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KC first-round picks are hugely important

Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:41 pm
In an interesting exercise, Josh Looney of the official Chiefs web site breaks down Kansas City’s picks from the 2010 Draft and projects where they might land once the regular-season begins.

The consensus is this: though not many will break into the starting lineup – first-round pick, S Eric Berry, however, might receive that opportunity if he impresses in training camp – all could be given a chance to earn plenty of playing time.

Then, for comparison’s sake, Looney looks at the team’s past five draft classes and how much those picks played during their rookie seasons. With the exception of WR Dwayne Bowe – who started every contest but one – each No. 1 pick started all 16 games in his first season. On a side note, every second-round pick made since 2005 played, if not started, at least 15 games in their respective years.

Which tells you that either Kansas City’s front office is genius when it comes to picking first-round players who immediately make an impact, or the Chiefs are annually so thin that they have no choice but to play their rookies so much. Either way, it's good news for Berry.

--Josh Katzowitz

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