Rating the 2012 Chiefs Draft

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The Chiefs did not make the AFC field for the playoffs last season, but that did not have general manager Scott Pioli trolling the draft waters for immediate help and contributors to his starting lineups. Instead, Pioli drafted like he’s had a solid contender for several seasons, selecting eight draft picks that almost to a man, are down the line players for the Chiefs. “One of the things we talk about is trying to get this team bigger, stronger, faster, tougher and we feel in the last two days we have certainly gotten bigger, stronger, faster, tougher,” Pioli said. “We’ve created quality depth and definitely created competition throughout the football team.” BEST PICK: Tackle Jeff Allen: A four-year starter at Illinois at left and right tackle, Allen may be switched to guard with the Chiefs and compete with veteran Ryan Lilja for the starting job at left guard. – The Sports Xchange

Dontari Poe DT Memphis Round 1 11th pick

GRADE: A

Jeff Allen OT Illinois Second round pick 12

Moved to Guard. Expected to start

  • Third-year offensive lineman has played in 31 games (27 starts) at left guard.
  • Has also started one postseason contest at left guard.

GRADE: B-

Donald Stephenson OT from Oklahoma Round 3 pick 11

Projected starting right tackle

  • Third-year offensive lineman appeared in all 16 games with seven starts in both of his first two seasons with the Chiefs.

GRADE: B

Devon Wylie WR Fresno State Round 4 Pick 12

He played in only six regular-season games, catching 6 passes for 53 yards. Wylie also was used occasionally as a kickoff and punt returner. However, Wylie was released on September 1, 2013, prior to the 2013 regular season. Bounces around the NFL until being waived by the 49ers

GRADE: D

De’Quan Menzie Alabama Round 5 Pick 11

Never played for the Chiefs and was cut in May 2013. He has retired from the NFL.

GRADE: D-

Cyrus Gray Texas A&M Round 6 Pick 12

Third string behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis. Recorded one touchdown in 24 career carries.

GRADE: B

Jerome Long DT San Diego State Round 7 Pick 11

Claimed off the practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Is not in the NFL.

GRADE: D

Junior Hemingway WR Michigan Round 7 Pick 31

Hemingway is currently on the roster but is only a backup but nothing else way expected from the 31st pick in the seventh round. Hemingway has two touchdown receptions to go along with 233 yards on 25 receptions.

GRADE B

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