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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Mike Mayock Has Mark Barron To Chiefs For 'Best Safety Combo In League'

Eric Berry is already one of the best young safeties in the National Football League and the Chiefs defensive back actually missed all of last season. Yet his rookie year left enough of an impression that everyone is still well aware who he is. Well if the Chiefs add another high-impact safety, the back end of the Chiefs defense will be like no one else in the NFL. That's what Mike Mayock believes when he has Mark Barron of Alabama headed to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2012 NFL Draft's first round in his mock.

Mayock writes, "Let me preface this by saying GM Scott Pioli is risk-averse. You could look at Dontari Poe here, but there's so much "boom or bust" in him. Barron is one of the safest picks in the draft. Pair him with Eric Berry and you've got the best safety combo in the league."

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Kendrick Lewis would then presumably move to nickel safety, which would still see plenty of action on the field and would round out the depth in the Chiefs secondary as well, which is a concern at this point in the offseason. Mayock has the Buffalo Bills landing Luke Kuechly immediately before the Chiefs select.

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2012 NFL Draft: Peter King Believes Chiefs Will Avoid Ryan Tannehill If Available

Ryan Tannehill is the No. 3 rated available quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft on most draft boards, or at least according to mock experts, but that doesn’t mean that a team who has publicly stated they are interested in upgrading the quarterback position will pounce if he’s available. Instead, Peter King of Sports Illustrated says the team is likely to trade down or pass on Tannehill if he’s available at No. 11 in tonight’s first round action.

King writes, “It’s likely Tannehill goes to Miami at No. 8, obviously. If he doesn’t, I don’t see how he gets past the 11th pick. Not that Kansas City will take Tannehill; I don’t believe the Chiefs will. But GM Scott Pioli will have interest in dealing down from 11 (he moved from 21 to 26 last year for a third-round pick), and if Tannehill or Barron is here, I guarantee he’ll get a taker for the pick.”

The Chiefs came out early in the offseason and said they wanted to increase the competition for Matt Cassel, then stated they were going after Peyton Manning. Tannehill would certainly bring an intriguing prospect to the mix, but the Chiefs are connected with other safe talents in the draft rather than a first round risk like Tannehill.

Still it’s a possibility for the Chiefs and it’s impossible to tell which direction Scott Pioli will go.

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NFL Draft 2012: Nose Tackle Identified As Chiefs Biggest Need By Pro Football Focus

As the 2012 NFL Draft gets started in just a matter of hours, Pro Football Focus has come out with each team’s primary need. For the Kansas City Chiefs, that position is nose tackle. While it’s not as important as some other team’s 3-4 defense considering how much KC actually changes its base set, the Chiefs still lack that dominant anchor in the middle for even half of the downs. Perhaps Jerrell Powe can grow into that role, but expect the Chiefs to draft another.

“The Chiefs’ roster is actually in pretty good shape, and for the most part they will be drafting for depth alone, but they could certainly do with a viable nose tackle for their 3-4,” writes Sam Monson. “Their scheme is a far more traditional 3-4 than most in the league, and they rely on three big down-linemen to stuff the run and tie up blockers for their linebackers. Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson have grown into that role pretty well, but Kelly Gregg was only ever a stopgap measure in the middle. If the Chiefs can find a nose tackle in the draft, then they’ll have the pieces in place. If they can find one that can also bring some pressure in sub-packages, then they’ll have hit the jackpot.”

The Chiefs are on the clock in tonight’s first round at No. 11.


NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Meet WIth Morgan State Tight End Lamont Bryant

Aaron Wilson of Scout.com has the latest on the Kansas City Chiefs pre-draft meetings with players an the latest is Morgan State tight end Lamont Bryant. It’s the sort of late tight end addition fans are used to in the seventh round and the Chiefs have two choices in the round.

Wilson writes, “Morgan State tight end Lamont Bryant visited the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks, according to a league source. Bryant is a 6-foot-5, 229-pounder who has played wide receiver, tight end and H-back and is projected as a late-rounder or priority free agent.”

The Chiefs recently signed Kevin Boss to a three-year free agent deal and have Tony Moeaki in the wings, but there’s no great blocking tight end on the roster. Plus health issues took out both Moeaki and Boss for significant time in 2011. The Chiefs could use another developmental player in the draft if they wanted to add one.

The NFL Draft starts tonight with the first round on ESPN and NFL Network at 7pm Central.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Chiefs In Don Banks Latest

Don Banks has at least the first two selections correct. Andrew Luck is headed to the Indianapolis Colts. Robert Griffin III is also headed to the Washington Redskins. From there, it’s anyone’s guess who wants to make a mock for the 2012 NFL Draft as to where Minnesota, or the rest of the field, could go in tonight’s first round action. In his latest mock, Don Banks has the Chiefs going with David DeCastro to make it two Stanford products in the first 11 choices.

The Chiefs pick at No. 11, and in Don Banks seventh mock of the draft season, he has the team solidifying their line with the best guard available.

“I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility that the first-round trading game starts with the Chiefs slot,” writes Banks, “but if K.C. sticks, DeCastro represents the kind of solid, no-brainer selection that will never come back to haunt general manager Scott Pioli. I keep hearing the Chiefs could move down and target Dontari Poe, but I’m not buying that theory because Poe remains someone who will require some patience in terms of his NFL development.”

DeCastro and Eric WInston would make some incredible additions to a line that struggled to open up the running game and protect quarterback Matt Cassel last season. That would instantly turn around the Chiefs line to a major strength on an offense near the bottom of the league. With the return of Tony Moeaki and Jamaal Charles as well as new signings like Kevin Boss and Peyton Hillis, the results could be remarkable in the turnaround.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Dont'a Hightower Headed To Chiefs In Pro Football Talk's Latest

As if the Kansas City Chiefs needed any more names to choose from for the No. 11 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. While most mocks have it pared down to a handful of names, Pro Football Talk wants to throw in another with their latest: Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

It’s Pro Football Talk’s fourth mock draft of the season, and this one gets the Chiefs a prospect that some had slipping to the second round. Of course, such prognostications are worthless in the end, and if the Chiefs love Hightower and believe he makes for a good value there, then they will take him.

Evan Silva writes, “Hightower is a thumping "Ted" linebacker with versatility.” He would replace Jovan Belcher in the middle of the defense and provide the Chiefs with an infusion of youth and ability in the middle next to Derrick Johnson, who was the team’s MVP last season. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston would round out the defense.

The other names often thrown around for the Chiefs include guard David DeCastro, linebacker Luke Kuechly and defensive tackles Dontari Poe and Michael Brockers. Safety Mark Barron has also been a recent addition. Everything will be revealed tonight in the first round.

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2012 NFL Draft Schedule: TV Info, Draft Time For First Round

The 2012 NFL Draft is finally here. After months of mock drafts, workouts, rumors, trades and failed trades, the moment everyone has been waiting for is upon us and the picks will become official starting tonight. For Kansas CIty Chiefs fans, it’s all about wondering which of the usual names will be announced. Then again, it could be a total surprise as well.

Will it be Luke Kuechly, the linebacker out of Boston College? Will the Chiefs fortify the defensive line with Michael Brockers or Dontari Poe? Will they round out the secondary with Mark Barron out of Alabama? Or solidify the offensive line with David DeCastro, the greatest guard to come out of college since Steve Hutchinson? Or will they throw the ultimate wild card and take Ryan Tannehill, the quarterback out of Texas A&M? It could be any of these which makes for a lot of drama heading into tonight’s first round action.

Remember rounds two and three take place Friday night. The rest comes Saturday afternoon. Here’s the info you need:

When: Thursday, April 26 at 7pm CT
Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York City
TV: ESPN, NFL Network

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Mel Kiper Sends David DeCastro To Chiefs In Latest NFL Mock Draft

Sometimes the possible selections for the 2012 NFL Draft can become overanalyzed. Mel Kiper keeps it simple for the Kansas City Chiefs in his latest mock draft at ESPN. He has their biggest need as guard along the offensive line, and David DeCastro is the elite player available in this year’s draft. Thus, one plus one equals the right answer in this one.

