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Friday, April 23, 2010
Early thoughts on AFC West drafts

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

I wanted to catch up on some draft thoughts while things are relatively calm:

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Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli stayed to his roots in his selection of Tennessee safety Eric Berry at No. 5.

This was the 11th time in Pioli’s career that he was part of a team that had a top-13 pick. For the eighth time, Pioli's team took a defensive player. For the sixth time, Pioli’s team took a defensive player from the SEC. Last year, in his first year as the Chiefs’ decision-maker, Pioli took LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson at No. 3.

Berry is the fifth safety to be selected in the top five in the past 30 years. The most recent was the late Sean Taylor by Washington in 2004.

Don’t be surprised if Oakland sends middle linebacker Kirk Morrison packing soon as a result of its terrific selection of Alabama’s Rolando McClain at No. 8. Oakland coach Tom Cable said Morrison is now “depth.” However, he is due to make more than $2 million this year. Unless Morrison takes a big paycut, I could see the team parting ways with him.

I know some San Diego fans were upset that linebacker Tim Dobbins was included in the blockbuster trade that brought running back Ryan Mathews to the Chargers at No. 12. However, Dobbins is a situational player. The Chargers will move on without much trouble. They love inside linebacker Brandon Siler.