Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Chiefs realize Berry is can't-miss safety

About the Author

Recent posts by Michael Blunda

Player-organized workouts a serious gamble

Posted March 29, 2011 @ 9:31 a.m.

Chargers have reason to celebrate kickoff changes

Posted March 24, 2011 @ 10:19 p.m.

Extended lockout could set back Cassel, K.C. offense

Posted March 16, 2011 @ 2:03 p.m.

ILB decision could shape Chargers' offseason plans

Posted March 09, 2011 @ 11:23 p.m.

Related Stories

Chiefs ink TE Fasano to four-year deal

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5:16 p.m.

Chiefs add CB Robinson

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 8:58 a.m.

Kansas City Chiefs: 2013 team needs

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 2:44 p.m.

Chiefs release ORT Winston

Posted March 07, 2013 @ 4:47 p.m.

Chiefs tag Albert; re-sign Bowe, Colquitt

Posted March 04, 2013 @ 5:02 p.m.

Three takeaways from Smith deal

Posted Feb. 28, 2013 @ 3:48 p.m.

Report: 49ers trade QB Alex Smith to Chiefs

Posted Feb. 27, 2013 @ 12:15 p.m.

Chiefs' Dorsey eyes '333 players' for first pick

Posted Feb. 22, 2013 @ 4:33 p.m.

Reid: Chiefs open to trading top pick

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 4:34 p.m.

Position change gets LSU's Eric Reid on NFL track

Posted Feb. 19, 2013 @ 6:33 p.m.
Posted April 22, 2010 @ 8:23 p.m. ET
By Michael Blunda

Safeties rarely go in the top five — the last one was the late Sean Taylor in 2004. But safeties like Tennessee's Eric Berry don't come around very often.

Realizing they had a massive hole to fill at the position, the Chiefs made the right call by drafting Berry with the No. 5 pick, regardless of the belief that safeties aren't worth picking that high. Kansas City finished 30th in total defense last season, and the "D" now has someone who can be a difference maker from the get-go.

An athletic, ballhawking player with incredible instincts, Berry will come in and start for the Chiefs right away. Whether it'll be at free safety or strong safety — he played both in college — remains to be seen, but either way, he'll provide an instant upgrade. With a nose for the ball, he can sit back in coverage and pick off the deep ball. But he also can cheat up to the line and use his physicality to bang in the box and stop the run. He's the type of all-around defensive back this club has been missing.

Given the Chiefs' need on the offensive line, GM Scott Pioli might take some heat for passing on Oklahoma State OLT Russell Okung, regarded by many as the top O-lineman in the draft. But K.C. always can address that need with one of their second-rounders. In the top five picks, it's essential to get a guy who is a sure thing, and Berry is just that. He's likely to have a long, productive career.


For the most authoritative NFL draft news and free-agency analysis, visit

Comments ()