Kiper writes, “I have guard down as a top need for the Chiefs, and DeCastro will fix that problem immediately. This is as elite as you’ll get from this position. He’s the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson, and is the kind of player who improves your running game overnight. Not a tough call.”

The Chiefs have Ryan Lilja, Rodney Hudson and Jon Asamoah lightly penciled in at this point on the roster along the offensive interior. Lilja has admitted publicly that he’s aware he did not play that well last season. The Chiefs have already upgraded the right tackle position from Barry Richardson to Eric Winston in free agency, so the line is already much better than the 2011 edition.

The addition of DeCastro would certainly make an already solid line even more amazing since he’s commonly called the best guard to come out in years. However it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs brass agrees that guard is a position of highest need on the team or whether they go with an impact player at an impact position.

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NFL Mock Draft: Mark Barron To Chiefs At No. 11 In Mike Mayock's Latest

The Kansas City Chiefs already reached out for a safety early in the first round once in Scott Pioli’s tenure. The result was an immediate Pro Bowl season for rookie Eric Berry. Could Pioli do the same thing again for Alabama’s Mark Barron? Mike Mayock thinks so, as he has the safety headed to the Chiefs in his latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft that starts Thursday night.

Moving Kendrick Lewis to the third safety spot would definitely vastly improve the Chiefs secondary. Lewis would still play a major share of downs given the pass happy nature of the NFL and specifically the AFC West. Having two elite-level playmakers at the safety positions would also allow give new head coach Romeo Crennel another impact player on the defense.

In Mayock’s mock, Luke Kuechly was taken at No. 10 by the Buffalo Bills, so he wasn’t even an option for KC to consider. Barron had 41 tackles, 2 interceptions and 1 sack last year for the Crimson Tide.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Luke Kuechly To Tampa Bay Buccaneers In Todd McShay's Latest

For all of the debate that the Kansas City Chiefs will have to choose between safe options like David DeCastro at guard or Luke Kuechly at linebacker in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday night, Todd McShay’s latest mock makes it a non-issue. That’s because McShay has vaulted Kuechly higher than anyone else in his latest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 5, according to Evan Silva.

It’s an interesting jump that makes sense in many ways, considering the top linebacker has come off the board around that spot in years past. Rolando McClain fell to No. 8. A.J. Hawk and Aaron Curry were both top-five picks as well. Kuechly grades as well as any of those guys, or even better, so the Bucs could jump on that for sure.

However, it is considered a new development since Kuechly often fell to the Chiefs in most mock drafts or even lower than that to the middle of the first round. That means that one of the big defensive linemen are bound to fall, or perhaps the Chiefs could go Stephon Gilmore.

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NFL Draft 2012: Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins Top Two Quarterback Options For Chiefs Per Scouts, Inc.

As the 2012 NFL Draft looms in the next 36 hours, some clearer analysis is beginning to come out concerning particular players and teams. As Scouts, Inc.‘s Gary Horton surveys the quarterback market and where certain players could fall, he surmises that Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins are likely the guys that make the most sense to land with the Chiefs.

The Kansas City front office has checked in on both players, and Tannehill reportedly visited Kansas City. Whether or not the Chiefs are interested is one question, but the bigger is whether or not he will even be available by the time the Chiefs select at No. 11. Horton says not to expect a reach:

The Chiefs could easily take Tannehill at No. 11 if he dropped to them. They think he fits their offense perfectly with his ability to use a moving pocket and make the downfield throws. However, moving up to get him or taking one of the other QBs with pick No. 44 is unlikely. This may be a Tannehill-or-pass scenario for Kansas City, although there are recent rumors that the Chiefs might look seriously at Cousins in the second round. Both Tannehill and Cousins make sense, as they could sit and learn behind Matt Cassel for at least a year.

The Chiefs have the comfortable ability to take who they want knowing that at least an effective quarterback is in place for 2012 in Matt Cassel. While it’s easy to argue the merits of whether or not Cassel can take the team to the next level, it does give the Chiefs some leeway to choose without having to reach.


NFL Mock Draft: Sporting News Has Chiefs Deciding Between David DeCastro, Alameda Ta'amu In First Round

As the 2012 NFL Draft begins tomorrow night, mock drafts are sprouting up everywhere and even full-length ones are beginning to become standard works as the draft approaches. Russ Lande of Sporting News is the latest to unveil his, and he has the Chiefs addressing offensive line in the first round with David DeCastro out of Stanford after wrangling over another unexpected choice.

He writes, “The brass debates between nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu and DeCastro, but in the end goes with the safer choice in DeCastro.” Ta’amu is an impressive defensive tackle who actually goes in the second round in most mock drafts, so Lande is obviously higher on him than others. The Chiefs could use help along the interior of both lines, so it wouldn’t be surprising to address either position. However, Ta’amu is a new name to enter the picture.

Lande ultimately has Ta’amu falling to No. 24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers who take the Washington tackle to replace Casey Hampton in the middle.

As for the other rounds, Lande has the Chiefs taking cornerback Brandon Boykin of Georgia in the second round and defensive tackle Tydreke Powell of North Carolina in the third.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Chiefs Come Away With Luke Kuechly, Brandon Thompson In 7-Round Mock At NFL.com

The Kansas City Chiefs are looking for help all over in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, stating earlier this offseason that they are open to go in any direction. Judging by the draft haul projected by Chad Reuter in his incredible seven round mock for NFL.com, Reuter believes they will do just that.

Luke Kuechly is the first round choice for the Chiefs, one that would make the Chiefs linebacking corps among the best in the NFL. From there, the team moves to defensive line for Brandon Thompson and safety for Brandon Taylor from Clemson and LSU respectively. In the end, the Chiefs avoid a quarterback and fail to grab any of the recognizable names most fans have connected the team with — even in the later rounds.

Here’s Reuter’s complete projections for the Cowboys including round chosen and overall selection in parentheses:
1 (11) Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
2 (44) Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
3 (74) Brandon Taylor, SS, LSU
4 (107) Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
5 (146) Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest
6 (182) Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
7 (218) Eric Page, WR, Toledo
7 (238) Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin


NFL Mock Draft: Greg Cosell Has Luke Kuechly To Chiefs At No. 11

One of the best and most underrated talent evaluators in the NFL media is Greg Cosell. He’s been interesting and unique in his observations for NFL Media all throughout this offseason, so with the release of his first ever mock draft, it’s something Chiefs fans should pay close attention to. As he unveils his choices, he has Luke Kuechly heading to the Chiefs at No. 11.

Cosell loves Kuechly and says that anyone trying to take anything away from the Boston College linebacker is completely missing the point. He writes:

The Chiefs under Romeo Crennel are quietly building an excellent defense. Focus on linebacker: It’s a very good group that features Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the outside, and Derrick Johnson inside. You add Luke Kuechly to the mix, and you may well have the best 3-4 linebacking unit in the NFL. I’m tired of hearing about Kuechly’s average athleticism. I watched game after game after game and he played fast with urgent reaction speed. He played with his eyes better than any linebacker I can remember evaluating. His so-called inability to play physically? Watch the NFL as extensively as I do, and you’ll know that very few linebackers take on blocks. That’s a time-worn cliché that really has little practical application.

It’s hard to ignore that kind of production in college and a player who projects so well on a team that could use the upgrade. Romeo Crennel has to love the thought of having Eric Berry back and ready to play alongside a unit strengthened by the addition of Kuechly.


NFL Draft 2012: Mel Kiper Compares Luke Kuechly To Brian Urlacher

The praise for Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly has been effusive throughout this entire season leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft. After leading the NCAA in tackles the last two seasons and winning seemingly every possible trophy and accolade he could earn, it’s clear that Kuechly is not only a first round choice but could go in the top half of the draft. Yet perhaps his greatest compliment comes today courtesy of ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. who compares him with Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher.

Kiper took to Twitter today to say that Kuechly reminds him of Urlacher coming out of school. Urlacher was a late riser up draft boards and was the hottest commodity coming into the 2000 NFL Draft out of New Mexico. Kuechly could be taken around the same position, and he’s often listed as heading to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round at No. 11.

