Mar 122013

Mike DeVito is a nice under the radar signing for the Chiefs. He’s pretty one dimensional, but he’s really good at what he does and that’s tie up blockers on running downs in a 3-4. He’s offers no pass rush, but he was ProFootballFocus’ 7th rated 3-4 defensive end against the run and 3 years, 12.6 million is fairly reasonable for him. The problem is that he and Tyson Jackson are very similar players. Those two should be their starters at five-technique this season, but both should be taken off the field in sub packages so the Chiefs will have to find at least one, if not two, nickel rushing defensive linemen. Someone else has to get to the quarterback other than Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. They can’t do it alone as they ranked 29th in the NFL in sacks and 28th in the NFL on ProFootballFocus at rushing the passer in spite of that talented duo. There will be options for them early in the 3rd round when they pick.

Grade: B

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