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Thursday, May 20, 2010
On the radar: Chiefs' top rookies

By Bill Williamson

A player, coach or issue that should be on your radar as training camp approaches.

Eric Berry
Eric Berry is just one of three Chiefs rookies from the SEC expected to make an impact.
While I was at our meetings in Bristol last week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Chris Low, our outstanding SEC blogger.

We had plenty to discuss. I will be covering several of the players who starred in the SEC last season after the AFC West went SEC-heavy in the draft.

Three of the players who dominated our conversation were the first three picks of the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City took Tennessee safety Eric Berry in the first round at No. 5 overall and then took Mississippi running back/receiver/returner Dexter McCluster and Alabama cornerback/returner Javier Arenas in the second round.

If Low’s thoughts are any indication, the Chiefs will be very happy with these players. Low thinks all three will be NFL standouts.

Low said that Berry, McCluster and Arenas are all very fast, productive and bright. Expect plenty of playmaking from a trio expected to make immediate contributions.

Berry should start. McCluster will be a slot receiver and returner. Arenas will be the nickel cornerback and probably return kicks as well.

Let’s face it: The best college football in the country is played in the SEC. The best players reside in that conference. I think we are going to see Kansas City begin the transformation to respectability on the strength of these three excellent draft choices.