Mailbag, Part II: Does Scott Pioli deserve credit for Justin Houston?

Here is Part II of this week's Kansas City Chiefs mailbag. To ask a question for a future edition, send it to me via Twitter (@adamteicher) and use the hashtag #ChiefsMail.

@adamteicher: Former general manager Scott Pioli had more than his share of draft misses. Tyson Jackson and Jonathan Baldwin certainly weren't worthy of being first-round draft picks. But he does deserve credit for drafting Justin Houston in the third round of the 2011 draft. Other teams were obviously scared away from Houston, but the Chiefs weren't. We know what type of player Houston has become. Houston has by all accounts been a great citizen since arriving in Kansas City.

@adamteicher: I don't see the Chiefs re-signing cornerback Sean Smith after the season, but that doesn't have anything to do with Houston's contract. The Chiefs last year drafted one cornerback, Phillip Gaines, in the third round and this year picked two, Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson. They've been loading up at cornerback to prepare for Smith's eventual departure. It's a bad sign for the Chiefs if they do re-sign Smith. That means they are disappointed in their younger cornerbacks. As for nose tackle Dontari Poe, he has two seasons left on his contract. The Chiefs recently exercised their 2016 option on his contract.

@adamteicher: The starting center spot looks like it belongs to Eric Kush. He got almost all of the starter's snaps in the offseason practice sessions. I think Jeff Allen will be the starting right guard, but let's see what happens with Mitch Morse at training camp. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is another possibility there. I have the Chiefs keeping Smith, Gaines, Peters, Nelson and Jamell Fleming at cornerback, though that competition should be interesting at camp. I don't see any way Eric Berry plays, at least during the first half of the season.

@adamteicher: Andy Reid has said the Chiefs wouldn't have an interest in Evan Mathis, a guard who played for him with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs seem to be comfortable with their options at guard. But things could have changed there since the Chiefs cleared a lot of cap room by signing Houston for the long term.

@adamteicher: James Jones is a wide receiver who played for the Green Bay Packers when general manager John Dorsey was a scout there. Last season Jones was with the Oakland Raiders. My sense is the Chiefs want to get a longer look at their receivers in camp before acquiring a veteran. We'll see.