In 2012 kcyoungguns had Michael Rose Ivey write a review on what he thought about the Chiefs 2012 NFL draft. He is back with kcyoungguns.com to give take on how the Chiefs 2012 picks panned out. Here is the link for what he wrote in 2o12. reference. https://kcyoungguns.com/2015/05/04/rating-the-2012-chiefs-draft/
Dontari Poe DT Memphis Round 1
- Dontari Poe’s biggest negative coming out of college was that lack of production that did not match his incredible combine numbers. However, there has not been any knock on Poe since entering the NFL. Widely considered the best 3-4 Nose Tackle in the NFL, Poe has not only been dominant but consistently on the field. At 345-pounds, Poe led all defensive players in percentage of snaps played with 95% this past year. An incredible feat for a man his size who is double and sometimes triple teamed in the Chiefs 3-4 scheme. His production has definitely justified the Chiefs high selection of Poe, as he looks to be the anchor of this defense for years to come.
Jeff Allen OG Illinois Second round pick
- Jeff Allen has been a consistent piece in the revolving offensive line of the Chiefs. Allen has displayed his versatility since becoming a member of the Chiefs. Originally drafted as a OT, the third-year offensive linemen has played in 31 games (27 starts) at the left guard position. He did miss a lot of the season last year with a a torn bicep tendon but looks to be healthy and start at guard.
Donald Stephenson OT Oklahoma Third round pick
- The Kansas City native has given a surprise amount for production in his three years with the Chiefs. He has done well in his limited starting action, but looks to take on a full starting role at left tackle. The belief in Stephenson’s ability to be a solid starter is evident in the Chiefs allowing former LT Branden Albert to walk away in free agency in 2014. This will be a big year for Stephenson as the job seems to be his to lose.
Devon Wylie WR Fresno State Round 4
- Devon Wylie never flourished with the Chiefs but was not really expected to make a big impact. With a lot of other needs at the time, many questioned this selection. However, Wylie did appear in six games his rookie year, catching 6 passes for 53 yards along with occasionally being used as a kickoff and punt returner. Wylie has been a league journey man and is currently a free agent.
De’Quan Menzie Alabama Round 5
- Menzie unfortunately never played for the Chiefs and is currently retired. Menzie is just another Alabama defensive player who may have been a product of a quality system under Nick Saban.
Cyrus Gray Texas A&M Round 6
- Gray was productive coming out of Texas A&M and was thought to be a quality addition to the roster as a sixth round pick. Unfortunately, Gray has been stuck at third string behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis. There has been little opportunity for Gray thus far, but he provides quality depth behind Charles and Davis
Jerome Long DT San Diego State Round 7
- Like many other seventh round picks, Long has had a tough time sticking with a team. Long was cut by the Chiefs and then claimed off the practice squad by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is currently a free agent.
Junior Hemingway WR Michigan Round 7 Pick 31
- Junior Hemingway is quite a surprise and even a paradox in the NFL. As a second to last pick int the draft, Hemingway has seen action and even provided a little production at the WR spot. Hemingway has two touchdown receptions to go along with 233 yards on 25 receptions. Hemingway will be a backup again but he has proven to be reliable when counted upon.
Standout: Dontari Poe NT
- Poe could even be considered the biggest surprise in the draft. A lot of people who prefer film over combine stats had more negatives than positives to say about Poe’s game at Memphis. However since coming to Kansas City, Poe has been nothing but dominant and will continue to be a staple in the Chiefs defense.
Bust: Devon Wylie
- For a 4th round pick, you would expect a little bit more production from Wylie but in his defense he was drafted higher than his value.
Biggest Surprise: Junior Hemingway
- Not much expected from the seventh round pick, but Hemingway has been productive in his limited role with the Chiefs.
Michael Rose Ivey
The Chiefs have not had a dominant defense since the 1990’s. Since then, the Chiefs have had one of the worst defense in the NFL. They have been consistently ranked one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Right now things could be changing for the Chiefs. The Chiefs have a great young nucleus of players on defense.
The defensive line is probably the weakest tier of their defense. However, this could be changing really soon. They already have a couple good young defensive ends in Tyson Jackson and Allen Bailey. Jackson is a great run stuffer, but for him to be considered a great defensive end he needs to rush the quarterback better. Allen Bailey is a second year player who has a chance to be an elite defensive end. He has the elite athleticism and elite strength, but has yet to put all of his skills together on the field. Bailey is going into his second year and I expect a jump in his production this year.
The two wild cards on the defensive line are Jerrell Powe and Dontari Poe. Jerrell Powe is a second year player who looked good in limited action last year. Powe sat most of last year because the coaching staff wanted him to digest the playbook. Powe has the potential to be a good nose tackle in the NFL and could be the tone setter on the Chiefs defense. Dontari Poe on the other hand is going to be a rookie this year. He has the most upside of anyone on the team. He is a 6-4 350 defensive lineman. He has the rare ability to be a 3 down lineman. If he reaches his potential he should play defensive end on 1st and 2nd down then moving to nose tackle on third down passing situations.
The linebackers are the playmakers of the Chiefs defense. The Chiefs have Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker. Derrick Johnson is an All Pro and the leader of the defense. He was the Chiefs best defensive playmaker last year. Jovan Belcher the other inside linebacker is a solid player. He doesn’t make many spectacular plays, but doesn’t make many mistakes. He should be replaced as a starter. Brandon Siler the back up inside linebacker could eventually emerge as a starter. However, it all depends on how he returns from his torn achilles. The Chiefs outside linebackers are Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, they have a chance to be one of the best combo of outside linebackers in the NFL. Tamba Hali is already an All Pro pass rusher registering 10 sacks or more for the past 3 years. Justin Houston is an up and coming player in the NFL. He has a chance to be even better then Tamba Hali. He has the potential to be a 12 to 15-sack guy for a very long time. However, The Chiefs must add depth at outside linebacker.
|The secondary is probably the best tier of the defense right now. They have Brandon Flowers, Stanford Routt, and Javier Arenas at cornerback. This group of cornerbacks has to be considered one of the best units in football. Flowers is a great cover corner for the Chiefs who is also good against the run. Routt is a great number two corner and should excel playing next to Brandon Flowers. Javier Arenas is a good nickel corner and all around player. He is good in run support and can even rush the quarterback. Not to mention a great special team player for the Chiefs. At safety their starters are Kendrick Lewis and Eric Berry. Eric Berry is returning after his ACL tear last year. He is arguably the most important player on the Chiefs defense. He is the biggest game changer on this defense. Kendrick Lewis is a good safety for the Chiefs and makes some good plays for them. Furthermore, he is a stabilizer for the Chiefs on and off the field and should be a starter for many years to come.Connor Willsey / Sam Young
Many times after I have heard about any Chiefs front office moves, the end result is always me quoting the great Vince Lombardi, “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OUT THERE!” To actually hear legitimate reports that the Chiefs may draft (waste) their first round pick on former receiver turned quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, makes me won’t to disregard myself as a Chiefs fan. With some of the many issues under the watch of Pioli in Kansas City, I often wonder how int the world were the Patriots so successful. The talk of the Chiefs drafting Tannehill have heated up as the NFL Draft nears closer and closer, which could means two things: