The list of failed defensive lineman draft picks for the Chiefs in the last decade or so is a rather frightening one.
There was Ryan Sims and Eddie Freeman and Junior Siavii and Turk McBride and Tank Tyler and Alex Magee, just to name a few.
And until this year, perhaps, many fans were ready to throw another name into that infamous group: Tyson Jackson, the third overall pick of the 2009 draft.
This year, Jackson has finally come into his own under new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and new head coach Andy Reid, both of whom simply gush when they speak of Jackson.
"He's just an incredibly alert and smart football player," Sutton says. "You know, he's not going to get all the publicity because he does all the dirty work in there. But he's having a great season.
"The hard job is to go in there and bang heads and nobody knows or sees what you're doing. Everybody would like to be the guy that got the sack or the interception or whatever, but somebody has to do these other jo...