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Tyson Jackson Will Be On The Spot Next Year

The jury is still out on former LSU standout, and current Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson, at least in terms of his NFL career. Kent Babb, of the Kansas City Star, has the story, below.

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Tyson Jackson #94 of the Kansas City Chiefs goes through a drill as defensive line coach TIm Krumrie looks on during a rookie minicamp at the Chiefs practice facility on May 9, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Scott Pioli sat at a table earlier this month and, as he has done before, offered hope that his first draft pick as the Chiefs’ general manager will be remembered as a productive one.

Two years ago, after three months of identifying needs, Pioli selected defensive end Tyson Jackson with the third overall pick. It was the Chiefs’ highest draft pick since they took another defender, Neil Smith, at No. 2 overall in 1988. Smith went on to become a six-time Pro Bowler and is a member of the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame. After two seasons, expectations for Jackson are considerably lower, particularly after he started only 17 of the team’s 33 games, tallying one sack and finishing no better than 12th on the team in tackles.

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