Archive for Monday, April 23, 2001

Vermeil pleased with draft

April 23, 2001

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— Dick Vermeil wrapped up his first draft as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs with a satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

"I've started out two rebuilding programs," said the man who took both Philadelphia and St. Louis to the Super Bowl. "And I've never been this far along as I am right now with the total acceptance of things and approach."

Even though they had no first- or second-round picks, the Chiefs had supplemental choices in every other round but the sixth, and came away with nine players altogether. Most familiar to Chiefs fans is Monty Beisel, an All-Big 12 defensive end from Kansas State taken in round No. 4 on Sunday.

But the big news, of course, was the trade with the Rams for Trent Green, a 30-year-old quarterback coming off knee surgery whom the Chiefs say was well worth giving up their first-round choice. The signing of free agent running back Priest Holmes might also have filled an urgent need.

Beisel, 6-foot-3, 270, was a two-year starter for the Wildcats and the first of two fourth-round picks.

"It's just exciting for me and my family to be able to go to a team that is so close," said Beisel, a native of Douglass.

With their second choice in the fourth round, the Chiefs went for fullback George Layne of Texas Christian University. In round No. 5, the Chiefs selected Billy Baber, a tight end out of Virginia, and Derrick Blaylock, a running back from Stephen F. Austin.

The Chiefs also selected Alex Sulfstead, a 317-pound guard from Miami of Ohio, in the sixth round, Shaunhard Harts, a strong safety from Boise State, and Terdell Sands, a defensive tackle from Tennessee-Chattanooga in the seventh round.

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