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One of the more questioned picks of the Chiefs' draft was their early second-round selection of Ole Miss RB Dexter McCluster, especially given the club's apparent strength at the position. However, the coaching staff has plans for the rookie that go well beyond running the ball.
"He's an exciting player," said head coach Todd Haley. "… He's got a unique skill set. He was one of the higher-rated running backs we had on the board and he was one of the higher-rated receivers we had on the board. I think when you have a guy, a unique player like that, the No. 1 thing I think you gain or you have a chance to utilize is matchups … because he's a player that you can put in a number of different spots and pressure defenses in a sense."
Reports indicate that the Chiefs have plans to utilize the 5-8, 172-pound McCluster in the slot, where he can take full advantage of his explosiveness to separate from defenders and make big plays after the catch. He may also add another dimension to the offense by taking snaps out of the "Wildcat," something he did during his college days.
"I wouldn't rule anything out," Haley said. "You've got a guy who's handled the football; he did a good job in college of handling the football. And it's not something we really got into last year other than a couple of snaps, but we need to improve, and I think we got a couple players on that side of the ball to help us do that."
From the sounds of it, the Chiefs are more than a little excited about what McCluster will bring to the table.
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