There’s a possibility that Kuechly could be off the board for the Chiefs by the time they choose. The Buffalo Bills could take him at No. 10 and even the Panthers could strike at No. 9. If the Chiefs pass, the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets are also landing spots at No. 12 or 16 respectively.

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NFL Will Remove Camera Coverage Of Green Room During Draft Selections

It was the single most annoying facet the NFL could correct as a viewer of the Draft process, so the league should be applauded for its latest announcement. Given the presence of cameras everywhere at the NFL Draft, it’s become a regular feature for the camera to show a prospect on the phone who is being selected before commissioner Roger Goodell can announce the choice. Now that won’t be happening this weekend.

“We realized that we have been doing the viewer a disservice in that we have lost some of the excitement of when the commissioner walks up to the podium and announces the pick for the first time,” said Eric Weinberger, the executive producer of the NFL Network. “We’re not going to tip when the kids are on the phone with their team. The first time the public hears officially that a young man is chosen is going to be from Commissioner Goodell’s mouth.”

It’s always annoying to have the suspense removed as the viewer when you see the family hugging and the prospect crying even before the announcement is made. There’s something about having to wait until the announcement is made at the podium — those few seconds where the question hangs in the air between the analysts going silent and the commish speaking up. Perhaps it’s all too dramatic, but if you’re a fan of the draft then you know the feeling.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Trumaine Johnson To Chiefs Secondary In Second Round

One small school prospect that has made the rounds to more teams than almost any other pro prospect is Trumaine Johnson out of Montana. Teams seem to covet his versatility in the secondary as well as his athleticism. Charlie Campbell of Walter Football has Johnson heading to the Chiefs in the second round of his latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft.

He writes, "The FCS-standout Johnson has an excellent combination of size and speed. The 6-foot-2, 204-pounder has unique physical tools and consistent production. He became a starter as a true freshman and recorded four interceptions. Despite missing four games in 2009, Johnson had five interceptions with 12 passes broken up and 54 tackles. He had four interceptions with seven passes defensed and 44 tackles in 2010. "

Johnson would certainly help bolster the Chiefs secondary after injuries took their toll on Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis. Both hope to come back in 2012 healthy and ready to play, but the injuries exposed a thin secondary at safety where players like Sabby Piscitelli earned significant playing time. That’s not a good sign.

The Chiefs also lost Brandon Carr to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency this season. While the team signed Stanford Routt, it makes sense to add another young impact corner. Routt’s deal is a three-year deal, but it could easily be shortened if Johnson comes along, yet Routt’s presence also gives Johnson time to adjust to the competition level of the NFL.

The Chiefs struck gold once on a small school corner with Carr from Grand Valley State and Johnson could be the next find. He’s already visited with the Chiefs, so they will know the product well and Campbell likely has a very solid guess at this point in the second round. Other positions could be addressed, but someone who can be versatile in the secondary could be an asset more coveted than others.


NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs In Prime Position For Trade Back If Ryan Tannehill Falls

The Kansas City Chiefs could themselves be interested if Ryan Tannehill falls to them at No. 11. Widely considered the third best quarterback in the draft, several teams have checked in on the Texas A&M signal caller at some point or another, including the Chiefs. But the Chiefs could also reap the rewards of Tannehill’s presence at that spot by trading back, according to Peter King. That’s the move that Scott Pioli would likely make instead.

The Chiefs personally worked out Tannehill and he also reportedly visited Kansas City. There’s been some work done there, in other words, to know the prospect well enough to take him or leave him. The signs out of KC point to nothing in particular, as always, so it’s hard to tell what they’ll do. But NFL Draft analysts believe KC will leave him alone, and could trade the pick away for a team that does like Tannehill enough to move up.

The No. 11 position is perfect for trading up since it would not cost as much as a top spot like No. 3 with the Minnesota Vikings or No. 7 with the Jacksonville Jaguars to leap potential landing spots for Tannehill like the Cleveland Browns or Miami Dolphins. It’s that last spot that could prohibit the Chiefs from getting the chance to work with Tannehill one way or another.

Peter King reported on the weekend rumor that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is pushing his front office to take the quarterback. He writes:

Sunday night, respected Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero reported the Ross item is not true and said a highly placed club source told him, animatedly, that Ross hasn’t told anyone who to draft. And this morning, I got a call from someone saying Florio was right on; Ross wants the quarterback. So what will happen here? I don’t know. But I do think it’s less of a lock Tannehill goes no lower than eight than it was a couple of weeks ago. If Miami passes on him at eight, I expect him to go either to a trade-up team with Kansas City at 11 or to Seattle at 12.

The Chiefs would certainly try to use that leverage in the same way they did last year when the Browns wanted to trade up to No. 21, the Chiefs original draft position in the 2011 NFL Draft, to secure nose tackle Phil Taylor. The Chiefs got the No. 27 choice in the draft while also gaining an early third round choice. In the end, they took Justin Houston and Jon Baldwin in exchange for Phil Taylor essentially.

To do so in this draft would also be helpful because the Chiefs could use an impact rusher, linebacker, guard, safety or even quarterback prospect. If they moved back a bit more, Brandon Weeden could be a first round target to secure a quarterback or Mark Barron would also be interesting. David DeCastro could fall a bit more, as could Luke Kuechly. With so many interesting options in play, picking up an extra pick or two would make for the best value overall.

Then again, if the Chiefs are enamored with Tannehill and not telling anyone, they could surprise and just walk away with the player they want the most. Given last year’s feeding frenzy in the first round with the Jags trade up to get Blaine Gabbert, the Vikings reach for Christian Ponder, and the Titans pick of Jake Locker, it’s hard to imagine Tannehill slipping that far. But NFL Draft history shows us that it’s possible he drops farther than anyone imagines. That’s the beauty of the drama that the NFL Draft holds.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro Remains Chiefs' Pick For Drafttek

For the last few months, Drafttek has provided weekly mocks leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, and for the most part they've stayed with David DeCastro, the Stanford guard, at the No. 11 position. As the draft nears within just four days, the Chiefs are still being linked with DeCastro once again in their latest mock.

The Drafttek report reads, "The Chiefs' choices appear to be between David DeCastro and Luke Kuechly. Either would be fine choices. The best bet is that the Chiefs take David DeCastro. The draft is deeper at guard, but DeCastro is the better value. He will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years, more than likely at a multiple Pro Bowl level. A DeCastro pick would be similar to the Eric Berry choice. The positional value is not the highest, but the player value is."

It's hard to fault a team for taking a safe choice such as this despite possible impact talents at position like pass rusher or cornerback. DeCastro is likely to become an instant fan favorite along the line and someone who, like Eric Winston, makes the entire line better. The addition of those two bodies would make a huge difference for the Chiefs offense in 2012.


NFL Draft Rumors: Ryan Tannehill Favored By Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross

It’s generally bad news when a team owner gets involved right before the NFL Draft. After all, a team’s front office has been working all season long, scouts have filled out reports over the course of years on a player, but the man who pays the bills can come in at the last second and change everything. While the Miami Dolphins might have already liked Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Pro Football Talk reports that the Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is lobbying for the choice at No. 8 in the 2012 draft.

Mike Florio writes, “Ross desperately wants to turn the page on yet another embarrassing offseason, which has seen the Dolphins fail to hire Jeff Fisher as coach and Peyton Manning as quarterback. They also whiffed on new coach Joe Philbin’s pupil with the Packers, Matt Flynn, even though it’s unclear whether the Dolphins decided they didn’t want Flynn or Flynn decided he didn’t want the Dolphins, or a little bit of both.”

The Browns, Dolphins, Chiefs and Seahawks are all teams in the first half of the NFL Draft linked with Tannehill. The Eagles were also rumored to be interested in possibly trading up. It’s hard to tell what’s a smokescreen at this point and what is truth, but the Dolphins are among the safest bets if Tannehill’s stock is as high as people think it might be. Given their inability to bring in anyone else and the loss of Brandon Marshall, that could be an offense in trouble.


NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Linked To Two 'Most Overrated' Prospects In Ryan Tannehill, Dontari Poe

Ryan Tannehill is the quarterback reach in the draft, filled with potential yet the same amount of question marks. Dontari Poe wowed everyone at the NFL Combine yet failed to play up to such potential in games against subpar competition while at Memphis. While both players could go early in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, they are also included again and again among those players most “overrated” heading into the draft. The Chiefs are, rather interestingly, linked to both.

Bucky Brooks is the latest to believe that both players’ values are inflated. Given the need for several teams at quarterback in the NFL, it’s not surprising that Tannehill’s stock has risen to levels higher than his actual value for now. Brooks writes:

Tannehill has become one of the most debated prospects in the scouting community following his ascension up the charts in recent weeks. His supporters see an athletic quarterback with outstanding physical tools and potential, but some scouts harbor concerns about his limited game experience and indecisiveness in the pocket. While the desperation for finding a franchise quarterback routinely boosts the value of prospects with potential, Tannehill’s game currently falls short of normal top-10 expectations.

The Chiefs could select Tannehill if he falls or even trade up if they like him enough. Only Scott Pioli and his inner circle at Arrowhed know what they think after they worked him out, interviewed him and watched his game tape. Tannehill also reportedly visited Kansas City, so a match could be there if they think he’s a better quarterback option than Matt Cassel.

As for Dontari Poe, the Chiefs could definitely use another young body along the defensive line and it’s hard to find an anchor in the middle like Haloti Ngata, Casey Hampton and the like. Paul Soliai just cashed in for millions this off-season despite playing half of his team’s downs for the Dolphins. It’s a sign of just how rare high-performing defensive linemen can be. Still Brooks says he has major bust potential:

After dazzling scouts with his impressive combination of size, strength and athleticism at the combine, Poe has experienced a meteoric rise up the charts in most war rooms. He has been pegged as a candidate to come off the board within the first 10 picks, but his lackluster production on tape should raise concerns about his ability to make an immediate impact as a pro.

Often referred to as the Underwear Olympics, Poe definitely impressed at the Comine, but it’s hard to tell how his game will translate to the pro level. Then again, names like Jason Pierre-Paul and Aldon Smith came with more promise than productivity in recent drafts and teams are enjoying the spoils of their draft haul.

It will be interesting to see where both players end up, and if the Chiefs end up with one of them, Pioli will be praised for his vision or criticized for passing up on safer options.


NFL Draft 2012: Mike Adams Stock Could Drop From Marijuana Use

Mike Adams was once a consideration for the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, at least according to early mocks that came out this year. Adams has a great build and strong experience from his time at Ohio State. Yet some personal concerns could knock him farther than draft boards than what were originally projected, providing a surprise target in the second round. Most recently, his admitted use of marijuana could put him in position for a great second round grab for the team.

"The positive test result will make Adams a moderate risk and could result in him sliding to the second round," writes La Canfora, "but other players in the same situation in years past still have ended up in the first round. Adams has told people he was unaware of the positive result at the time of combine interviews, which is why he did not tell teams then."

The Chiefs are often linked to David DeCastro in the first round, but if a guy like Mike Adams could be taken 30 picks later or so, that would be the better value. Could the Chiefs bank on that? Not likely. But some solid picks are still there among interior linemen in the draft if they so choose. Mike Adams might just be the best of them, despite character issues and concerns.


NFL Draft 2012: Stephon Gilmore Earns Recommendation For Chiefs In First Round

As the 2012 NFL Draft creeps closer, various names will pop up involving the Kansas City Chiefs that have not been found in mocks to date. Instead of David DeCastro or Luke Kuechly, other unfamiliar names like Stephon Gilmore will come into play. That's who CBS Sports' Rob Rang says Scott Pioli should at least check out when considering who to take in the first round at No. 11.

The Chiefs could be rather crowded already at the cornerback position. However, given the pass-happy nature of the NFL, the South Carolina corner's skill level would be a welcome addition on any team.

"The Chiefs reacted quickly to the loss of free agent Brandon Carr by signing former Oakland Raider Stanford Routt," writes Rang. "Of course, the Chiefs already have one of the league's better corners in Brandon Flowers on one side. However, considering the key to the winning the AFC West might be in slowing down Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, the Chiefs might be intrigued by Gilmore's combination of size, athleticism and physicality - enough to consider him as a fall back option at No. 11 or potentially in a slight trade down scenario."

The team already has Routt and Flowers as mentioned, but they also have Jalil Brown and Javier Arenas as promising options as well as a solid vet in Travis Daniels. With needs elsewhere, it's likely that Pioli will look away from corner in the first round.


2012 NFL Draft: Fletcher Cox Could Fill Need For Present And Future Plans For Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have been linked with the same names again and again in most mock drafts at the No. 11 position in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Luke Kuechly, David DeCastro and Dontari Poe are the most common names with Ryan Tannehill making some noise as well if the quarterback slips down. However, one name that should stand out more based on need, position and college production is Fletcher Cox.

There’s a likelihood that Cox could be taken in the top ten of the draft, which makes this a moot point. However, the Chiefs were third to last in the NFL in total sacks last season, and Tamba Hali is their only proven pass rusher. Justin Houston had a couple nice games at season’s end, but that doesn’t mean the team can bank on him to complement Hali all year long. The reality is that they need a third pass rusher.

He also fills a need at 3-4 end, something the Chiefs will have to think about in the future. Todd McShay described him recently and listed out the reasons why he’s likely to be a high pick:

As far as the defensive tackles, it’s a deep group, and there’s a lot of talent here. Fletcher Cox, the more tape I watch, the more he just grew on me, and I love his versatility. I think he plays the game hard. I think he can rush the passer both from the inside and the outside, different styles, more of a three technique.

On the outside he seals the edge and is stronger at the point of attack than when he plays on the inside, but I also see some ability to get off the quarterback with power moves and leverage moves as a left defensive end type or a 3-4 defensive end, as well, on occasion. I think he’s the best of the group, I really do, and I think he’ll continue to get better.

The Chiefs already have high-cost investments at defensive end, but only one on Scott Pioli’s watch as general manager — Tyson Jackson. While TJ has gotten better and Glenn Dorsey holds his own, neither player has been able to fully silence his critics since being drafted in the top five (or three for Jackson). In addition, Jackson is due a ridiculous $14 million next season. That figure is simply too much.

Cox would give the team some leverage and flexibility — something that Pioli seems to love. He drafted Jon Baldwin before he ever had to make a call one way or the other on Dwayne Bowe. He signed Stanford Routt before doing the same with Brandon Carr. Instead of waiting for his one option to work out. Pioli seems to like to add a position of need while also allowing that move to serve as a Plan B in case a player leaves in the future.

While there are definitely other great players available to take in the draft at that spot, perhaps none comes with the ceiling that Cox would bring at a position of need both right now and in the future.


NFL Draft Rumors: Jaguars Want Chiefs To Trade Up For Ryan Tannehill, Per John Clayton

The Jacksonville Jaguars want out of their spot at No. 7 in the top ten. Every year this happens, where a specific team is just in a bad spot — just outside the fringe of elite level players. The Jags won’t find someone worthy of the No. 7 spot and will have to reach for something of need — Michael Floyd of Notre Dame, perhaps — and it won’t be worth it in the end. The Jags don’t need a quarterback, which means Ryan Tannehill, if he falls, would make for a great trade-up candidate.

John Clayton is reporting that the Jags are wanting the Chiefs to be that team. It would give the Jags another draft asset while they would only fall four spots to No. 11, so an impact player would still be in the cards.

As for the Chiefs, it would put them in the spot before the Miami Dolphins which would ensure that Tannehill would come to Kansas City if the Cleveland Browns don’t take him at No. 4. That last note seems to be more and more of a possibility so if Tannehill slips, KC could have an interesting scenario on their hands — if they like Tannehill, that is.

If all signs are positive on the Texas A&M quarterback, then Pioli has a choice to make. While moving up four spots at the top of the draft is likely to cost something rather nice, even for four spots, he might be able to hold the Jags at bay a bit with the leverage that they want out of that spot. Pioli’s been at this long enough to know where and how to take advantage of value.

