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Chiefs weighing pros, cons of drafting Berry at No. 5

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By Michael Blunda

Word around Kansas City is that the Chiefs are struggling with the decision of whether or not to use their fifth overall draft pick on Tennessee S Eric Berry. Although Berry is by far the highest-rated safety in the 2010 class, it's rare for safeties to be drafted in the top five picks, as the position is viewed by many clubs as too unimportant to invest serious money in. However, team observers believe that if GM Scott Pioli and the Chiefs are convinced that Berry can be a star in the pros, they will not hesitate to select him. After all, Kansas City's safeties had serious issues throughout the 2009 season, making that spot the team's biggest area of need. We're told that it would be a surprise if unrestricted free-agent S Mike Brown, who was slow and often caught out of position last season, is retained, opening up a hole in the starting lineup that Berry instantly could fill. When push comes to shove, Pioli is likely to choose between the former Volunteer and the highest remaining offensive tackle when K.C. picks at No. 5.


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