Insider Blog: Perfect Score

Posted Apr 25, 2010

NFL columnist Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News turned in his draft grades and Kansas City gained his only perfect score

Some of the most respected football writers in the country are beginning to hand out their annual NFL Draft Grades. We all know that, internally, the Chiefs feel good about the needs that were addressed over the weekend, but how does the rest of the country feel?

For Rick Gosselin, NFL columnist for The Dallas Morning News, the Chiefs were perfect this year. He gave them the highest grade of all 32 teams on Sunday morning. Kansas City’s A on Gosselin’s grade card was the only perfect score that he handed out this year.

“The Chiefs drafted the NFL defensive rookie of the year in Berry – and a slew of other

good players. Arenas was the best returner in the draft, and McCluster will give the

AFC matchup problems at both running back and receiver.”

Many believe that the Chiefs were successful in getting the top-rated guard in the draft (Jon Asamoah), outside of Idaho’s Mike Iupati who will likely play tackle in the NFL, and two of the higher-rated players at their positions in WR Dexter McCluster and TE Tony Moeaki.

Those three players have garnered enough praise and the addition of S Eric Berry at number five overall only enhances the opinions surrounding Kansas City’s 2010 draft results across the country.

Outside of Gosselin’s perfect score, the Chiefs also receiving positive grades from the following football gurus.

Fox Sports NFL – Grade = B

Summary: Former NFL coach Monte Kiffin says that Tennessee safety Eric Berry is ready to play right away on the pro level and destined to be a star. Berry likes to think of himself as the next Ronnie Lott. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss, could be the slot receiver that Matt Cassel had in Wes Welker when with the Patriots. Many compare McCluster to Darren Sproles or former Giants Dave Meggett when gauging his versatility. And with the pick for Tony Gonzalez, the Chiefs took Javier Arenas of Alabama, who may be the best returner in the draft. He's only 5-8, but he made a lot of plays for the Tide off the edge. The first three picks all came from the SEC. Free safety Kendrick Lewis plays better than he ran at the Combine and is a classic overachiever and high character player.

Mel Kiper (ESPN) – Grade = B-

Summary: Say this for the Chiefs: They added players you'll notice. Eric Berry is an impact safety and should become a star. Let's make one last Ed Reed comparison before we close the book on this draft. Dexter McCluster early in Round 2 surprised some people -- Jamaal Charles has impressed -- but a lot of people don't realize how versatile McCluster is. Aside from his obvious rush and return skills, he has great hands and can line up in the slot. He diversifies that offense. Still, the Chiefs are no better on either the offensive or defensive line, outside of Jon Asamoah, but I felt he played better as a junior. Javier Arenas is a good little player, but not a starter.

Those are just a few of the early grades that have begun to trickle in. Monday morning should provide a slew of final grades from football pundits across the country.

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