The first round of the draft will certainly be an interesting one to follow. The Chiefs could do a number of things after the top ten and are one of the key franchises to follow. The Jags certainly hope they fall in love with one particular player to help them out of a minor jam.


2012 NFL Draft Class Weak In Pass Rushers, Could Shift Chiefs Away From David DeCastro, Luke Kuechly

For those of you hip to Football Outsider’s various equations that measure NFL statistics left-of-center, you know that the writers there often unmask many important points for the average reader. One of the site’s best measurement is their SackSEER formula which, well, it’s better if they explain it.

One important note, however, is that the generally held thought that there’s no dynamic pass rusher or two in this class but rather a few guys who could fare well seems to hold up when applying the metric. Nathan Forster writes:

On balance, SackSEER believes that 2012 will be a fairly poor year for edge rushers, with only one strong prospect and a slew of likely-to-disappoint high-round picks. Last year, SackSEER 2.0 projected eight edge rushers to hit 20.0 sacks or more, led by Von Miller, who had the seventh highest SackSEER projection of all-time. SackSEER 2.0 only projects four of this year’s prospects to reach 20.0 sacks in their first five years in the league -— and they’re not necessarily the four whom you would expect.

In short, this class is half as good as last year for guys who can rush the passer. That should significantly affect the draft strategies of several teams who might bypass a great player at a deep position for the ability to grab one of a few real pass rushers.

The top four for Football Outsiders are interesting: Nick Perry of USC, Whitney Mercilus of Illinois, Shea McClellin of Boise State and Chandler Jones of Syracuse. Andre Branch of Clemson is also projected just at the bottom line of those predicted for at least 20 sacks in their first few years in the league.

In short, consider that the Kansas City Chiefs were among the three worst teams in the NFL last season at rushing the passer — yet they were credited for having a great defense. If the Chiefs are going to succeed this year, the pass rush has to get better. The maturation of Justin Houston will help as will the return of Eric Berry to allow everyone else to do what they do. But they also don’t have enough pass rushers in general.

Romeo Crennel admitted as much in a press conference, saying the can’t have enough pass rushers (along with speed receivers). Given the shortage here, the Chiefs could be in a real position to grab one at No. 11.

This could affect the draft board position of players commonly linked to the Chiefs in mock drafts. Why would the Chiefs take David DeCastro, a great guard certainly, when the draft is particularly deep in interior linemen? In short, it’s the one position in the draft where getting a starter in the fourth or even fifth round is not a stretch. Do the Chiefs change their strategy accordingly?

What about Luke Kuechly? Does the upgrade from Brandon Siler and Jovan Belcher as a tandem to move up to Kuechly’s "safe pick" level worth skipping over the best pass rushers available in the draft?

These are questions that are impossible for those of us outside of the Chiefs war room to answer. The Chiefs continue to surprise in many drafts since Scott Pioli arrived. No one saw the Tyson Jackson pick coming. Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas both provided perplexing moments at first. Pioli knows what his team needs and they will stick to it. But if that need is pass rusher, it shouldn’t surprise if the Chiefs stomp on every mock to make the pick they need.

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NFL Draft Rumors: Buffalo Bills Meet With Ryan Tannehill, Fletcher Cox

The Buffalo Bills have the selection immediately before the Kansas City Chiefs, which means that it will be the last nail-biting pick before Scott Pioli knows whether he’ll get his man or not. Judging by the visit list recently for Buddy Nix’s roster, the Bills could be zeroing in on a quarterback talent to challenge Ryan Fitzpatrick in much the same way as the Chiefs wanted someone earlier this offseason to compete with Matt Cassel.

The Bills have reportedly been in the mix for an interesting defensive lineman as well. Marc Sessler of NFL.com writes:

The Buffalo Bills hosted a steady stream of big names this week: On Tuesday, Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox strolled through the facility. Rosenthal asked the question last month: Do the Bills have the best defensive line in football? Adding Cox to a cast that includes Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus might answer that question.

Stephon Gilmore has been the hot cornerback name leading up to the draft. Patrick Peterson enjoyed great buzz before the draft last year although it was clear all along he was the best corner prospect. That said, Gilmore’s jump into the top ten would be a late move but one that would knock other prospects down one spot if he made it.

The Chiefs could be interested in Cox and Tannehill both so it will be interesting what happens before this pick. The Bills could easily be setting up a smokescreen of some kind since offensive line is the team’s biggest need at this point. If the team doesn’t draft Riley Reiff or another capable tackle, that would be a surprise.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Luke Kuechly To Chiefs At No. 11 In Wes Bunting's Latest

A survey of the latest mocks floating around for the 2012 NFL Draft has the Kansas City Chiefs likely zeroing in on one player. Sometimes that can be a sure sign of what’s to come or it means a team’s smokescreen heading toward draft weekend is working. Only hindsight will tell the truth. For now, the Chiefs are looking like the future home of Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, with Wes Bunting’s mock being the latest to predict such a future.

"With the need at offensive tackle addressed in free agency the Chiefs can now look at one of the safest players available in the front seven," writes Bunting. "Kuechly is a tackling machine with good size, natural instincts and above-average athleticism. Is the kind of talent who can make an impact inside from day one."

Such a safe pick makes an already solid defense that much better. While the team still has something to address at defensive tackle, adding Kuechly to the linebacking corps would cement the middle and provide another playmaker next to Derrick Johnson. It’s not the sexiest addition of a big-time pass rusher or a quarterback to contend for the starting role. However, if defense wins football games, the Chiefs would have one of the best.

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NFL Draft 2012: Philadelphia Eagles Look To Trade Up For Fletcher Cox, Not Ryan Tannehill

Before the 2012 NFL Draft, it’s impossible to figure out what is truth and what is fiction given the amount of smokescreens from front offices given to sportswriters and media figures. One such false notion is likely the sky-high stock that Ryan Tannehill has enjoyed over the last several days — one that had a bit too many teams interested in him. The news that the Philadelphia Eagles were interested in trading up for him is apparently wrong. Fletcher Cox was instead the major target.

NFL.com’s Marc Sessler reports, “Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline reported Tuesday the Eagles might maneuver up, but for the services of defensive lineman Fletcher Cox. This feels like an Andy Reid pick, and the 6-foot-4, 298-pound Mississippi State behemoth is a strong fit for Philly’s wide nine scheme.”

Apparently the rumor is right on and Rotoworld agrees that the Eagles could move up but not for the Texas A&M quarterback.

Rotoworld reports, “There’s been enough Cox buzz coming out of Philly that we’re inclined to believe Pauline’s report. The Eagles have shown pre-draft interest in Tannehill, but SI’s Peter King reported Monday that it’s not enough to move up particularly high. Jacksonville at No. 7 is shaping up as a hotspot in the draft. The Jaguars want to trade down, and teams could leap into that position to secure an impact pass rusher or the draft’s third-best quarterback.”

If this is the case, then maybe Tannehill’s stock is lower than what everyone was led to believe. For a while, it seemed like a team might have to trade up into the No. 3 spot to win the Tannehill sweepstakes. Instead, he might be there for the Chiefs to consider at No. 11 without having to swing a deal at all. The Eagles’ interest was clearly inflated. How much was everyone else’s?


NFL Draft 2012: Kelechi Osemele Visits With Kansas City Chiefs

As the Kansas City Chiefs continue to look at potential prospects to bolster both the competition for starters and the overall depth on the offensive line, the latest possibility from the 2012 NFL Draft class is Iowa State’s Kelechi Osemele.

At 6-6, 347 lbs., his size is the first thing most people mention. Osemele’s technique is also praised and he should come off the board in the first couple of rounds — maybe falling to the third at the latest.

Wes Bunting believes that Osemele has a nice future at the next level, even if it comes with some limitations. He writes, “A big, thick kid with natural strength, athleticism and flexibility. Has improved his technique and overall range off the edge, but is better suited to play inside or on the right side at the next level.”

