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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Berry will set the tone in Kansas City

By Bill Williamson

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs were in a position of strength.

Their top two choices -- Russell Okung and Eric Berry -- were on the board Thursday night when the Chiefs picked at No. 5. Ignoring the desire to trade down, Kansas City took the opportunity to get better on defense by taking Berry.

It’s a good call. The Chiefs have gotten better this offseason, but most of the improvements have been on offense.

Berry is the first real improvements made on a young defense. This gives new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel something to play with.

I’m glad Scott Pioli didn’t succumb to the outdated thought that safeties shouldn’t be top-10 picks. Some of the best players in the NFL are safeties. They can change defenses.

The Chiefs’ defense needed a face and needed a leader. Berry will set the tone.

I love this pick.

Sure, Okung would have helped. But the Chiefs got better on the offensive line in free agency with the additions of Casey Wiegmann and Ryan Lilja. Left tackle Branden Albert is getting better. The need was bigger on defense.

The Chiefs have two picks -- No. 36 and No. 50 -- in the second round. The Chiefs can get better this weekend. They got off to a good start Thursday night.