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Dexter McCluster will be listed as a receiver

We’ve inevitably missed a few nuggets over the last few days of dizzying draft action.

One item we missed until now was Kansas City’s intended use for their bold No. 36 overall pick Dexter McCluster. Primarily a running back late in his Ole Miss career, the Chiefs announced him as a wide receiver.

“I don’t think the transition will be that hard,” McCluster said.

The Chiefs plan to use McCluster in a variety of roles.  He’ll get some carries and perhaps play a some Wildcat quarterback.  But his primary role initially will be as a slot receiver.

“[McCluster] was one of the higher-rated running backs we’ve had on the
board and he was one of the higher-rated receivers we had on the board,” coach Todd Haley said.

The Chiefs need more help at wideout, and McCluster has plenty of experience at the position from college.  Combine McCluster with Jamaal Charles, and the Chiefs offense may be a lot of fun to watch next year.

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28 Responses to “Dexter McCluster will be listed as a receiver”
  1. cover2blitz0 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:47 PM

    mccluster and charles? what about thomas jones? he should be their man I still hate the fact the bucs didnt resign him

  2. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:49 PM

    Chiefs win 5 or 6 games next year unless Dorsey and Hali begin to tear it up

  3. Bob Sacamano says: Apr 24, 2010 11:50 PM

    Seems like they want to find ways to score more points rather than fix their defense. Is Dick Vermeil back in KC?

  4. robert ethan says: Apr 25, 2010 12:07 AM

    At 5 foot 5 and 150 pounds or whatever, Dexter should be “generously listed” as a receiver.

  5. JoeB says: Apr 25, 2010 12:10 AM

    Yeah because the Chiefs didn’t pick up any defensive players in the draft, huh? Riiiight

  6. bigwigbob says: Apr 25, 2010 12:11 AM

    Bob Sacamano says:
    April 24, 2010 11:50 PM
    Seems like they want to find ways to score more points rather than fix their defense. Is Dick Vermeil back in KC?
    You do realize that they drafted 5 defensive players and only two offensive ones right? They will be tons better this year.

  7. Slow Joe says: Apr 25, 2010 12:18 AM

    Their using him like the Vikes use Percy Harvin.

  8. Matt G says: Apr 25, 2010 12:27 AM

    This actually makes a lot more sense to me. I scratched my head when KC made this pick because McCluster is the same type of back as Charles. They kept describing him as a “change of pace back,” with a propensity for big plays, seemingly ignoring that this is why Charles is a dangerous back. If they wanted a true RB to act as a long term Jones-like backup they would have waited on someone else. Good luck to Dexter on the transitoin!

  9. jpeezy43 says: Apr 25, 2010 12:31 AM

    Can’t classify this guy at any one position, I think that is what makes him so intriguing.

  10. Wolframpau says: Apr 25, 2010 12:34 AM

    Really don’t know what the Chefs were thinking. They could’ve had Golden Tate instead, although perhaps his former head coach Weis knew his weaknesses all too well.

  11. funi says: Apr 25, 2010 12:50 AM

    Another SEC bust!!

  12. chemicalxv says: Apr 25, 2010 2:26 AM

    “# Bob Sacamano says: April 24, 2010 11:50 PM
    Seems like they want to find ways to score more points rather than fix their defense. Is Dick Vermeil back in KC?”
    forgetting that they drafted Eric Berry and Javier Arenas are we?

  13. Mr. Green says: Apr 25, 2010 2:44 AM

    McCluster is a Darren Sproles type, except better. This guy will add a new dimension to the Chiefs in many facets of their game.
    I don’t think the Chiefs can rely too much on McCluster as a receiver. He’s just too small. But he can be a role player. I remember the Chiefs trying to convert Dante Hall into a slot receiver, and they almost got him killed.
    McCluster will be one of those players that the Chiefs can use as a return guy, wildcat guy, a guy they use in multiple back sets to keep defenses on their heels, occasional slot receiver, et al. He’s the type of guy that forces opposing defensive coordinators to adjust their plans around him, which is why KC drafted him.

  14. dogma1 says: Apr 25, 2010 3:31 AM

    What a horrible pick. The Chiefs are a bad team with a million needs and they take a RB/WR role player? yeah, ok… EPIC FAIL.
    The Chiefs have become a joke the past few seasons.