The Chiefs have Ryan Lilja and Jon Asamoah on the roster already at guard, but they are often tied to David DeCastro. They also lack any back-up tackle options after Eric Winston and Branden Albert other than developmental talent David Mims. Osemele would help at several aspects when considering the overall state of the line.


2012 NFL Draft: Chiefs Work Out LSU Safety Brandon Taylor

Last season, the Kansas City Chiefs endured their fair share of injuries. In doing so, the team’s lack of depth at several positions was exposed, especially in the secondary. Injuries to both Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis gave way to a major drop-off in talent to the next level of the roster. Thus, it’s not surprising to find out that the Chiefs are working out potential assets before the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.

Brandon Taylor is the latest prospect to be linked to the Chiefs scouts and coaching staff with a private workout, and the LSU safety would definitely aid a thin safety position on the roster. The starters might be in place, but Taylor’s game would work well to bolster the entire unit, aid on special teams and provide a bit more comfort knowing that Berry and Lewis both have to prove they are back and completely healthy.

Wes Bunting agrees that Taylor would be a good fit on a team in need of that third safety. He writes, " He can tackle in the box and in space, despite being a bit inconsistent at times. Displays some natural coverage ability and looks capable of maturing into tweener starter/nickel safety at the next level."

Taylor will have to overcome some health concerns to keep his draft stock up, which is why his personal workouts are going to be more important for his draft potential than others.

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2012 NFL Draft: Late Round Quarterback Options Include B.J. Coleman, Darron Thomas

he Kansas City Chiefs have been working out various quarterbacks leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, presumably in the hopes of adding a potential rookie at the most important position in football if the fit and value are right. While the bulk of the attention is on those at the front of the class, and rightfully so, the Chiefs also have some options on the draft's final day if they so choose. Here are a few that could catch their eye.

B.J. Coleman - Chattanooga - 6'4" 233lbs
Coleman is a solid sleeper in this draft at the quarterback position. As the draft process has progressed, Coleman has become better known to scouts and fans. Coleman is a former Tennessee transfer who has natural size to play the position. He also has good arm strength and can make every NFL throw necessary. His accuracy can be spotty at times, but for the most part is solid.

Coleman isn't very mobile, but has some athletic ability. From a mechanics perspective, Coleman is decent, but his footwork needs attention. By all accountsm Coleman is a good kid and a hard worker. In the later rounds of the draft he is someone to watch as he has an NFL skill set and good upside, and could very well become an NFL starter.

Projection: 4th-5th Round

Chandler Harnish - Northern Illinois - 6'2", 215 lbs.
Harnish is likely more of a backup at the next level with upside as a developmental starter. Harnish started for parts of all 4 years in college, and is a smart, tough football player. He is an athletic player at the quarterback position who can do damage with his legs outside the pocket, having rushed for over 2,000 yards the past 2 seasons. Harnish doesn't have a great arm, but an adequate one.

He has good accuracy in the middle of the field but struggles when he has to drive the ball outside the numbers at times. Harnish has solid mechanics and footwork, but could still use improvement in both areas. He is a hard worker, who is tough and durable. Harnish will be an assest at the next level even if he isn't the starter. He will be a backup in the league for a long time with the potential to develop to the point where he can be an average starter.

Projection: 5th-6th Round

Darron Thomas - Oregon - 6'3" 220lbs
Darron Thomas is an intriguing player in this draft who is a work in progress and will be a developmental prospect for any team that takes a chance on him. A productive college player, Thomas made a curious decision to leave Oregon with a year of eligibility left. Thomas is a very good athlete who can be a danger outside of the pocket. Inside of the pocket, he has real good arm strength, but has mediocre accuracy at best.

Thomas' mechanics will need some work and so will his footwork as he operated out of a spread system at Oregon. Thomas makes good decisions, but will need to work on reads and progressions that come with a pro-style system. Overall, Thomas is an interesting proposition but is extremely raw, but will need hard work and improvements to be successful.

Projection: 7th Round-UDFA

Aaron Corp - Richmond - 6'4" 215lbs
Aaron Corp is a talented athlete and was a transfer to Richmond from USC. Corp possesses good size and a frame that can be built up with work. Corp has average to below average arm strength, but throws with good anticipation and accuracy for the most part.

Corp doesn't always trust his eyes and has a tendency to make poor decisions (as evidenced by his 17 INT this past year). He has solid footwork and mechanics, and is a hard worker. Corp will need some work to become a good player at the next level, but is smart, a good athlete and works hard. He will be a camp body at the very least, but has the potential to develop down the line.

Projection: 6th Round-UDFA

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NFL Draft 2012: Peter King Expects Chiefs To Pass On Dontari Poe In First Round

The greatest perceived need for the Kansas City Chiefs heading into the 2012 NFL Draft is likely to be at defensive tackle. Most NFL analysts identify the lack of an impact player at nose tackle for the Chiefs, and Michael Brockers and Dontari Poe are the names most commonly mentioned in mocks for the Chiefs at the position. But Peter King believes that Scott Pioli would pass if confronted with the option, despite the notion that the Chiefs will likely take someone to play DT from this draft class.

Kelly Gregg is no certainty to return (or even play) next season. While last year’s sixth rounder Jerrell Powe holds promise, he’s an obvious developmental tackle at this point. So the Chiefs are likely to strike somewhere. Poe, however, will not be the guy according to King’s latest column for Sports Illustrated.

King writes, “Here’s my biggest question about Poe: For such a marvelously disruptive pocket-presser, how did he have eight tackles for loss and one sack in 12 games last year? I can’t see Carolina reaching for Poe at 9, and I can’t see Kansas City taking him because of his poor college production, but I do think he’ll go somewhere soon after that. I could see Jets coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who had Ngata at Baltimore, thinking they can make history repeat itself with Poe.”

If the Chiefs believe he has Ngata like potential, then that’s a choice worth making every time. To have such an incredible anchor in the defensive interior would make the Chiefs front seven among the top units in the league. That said, there’s no way of knowing and Poe is simply not a safe option at a draft slot where many other safe options should remain.

The Chiefs can reach for a project later, but to ignore a linebacker like Luke Kuechly or a guard like David DeCastro for the sake of a project lineman is likely not going to happen. King is right in his assumptions and Poe will likely be someone else’s boom or bust after draft weekend.

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NFL Draft 2012: Peter King Believes Chiefs Could Trade Out Of No. 11 If Ryan Tannehill Falls

The Kansas City Chiefs are at a pivotal spot right outside of the top ten — the perfect place in the 2012 NFL Draft for a player who unexpectedly tumbles out of the first tier of players taken. It happens every year, and the Chiefs know that a prized prospect could fall to them in the right circumstances. Peter King of Sports Illustrated has another use for that pick: trading it to the highest bidder for Ryan Tannehill.

In King’s latest Monday Morning Quarterback column, the NFL analyst believes the Chiefs will not pull the trigger should the Texas A&M quarterback fall. Instead he has the Chiefs utilizing the position to gain some additional draft assets to a team desperate to trade up. King writes:

In the unlikely event Tannehill makes it out of the top 10, I believe he’ll be the 11th overall pick. That spot belongs to the Chiefs. I don’t see the Chiefs taking Tannehill. I see Kansas City taking the best offer for the pick, and there will certainly be offers for that pick if Tannehill slips. Still, the most likely scenarios are Tannehill to Cleveland at four or Miami at eight. But why 11? Because teams around the league know how much Seattle loves Tannehill.

And you can write this down: If Tannehill were to be there at 12, Seattle would take him, even though the Seahawks just paid medium dollar for Matt Flynn in free agency. That’s how much Seattle loves him. "At Tannehill’s workout,‘’ one source told me, "[coach] Pete Carroll was giggling like a schoolgirl watching him throw. His attitude was like, ’What are we even doing here? He’ll never be there for us.’ ’’

The Chiefs have worked out Tannehill privately and the word is that he’s also visited the Kansas City area this offseason. Thus it’s still a possibility that Tannehill emerges as the Chiefs pick, should he remain available. The Chiefs have publicly stated that they want to increase the level of competition at quarterback with Matt Cassel, and while they’ve signed Brady Quinn already, that hardly seems the move that anyone expected.

