Chiefs, Cowboys learn draft lessons

K.C.'s draft for diversity is already paying off, while Dallas' line remains a problem

Updated: September 17, 2010, 3:21 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesDexter McCluster and Eric Berry offered immediate help, partly because both are versatile.

When the NFL draft concluded in April, two teams on opposite ends of the talent spectrum got identical grades. The Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs got a B-minus (which is a decent grade), but they got their marks for different reasons.

For Kansas City, I said, while I would have liked to see them add a little help on the lines, they deserve credit because "they added players you'll notice." It was a team with a roster full of holes, and it drafted players that would be on the field and asked to make plays soon. Kansas City wasn't in a position to marinate talent and drafted accordingly. Already in Week 1, we saw just that.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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