  15. Velvet_Hammer says: Apr 25, 2010 3:51 AM

    Bob Sacamano:
    What are you talking about? They spent their #5 pick on a game-changing safety and 4 out of 7 picks on defense. That doesn’t sound like they are focused on offense. Don’t tell me – it’s because they didn’t draft a NT or ILB. Well, sometimes the guy they want is gone before they can pick them and you don’t force a pick for need – especially when you have many needs. Plus we picked up Shaun Smith at NT in FA. Then again you could have just not been paying attention at all.

  16. Velvet_Hammer says: Apr 25, 2010 3:54 AM

    robert ethan:
    Dexter is listed as 5 foot 9 – the same height as Wes Welker. You remember him – 100+ catches the last 3 seasons. Slot receivers do not need to be tall. Think before you type people.

  17. Adam says: Apr 25, 2010 4:51 AM

    So what’s up with TJ? Way people were talking, TJ should’ve been the top RB there, I guess they were wrong?

  18. etc... says: Apr 25, 2010 7:28 AM

    Dante Hall returns.
    etc…

  19. MontyKC says: Apr 25, 2010 7:39 AM

    At 5 foot 5 and 150 pounds or whatever, Dexter should be “generously listed” as a receiver.
    ======Robert Ethan==========
    Listed at 5-8 and 165….Too lazy for google?
    “Generously list” Wes Walker as a receiver while your at it.

  20. wydok says: Apr 25, 2010 8:26 AM

    Interesting. o.O

  21. SterilizeTHenry says: Apr 25, 2010 9:45 AM

    One of the worst picks of the draft.
    The Chiefs take a RB to convert him to WR, even though there were TONS of talented, natural WRs still left on the Board.
    But then again, the Broncos did take a Fullback at #25 that they will try to convert to QB.

  22. GirthyOne says: Apr 25, 2010 9:47 AM

    If you needed a WR, why didn’t you draft a WR. HAHAHAHAHA!
    Terrible.

  23. burntorangehorn says: Apr 25, 2010 10:26 AM

    SterilizeTHenry says:
    April 25, 2010 9:45 AM
    One of the worst picks of the draft.
    The Chiefs take a RB to convert him to WR, even though there were TONS of talented, natural WRs still left on the Board.
    But then again, the Broncos did take a Fullback at #25 that they will try to convert to QB.
    =============================
    Maybe you ought to try watching college football. They have it on TV you know, usually on Saturdays. Dexter McCluster played more WR than RB in his career at Ole Miss, and only focused more on the running game when he was a senior.
    It’s funny seeing comments from people who obviously don’t know anything about a player except what they’ve read in pre-draft blogs.

  24. jmcGoBlue says: Apr 25, 2010 11:31 AM

    People laugh at his height/weight, but forget how strong the guy is…he did 20 reps of 225lbs on the bench press at the combine, so he should be able to take some hits. The combo of McCluster & Charles out of the backfield & as the #3 & #4 receivers, along with Bowe & Chambers on the outside is going to create some serious matchup problems for opposing defenses…assuming Cassel can get these folks the ball.
    I was as surprised as anyone that KC didn’t take a NT or early LB in the draft, but the additions of Berry at SS & Arenas as a nickel corner (along with Flowers & Carr) should make this team pretty difficult to pass against. The run D is the obvious concern, but with two top 5 picks on the DL coming into their 2nd & 3rd seasons, there should be improvement here as well.

  25. robert ethan says: Apr 25, 2010 12:48 PM

    Guys it was a joke.

  26. Bifftannen2 says: Apr 25, 2010 3:33 PM

    He played fulltime WR in his first two years, but after realizing how much of a playmaker this guy was…they wanted the ball in his hands all the time so they started handing it off to him.
    Just call him a weapon.

  27. dudeustupid says: Apr 25, 2010 3:35 PM

    He is a WR…he came into ole miss as a reciever thenthey CONVERTED him into a rb, reciever is his natural position. I dont expect you guys to read up on the guy as much as i hace seein as how much of a chiefs fan he us but the chiefs really arent changing anything about him he was a rb and a reciever in college they are just scratching out the rb part

  28. Bious says: Apr 25, 2010 5:19 PM

    Why? Did KC’s OL suddenly get great?
    If not, what difference does it make?

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