But if King is right, then the Chiefs could look later in the draft for another quarterback — perhaps Brandon Weeden or Russell Wilson — for the chance to trade down and acquire more picks. They did the same last year and gained a third round pick that became Justin Houston in the move from No. 21 with the Browns (Phil Taylor) to No. 27 (Jon Baldwin).

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: David DeCastro Goes To Kansas City Chiefs In First Round

When a player is considered to be the greatest player to come out as his position in several years, does it really matter what position he plays? Besides kicker or punter, it seems safe to say that any other such descriptor would earn a top draft selection for that player. Andrew Luck has been described in such ways, and he’s predicted to be No. 1 in every mock for the 2012 NFL Draft around. But what about offensive guard David DeCastro of Stanford?

Apparently it’s not an important enough position to qualify in the top five overall players. That’s why DeCastro continues to fall just outside the top ten in many mocks to the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s the latest at WalterFootball.com as Walter Cherepinsky writes:

It’s unusual to see a guard at No. 11 in an NFL Draft, but the Chiefs made a similar pick two years ago when they selected Eric Berry at No. 5. Safeties never go that high, but Berry was just that good of a prospect. The same can be said about David DeCastro. DeCastro is no ordinary guard. He’s the top player at his position in a very long time. Most consider him to be the next Steve Hutchinson. The Chiefs need to improve the interior of their offensive line, and DeCastro would be a great addition along with recently signed Eric Winston.

DeCastro would definitely elevate the Chiefs’ offensive line play, potentially to the level of the line that was once the best in the NFL. At one point, several Hall of Fame candidates all lined up together — from Willie Roaf and Will Shields to Casey Wiegmann and Brian Waters. The Chiefs’ move to bring in Winston and DeCastro could remind some of days gone by.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Work Out Georgia Center Ben Jones

The Kansas City Chiefs are likely looking for interior line help in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, and their latest prospect visit features center Ben Jones of Georgia as the next candidate up for inspection. Jones is one of the better center prospects in the draft, and he's already worked out privately for the Ravens, Rams, Falcons and Jets among others.

Now the Chiefs have to consider whether they are interested in grabbing Jones later in the draft or a prospect like David DeCastro early. The team is likely to lose center Casey Wiegmann to retirement, but they drafted Rodney Hudson in the second round from Florida State last year to help ease that transition since Wiegmann went through the same retirement questions in 2011.

Hudson is versatile enough, however, to move over to a guard position if they like a center better like Jones. It would not surprise if the Chiefs grabbed a couple of offensive line prospects in the draft. However, tackle is also needed so only one interior lineman is likely.

"This has been a dream of mine to play in the NFL," said Jones recently in an interview with Aaron Wilson. "I'm soaking in the moment. I'm not really that nervous. Eerything has worked out and I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

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NFL Draft 2012: Western Michigan DL Drew Nowak Linked To Chiefs

Western Michigan's Drew Nowak had no problem getting into the offensive backfield as a defensive lineman these last few seasons in the MAC. Now, NFL teams like the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs are hoping he can do the same for them as they survey the 2012 NFL Draft class for gems in the later rounds.

Nowak is 6-4. 295 lbs. and won the MAC Defensive Player of the Year Award last season for his incredible 91 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also had 4 more quarterback hurries, 1 forced fumble and 2 blocked kicks. Despite his performance, however, it's clear that he'll be a late round selection.

"These last couple weeks are about just being able to stay focused," said Scotty Smith, Nowak's trainer who runs the Green Bay branch of the Don Beebe franchise. "Not do anything too out of the box or crazy that's going to put him in a weird position, but just making sure if the phone rings and someone else wants to bring him in for a private workout, he's ready."

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NFL Draft 2012: Could Scott Pioli's 'Warm Seat' Force Trade Up For Ryan Tannehill?

There’s no doubt that Ryan Tannehill is the most talked about, most debated and most puzzling prospect heading into the last week or two before the 2012 NFL Draft. The Texas A&M quarterback has gone from being a second-round prospect to now potentially landing at No. 3 in the entire draft, and many teams are kicking the tires on Tannehill’s potential. The Browns, Chiefs, Dolphins and Seahawks are among those who have been linked in one way or another.

Rob Rang of CBS Sports says that the Chiefs in particular should be a team to watch when it comes to potential trades up in the first round from their initial selection at No. 11. In doing so, he also says something quite interesting about the reason:

Those Bill Polian thoughts that Kansas City was very much in the Ryan Tannehill Hunt? That’s more than smoke, and perhaps even a crackling inferno, even as GM Scott Pioli calls trading up “irresponsible.” Tannehill had a visit and private workout with the Chiefs who have less-than-entrenched starter Matt Cassel under contract. Given the scouting moshpit around Texas A&M’s strong-armed, athletic passer in recent weeks, it’s no surprise to see Pioli and Kansas City taking a strong look.

Is Scott Pioli really on the hot seat in Kansas City? Yes, it’s a team that just fired its head coach, so that typically means the next to go is the general manager. However, Clark Hunt and Pioli have seemed on the same page from the outset — even through the drama that the team endured last in the 2011 season and through the playoffs.

In addition, it’s hard to argue the fact that the Chiefs are a much better team than when Scott Pioli first took over. The roster is loaded with young impact players, especially on the defensive end, and the Chiefs just landed an impressive free agent class due to the current regime’s ability to talk Eric Winston, for example, into staying here above all other potential destinations. Thus, it’s hard to imagine Pioli going anywhere no matter what happens to the team in 2012.

The bottom line is that while Rang’s prediction that the Chiefs could move up might be correct in the end, it will not be for the reasons that he states. It will be only that the Chiefs wanted Tannehill and nothing more. If they believe in the player and they can get him, they will take him. Any notion of a hot seat or trigger finger is unfounded and simply wrong.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Visit With Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray For Personal Workout

As the Kansas City Chiefs continue to scout out possibilities for the future of the running back position in the 2012 NFL Draft, they’ve already spent some time with promising back Doug Martin from Boise State and now they turn their attention to another mid-round possibility in Cyrus Gray. Aaron Wilson reports that the Chiefs have held a private workout with Gray in recent days.

Gray ran 198 times last year for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns. He scored 30 times in his Texas A&M career, and is considered to be a third or fourth round selection. Drafttek questions his size and says there are limitations, but he could project as an every down back and compares him to Thomas Jones.

Wes Bunting has him as the eighth best running back available and doesn’t believe he has the same possibilities as Drafttek. Instead he writes, “An instinctive, well put together back with natural running skills inside. Isn’t ever going to be a cowbell back at the next level and isn’t overly dynamic in the open field. But can be productive in a two back system in the NFL.”

The Chiefs are looking to potentially add some long-term potential given the one-year contract Peyton Hillis signed and Jamaal Charles’ return from a torn ACL.

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NFL Draft 2012: Alabama's Josh Chapman Reportedly Set To Visit With Chiefs

Jayson Braddock has the word that Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman is set to visit with the Kansas City Chiefs, a team definitely looking around for young options to add in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft along the defensive interior. They’ve already visited with Dontari Poe and Michael Brockers, so taking a closer look at Chapman makes sense.

Wes Bunting has Chapman as his seventh best available defensive tackle in the class and writes, “Has the making of a starting caliber nose at the next level in either a 3-4 and 4-3 front. Can consistently anchor on contact, is long armed and tough to move off the football. Also, is a better pass rusher than given credit for. Will likely fall because of medical concerns, but could be a real bargain because of it.”

Frank Cooney agrees and writes, “Previously, one of the questions about him was whether he had the dedication to be the best he could be. And when he is healthy, his best is impressive. Chapman is a short, stout, strongman who is especially good against the run. He plays with a powerful base and uses his strong arms and hands to discard blockers.”

Chapman certainly brings championship experience and should be well-coached coming from Nick Saban’s team. That would add a solid player along the line that already has Jerrell Powe from last year’s draft class and several other versatile linemen like Allen Bailey and Amon Gordon. Kelly Gregg’s return is also a possibility.

