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Tyler Thigpen throws a pass against what will hopefully be an improved Chiefs defense in 2009 during training camp in River Falls.

Chiefs looking to draft picks to help defense

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Chiefs looking to draft picks to help defense
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RIVER FALLS - During the 2009 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have added seven new players to their team. Among them are Tyson Jackson, Alex Magee, Donald Washington to provide much needed help for their defense.

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Jackson comes to the Chiefs from LSU where the defensive end earned second team all-conference honors in 2008. "Jackson has all the qualities that Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Todd Haley are looking for," was a comment in a cbssports.com report. In his career at LSU he produced 122 tackles (55 solo), 27 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks (-92 yards), 33 quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and 18 passes defended.

Defensive end Alex Magee attended Purdue University and started for three seasons with the Boilermakers. In 2008 Magee shifted positions from tackle to end, earning him more experience and versatility to offer the professional football world.

He appeared in 50 games (33 starts) at Purdue, finishing his collegiate career with 117 tackles (68 solo), 14 tackles for loss and six sacks (-36 yards) . He also had one interception, two passes defended, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

The Chiefs stayed with defense for their third pick - Donald Washington - a cornerback from Ohio State. During his freshman season, Washington started as a cornerback and was named Outstanding Freshman of the Year. In his sophomore year Washington moved to the field corner spot and started all 13 games.

He saw action in 37 games (24 starts) and recorded 102 tackles (75 solo), three tackles for loss, a sack (-3 yards), two interceptions for 104 yards with a touchdown and six passes defended. He also forced two fumbles and recovered three fumbles that he returned for a total of 100 yards. He entered the 2009 draft with a year of eligibility remaining.

"Though he was a bit unknown before his arrival, he dazzled everyone with his vertical and broad jump making him the best of any player that attended the 2009 draft event," reported a story on nfl.com.

The Chiefs also took five other players in the draft - offensive tackle Colin Brown (Missouri), wide receiver Quinten Lawrence (McNeese State), running back Javarris Williams (Tennessee State), tight end Jake O'Connell (Miami Ohio) and kicker Ryan Succop (South Carolina).

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