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Pioli has speed, versatility on the mind in Round Two

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By Michael Blunda

It's pretty obvious that Chiefs GM Scott Pioli had one thing on his mind when he made his two second-round picks Friday night: speed.

By grabbing Ole Miss RB Dexter McCluster (No. 36) and Alabama CB Javier Arenas (No. 50), Pioli might have ignored some of Kansas City's major needs, but he added a whole lot of excitement to a roster that lacked it. Along with first-round S Eric Berry, all three of the Chiefs' picks have been from the SEC.

Although he's listed as a running back, McCluster is flexible enough to play the slot, and that's likely where he'll be spending a lot of his time in K.C. The Chiefs already have Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones in the backfield, but they don't have a lot of depth at receiver. McCluster is a small, quick, tough player who can be a safety valve for QB Matt Cassel underneath and make big plays with the ball in his hands.

Arenas, meanwhile, is considered one of the best return men in the 2010 draft, and he'll instantly become the Chiefs' primary returner. He is quick with very good instincts and isn't afraid to take hits. On defense, he could step in as the team's nickel corner and, along with Berry, help make the Chiefs' secondary one of the toughest in the league.

Kansas City wasn't in desperate need of another RB or DB, but Pioli understands the value of speed and versatility in today's game, and he went out and got two of the quickest, most versatile players in this year's draft.


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