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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Maybe Pioli was right in 2009

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Shortly after he made his first draft choice as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, Scott Pioli was questioned.

Many people thought Pioli made a mistake by taking LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson with the No. 3 overall pick instead of Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry. He went one pick later to Seattle. Curry was considered to be the safest bet of the draft.

Well, Wednesday, Seattle gave up on Curry. He was basically given away to Oakland two-and-half years after being picked. Curry lost his starting job to a rookie this year.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs are seeing improvement from Jackson, who has been slow to produce himself. Jackson may never be a star. But the Chiefs think he will be a solid contributor. Of course, that is not what you’re looking for in a top-five pick, but as Curry showed in Seattle, it could be worse.