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    Chiefs hope Hali will help pass rush
    By Eric Krupka
    5/02/06


    Entering Saturday’s NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs knew they had two glaring deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball; both of which dealt with their pass defense. First and foremost, outside of defensive end Jared Allen, they had no pass rush. Secondly, they were a little thin at the cornerback position, since they never really addressed the position in the offseason. The Chiefs' organization must be viewing the drafting of defensive end Tamba Hali to compliment Allen as killing two birds with one stone, as the old cliché goes. President and GM Carl Peterson, and head coach Herm Edwards likely set aside the defensive backfield in favor of a possible signing of veteran Ty Law in the near future.

    The Chiefs rest their hopes that an improved pass rush will help out their below average secondary. Last season, the Chiefs' defense played well against the run, finishing 7th, but it was aided by the fact that opposing offenses constantly threw against them because of their atrocious pass defense, which finished 30th.

    The selection of Hali with the 20th overall pick provides the Chiefs with a complete defensive end; a player solid against the run, while being a terrific pass rusher. Hali stands 6’3” and weighs 275 pounds. He is a native of Liberia who fled to the United States when he was just 10 years old because of the civil war violence in his homeland. Sadly, he hasn't seen his mother since, who is still stuck in the war-torn nation

    Hali is the total package at end, but is more of a speed rusher. He is intense, plays with aggressiveness and a non-stop motor that resembles stud Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, who is also a little undersized. Although he is already an explosive playmaker, Hali has the potential to improve more, and should greatly improve the Chiefs' weak defensive line.

    Aside from his play on the field, Hali brings tremendous character and mental strength to the Kansas City Chiefs . He still communicates with his mother through letters and phone calls; unfortunately, not as he or she would like. The fact that he has fought through such trauma and made himself into a remarkable athlete is truly incredible.

    In his senior season at Penn State, Hali really came into his own. He registered 65 tackles, 11 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, and forced one fumble in 12 games. He was extremely disruptive and showed the ability to drop back into coverage, which could make him an option at linebacker in certain situations. Since he was drafted in the first round, he will more than likely stay at defensive end, but his athleticism and skills allow for him to do plenty of things, and that's never a bad thing. The Chiefs could also utilize Hali with certain stunt defensive plays.

    All in all, Hali's athleticism, work-ethic, and great character should vastly improve a weak Chiefs pass rush and help the overall pass defense tremendously. If he lives up to his potential, he could have a career similar to Freeney. If not, Hali has still come a long way and fought through incredible hardship, which already makes him a success at the game of life. For his sake, let's hope he becomes a great player in the NFL.

    -Send your comments to Eric Krupka at [email protected]


    http://www.realfootball365.com/nfl/a...efs020506.html


    I know it may be a stretch to compare him to Dwight Freeney, but I thought it was a good article myself. When Freeney was drafted late in the first round people had some of the same doubts about him as well.
    "And we all know that stats don't mean anything if you don't have the wins to back them up"-ChampWJ

    It's a good thing Jay Cutler was a proven winner in college. Oh wait, nevermind.

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    He's got enough money to airlift his entire family out of Liberia now...

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