at Blue Springs High School. Was one of 17 local prospects to take part in Kansas City’s local pro day earlier this month.

2. Stephenson joins Ryan Lilja as the only Chiefs players originally from the Kansas City area. Lilja is from Shawnee, Kansas and prepped at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

3. Stephenson became the 11th player drafted out of Oklahoma in franchise history. Oklahoma ties with Iowa and USC for the fourth-most players selected from a team school in team annals. The last player Kansas City drafted from Oklahoma was DE Jimmy Wilkerson (6th round, 2003).

4th round, 107th overall

WR Devon Wiley, Fresno State

Bio | Combine | Q&A | Feature

Fills a team need at slot receiver, a position that had its depth exposed last season when Jonathan Baldwin missed the first two months because of a preseason thumb injury. Wiley will compete for a reserve spot behind Baldwin, Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston.

In addition to adding speed to the receiving core, Wylie will also factor into Kansas City’s return game.

Bucky Brooks’ Analysis

Wylie is a Wes Welker clone with better speed and burst. He is also an explosive returner, possessing outstanding skills with the ball in his hands.”

Notes…

1. Wylie becomes the fifth player in team history to be drafted out of Fresno State and the first since CB James Burton (5th round) and RB Anthony Daigle (6th round) were selected in the 1994 draft. Other franchise draft picks from Fresno State include E Jan Barrett (9th round, 1963) and T/G Doug Pat Brown (1960 future choice).

2. Wylie was the only player from Fresno State selected in the 2012 draft.

3. Wylie becomes the first Chiefs player drafted out of the Western Athletic Conference since WR Kevin Robinson (6th round) from Utah State was taken in 2008.

5th round, 146th overall

DB DeQuan Menzie, Alabama

Bio | Combine | Q&A (Coming Soon) | Feature

Replaced former Chiefs draft pick Javier Arenas as Alabama’s “Star” defensive back in sub-package sets. Also started as an outside cornerback opposite2012 first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick.

Menzie joins a crowded secondary battling for sub-package roles in five and six defensive back personnel. Arenas, Travis Daniels and Jalil Brown all return from last year’s cast of reserve cornerbacks vying for nickel and dime roles, though Menzie could find a home at safety which is much less crowded behind projected starters Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis.

Bucky Brooks’ Analysis

Menzie is an instinctive playmaker with the quickness and burst to make plays on the ball. Although the Chiefs' starting lineup is set, there could be a role for Menzie within their sub packages.”

Notes…

1. Menzie is the eighth player the Chiefs have drafted out of Alabama and the second in the last three years as the club took CB Javier Arenas (2nd round) in 2010. Menzie replaced Arenas on the Crimson Tide defense after beginning his college career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.

2. Menzie was the seventh player from Alabama taken in the 2012 draft, including the fifth on defense for the defending national champions.

6th round, 182nd overall

RB Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M

Bio | Vignette |Q&A

Productive all-purpose back gives the Chiefs a different set of skills than Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis and Dexter McCluster. Posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at Texas A&M, but also caught 30-plus passes as a junior and senior.

Will have time to develop with established players ahead of him, but will still get an opportunity to contribute in 2012. Kansas City had three players log more than 100 rushing attempts last season.

Gray can also play special teams, which will critical for a fourth running back looking to make the team. The Chiefs were attracted to Gray’s leadership attributes, toughness and productivity.

Bucky Brooks’ Analysis

Gray is an underrated runner with outstanding vision and cutback skills. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and could contribute to the Chiefs' offensive attack as a change-of-pace weapon.”

Notes…

1. Gray is the seventh Chiefs draft pick out of Texas A&M and first since RB Dante Hall (5th round) in 2000.

2. Gray is the second running back Kansas City has drafted from Texas A&M as Kansas City also picked Greg Hill in the first round of the 1994 draft.

7th round, 218th overall

DL Jerome Long, San Diego State

Bio |Q&A

Developmental defensive lineman was a tackle for the Aztecs, but will fit as a defensive end in Kansas City’s 34 defense. Caught the eye of GM Scott Pioli during a scouting visit and also gained notice from Chiefs defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant at the San Diego State Pro Day.

The opportunity is present to make the Chiefs roster behind starters Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey.

Bucky Brooks’ Analysis

Long is a hardworking defensive tackle with size and strength. He will fight for a roster spot as a backup.”

Notes…

1. Long becomes the fourth Chiefs player drafted from San Diego State and first since WR Jeff Webb (6th round) in 2006.

2. Long was the fourth San Diego State player to be taken in the 2012 draft.

7th round, 238th overall

WR Junior Hemingway, Michigan

Bio| Vignette |Q&A

Big-bodied possession receiver should crank up the competition for roster spots behind Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin. The Chiefs like his hands and believe his production in college was limited due to Michigan’s style of offense.

Hemingway will need to find a special teams role to beat out reserve receivers like Terrance Copper and Jeremy Horne, who are both active on coverage units.

Bucky Brooks’ Analysis

“Hemingway is a big, talented pass catcher with potential. He could create problems for defenders with his size and strength.”

Notes…

1. Hemingway is the ninth Michigan player the Chiefs have selected and first since T Trezelle Jenkins was picked in the first round of the 1995 draft.

2. Hemingway becomes the second Chiefs wide receiver that played for Michigan, joining Steve Breaston.

Chiefs complete 2012 Draft Packet (PDF)

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