KCCD Staff Writer: Elliot Dennis
How did the Chiefs 2012 Draft Picks perform in their inaugural 2012 season?
DT Dontari Poe
Coming in, Poe was considered a major project. He has all the physical tools to succeed, just needed to get it together. Overall, he played about as well as I would have expected him to in his rookie season. He showed flashes of being a very good player in the league, but was very lack luster at most times. His best performance of the season was against the Pittsburg Steelers on Monday Night Football. He was consistently generating pressure up the middle by driving Pro-Bowl center, Maurkice Pouncey, back in the pocket. He finished the season with 38 total tackles (28 solo).
G Jeff Allen
Allen began the season as a backup to Ryan Lilja and Jon Asamoah, but due to injury he was thrust into the starting lineup for most of the season. He played okay at times, but for the most part he was the worst offensive lineman for the Chiefs this season. He got manhandled often, and allowed 3 sacks this season (too many for an interior lineman). His run blocking was average and he committed 4 penalties this season. It’s safe to say that there’s definite room for improvement in year 2.
T Donald Stephenson
I personally hated this pick when it was made, and I hate it even more now with Russell Wilson’s success this year. Taking a tackle in the 3rd to be a backup? Just didn’t make sense. But I must say, Stephenson did add good depth. He was solid filling in for Branden Albert at times this year. He started 7 times and allowed 5 sacks total (not a horrible number for a tackle). He had his occasional struggle, but looked very solid overall.
WR Devon Wylie
The jury is still out on Wylie. Injury kept him out half the year and when he played he didn’t do much. He finished the year with 6 receptions for 53 yards.
CB De’Quan Menzie
I thought Menzie was a major steal in the 5th round. He was a former second-day prospect and I felt the Chiefs were lucky to get him in a late round. Prior to the regular season, however, he was placed on IR so there is no grade for him this year.
RB Cyrus Gray
Another player I thought was a steal in the draft. He didn’t see much playing time this year, however. He finished his rookie season with 7 carries for 44 yards and 2 receptions for 18 yards. He also had a fumble lost.
DL Jerome Long
When he was drafted, my initial reaction was “Who?!” Bad pick then, bad pick now. He was put on the practice squad after training camp and was signed by the Jaguars during the season.
WR Junior Hemingway
Another pick that I absolutely loved, but it proved to not be a great one. He was placed on the practice squad after training camp and only saw action in the season finale against Denver. It’s pretty telling that he was playing behind UDFA Josh Bellamy.