The Chiefs drafted Tennessee safety Eric Berry with the 5th pick of the 2010 NFL draft. As a Chiefs fan since the 1980s and a football writer I anticipated this draft and wondered who it would be. In my most recent mock draft I had the Chiefs picking offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga from Iowa.
I have mixed feelings about the Chiefs drafting Tennessee safety Eric Berry with the 5th pick of the 2010 NFL draft. With the emergence of superstar safeties like the Steelers’ Troy Polamaulu, the Colts’ Bob Sanders and the Ravens’ Ed Reed, teams can see the importance of the position.
Eric Berry is a rare talent and could probably play cornerback in the National Football League. But Berry has the skills needed by a safety in the NFL as he is a sure tackler and has play making ability.
According to this ESPN article, Berry had impressive stats in 3 seasons at Tennessee. Fourteen interceptions for 494 yards and 2 touchdowns. Berry added two forced fumbles, three sacks, and 241 tackles.
My analysis of the Kansas City Chiefs drafting Eric Berry in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft must mention who he played for. During his last season at Tennessee, Eric Berry was in Monte Kiffin’s defense. Monte Kiffin is well respected as a defensive coordinator by NFL coaches. The fact that Berry excelled while playing in Kiffin’s Cover Two defense had to play into him being drafted so high.
Eric Berry will be an immediate starter for the Kansas City Chiefs under new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. While he failed as the Cleveland Browns Coach, Romeo Crennel is a good defensive coordinator. Crennel will be running the same 3-4 defense that the New England Patriots ran under him in their Super Bowl years. Eric Berry is needed by the Chiefs in the AFC West Division where they play Phillip Rivers twice a season.
I do have reservations from the Chiefs selecting Eric Berry with their first pick in the 2010 NFL draft. I really felt that for Matt Cassel, Thomas Jones and Jamal Charles to reach their full potential, the Chiefs needed to address their offensive line.
The Kansas City offense has decent skill players but they aren’t skillful when they can’t get past the line of scrimmage. I really wanted Bryan Bulaga or Russell Okrung to anchor the offensive line for the next 10 years.
But if the Chiefs selection of Eric Berry in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft leads to some pick sixes against Rivers, I can live with it. I just hope the Chiefs can help their offensive line and maybe put a good linebacker in front of Eric Berry later in the draft.
For a proper analysis of the Chiefs picking Eric Berry, we will need to wait at least two seasons. No player no matter what his college credentials are, can really be judged until he has played in the NFL. When the big boys lace it up on Sunday’s we will know how good Eric Berry is.
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