[Thanks to @Jason_Madson for the news tip]

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2012 NFL Draft: Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis And The High Risk And Reward Of The Chiefs Backfield

In one sense, the Kansas City Chiefs are loaded at running back. Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis and Dexter McCluster easily stands proud alongside any other NFL backfield and could end up leading the league in rushing. Then again, it’s also filled with questions — one that could make the Chiefs choose another one in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.

Charles is coming off of an ACL injury, and there’s simply no way of knowing how he will respond until he’s placed in a game situation. While Charles maintains that his rehab is going well, the NFL has mixed results when it comes to running backs returning to form from such injuries.

Hillis had a down year last year signed a cheap, one-year deal to play with the Chiefs. The obvious hope for the former Cleveland Browns star is that he can regain his form of old and cash in next offseason. In short, his stay in Kansas City might not be for long.

As for McCluster, the Chiefs have never quite figured out how to use him as a major playmake a la DeSean Jackson. Instead, he’s been plugged into various scenarios to varying results, and now a new offensive coordinator must learn to do the same. He’s definitely a candidate to break out, but for now he’s definitely a complementary player on the Chiefs offense.

If things come together in the right way, the Chiefs could own the best running game in the NFL. If everything falls apart, as it did last season on the team, the Chiefs could be in trouble. This means that the team could aim for a running back in the upcoming draft.

“I think it’s another solid class,” GM Scott Pioli said of this year’s running backs class at the NFL Combine. “There are a number of underclassmen making it another solid class of running backs. I think overall, the entire draft, it’s a really solid class all along.”

The Chiefs have already visited with Doug Martin of Boise State and could be in play for a Lamar Miller type in the second round as well. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs find a back they like in this draft and how he will work into the system in 2012. Hopefully, the Chiefs won’t need anyone in the next year because everything went right. One way or the other, it’s likely to greatly affect the Chiefs’ playoff hopes in 2012.

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2012 NFL Draft: Bills, Chiefs Could Tangle Over Luke Kuechly, David DeCastro

Of all of the players the Kansas City Chiefs have been linked to in various mock drafts, the team is typically connected with two: Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly and Stanford OL David DeCastro. Both players are the best at their respective positions. Both players fill a need. Both would also become solid values around the No. 11 selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.

However, Adam Schefter reports that the Chiefs aren’t the only team around there thinking the same on both players. Instead, the Buffalo Bills could be potentially in on both as well.

He writes, “It could be that Kalil falls and if Buffalo wants to go trade up to No. 5 (Tampa Bay) or No. 6 (St. Louis), those teams would be all ears in terms of listening to offers. If Buffalo stays where it is, the sense around the league is that the Bills will have their choice between Kuechly or DeCastro and other good players who will be available at that spot.”

This could make the choice rather easy for the Chiefs if one of those players is already off the board by the time they must make their selection at No. 11. However if Scott Pioli likes one of those guys in particular, then the Chiefs might become a good candidate to move up the draft order to get their man.

As great as DeCastro is, this is also a draft loaded with great interior line prospects. The team could possible trade down in the draft to take a Cordy Glenn, or potentially wait until the second and hope Peter Konz is there, the best center in the draft. They could then move Rodney Hudson over with his versatility to left guard.

That means that Kuechly would be a likely trade target if they were going to move up a spot or two to ensure they will get their man. It’s easier to see the Chiefs moving down than up, but Kuechly is clearly in a class by himself for that inside linebacker slot. It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs would respond if the Bills are truly in on those same players.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Avoid High-Risk Prospects Like Ryan Tannehill, Dontari Poe For Luke Kuechly

The Kansas City Chiefs will have a major decision to make in the 2012 NFL Draft. Should they take a high-risk, high-reward selection that could put the franchise over the top or continue the long, steady ascent they’ve been focused on since the beginning of Scott Pioli’s tenure? The latest mock from Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks says the Chiefs will continue what they started with their first selection in the draft.

Banks has the Chiefs selecting Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, the leading tackler in college football last season. It’s a pick that instantly makes the Chiefs linebacking corps one of the best in the NFL, and gives the Chiefs one of the safest, well-rounded picks in the draft.

Banks writes, “If the Chiefs aren’t upwardly mobile in pursuit of quarterback Ryan Tannehill (see No. 7 Jacksonville), upgrading at inside linebacker with Kuechly would be a well-received pick. Again, I’m dropping boom-bust DT prospect Dontari Poe past a team that was thought be interested in him at one point this scouting season. Stanford guard David DeCastro is another sound option.”

Tannehill would be the most interesting one way or the other, for certain, but the price to move up for a quarterback that could not work out is likely too high for a team with obvious upgrades to make. Meanwhile, Poe is simply a hot Combine name that’s falling at the wrong time. It’s unknown if the Chiefs were ever that high on him.

Instead, Kuechly becomes the pick to work with Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston. With the return of Eric Berry from injury and other developments and upgrades, this becomes an elite-level defense in a hurry under Romeo Crennel in 2012.

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NFL Draft 2012: Nose Tackle, Guard Remain Biggest Positions Of Need, Per Sports Illustrated

As the 2012 NFL Draft draws closer and closer, more coverage is going to be released and team needs are an essential part of any football site's list of columns once the draft is within reach. Chris Burke is handling the AFC team needs duties for Sports Illustrated, and he has the three primary areas of need for the Chiefs well-covered. He focuses on nose tackle, guard and quarterback overall, and while a case can be made for inside linebacker, it's not a bad write-up.

About the main position of need, Burke writes, "Kelly Gregg, in addition to being unsigned at the moment, is considering retirement, and Jerrell Powe far from engrained himself in the starting lineup last season. Kansas City needs a big body in the middle."

This is the reason why several have the Chiefs connected with players like Dontari Poe and Michael Brockers in the first round. The other positions listed by Burke also show the reasoning behind mocks that place Ryan Tannehill or David DeCastro with the Chiefs in the first round.

While Romeo Crennel says the Chiefs can go any direction, expect them to address one of these three positions -- or inside linebacker with Luke Kuechly -- in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft: Ryan Tannehill Trade Featuring Rams, Chiefs Shakes Up First Round

Apparently one monster trade in the first round is not enough for mock experts looking forward to the 2012 NFL Draft. The Washington Redskins already paid a major price to the St. Louis Rams to move up to the No. 2 selection to grab Robert Griffin III in a trade that shook up the top of the first round. In Will Brinson’s latest, the Kansas City Chiefs will do the same — trading up with the Rams at No. 6 to take quarterback Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M.

Brinson writes, “That’s right, we’ve got a mock trade compounding a real one. Boom. The Chiefs clearly aren’t in love with Matt Cassel and Ricki Stanzi can’t seem to find the field. The Chiefs can hop the Fins and it only costs them a second-round pick.”

That’s not a bad price on moving up so many picks at the top of the draft, so Brinson is right about one significant factor — a swap of firsts and additional second is a reasonable price. However, that’s where this fantasy likely ends.

The Chiefs have definitely done their homework on the quarterbacks available in this draft, holding private workouts with Brock Osweiler and Tannehill among others with a couple of weeks to go. They have also stated this offseason that they want to improve the competition level at quarterback, with their only move being to sign Brady Quinn as a back-up in Tyler Palko’s spot from last season. That said, it’s hard to see the Chiefs pulling the trigger here.

Tannehill’s stock has been rising as the No. 3 quarterback on the board for most mocks. However, recent draft history is littered with a supposedly hot product falling to the late first or even second or third round (a la Jimmy Clausen, Andy Dalton or Ryan Mallett). The Chiefs still have some positions to upgrade with those first two picks, and Scott Pioli would have to be absolutely convinced Tannehill was his man in the end. Is that even possible at this point?

Everyone describes Tannehill with the possibility of a high ceiling, but it’s all potential at this point and it’s hard to tell how he will translate at the pro level. The Chiefs seem risk-averse enough to make a move like that. Instead, it’s likely the Chiefs will wait on a quarterback, if they take one, in the middle rounds and hope for success with a Kirk Cousins or comparable prospect.

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NFL Draft 2012: Syracuse DE Chandler Jones Works Out For Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs are likely looking to add to their defensive front seven with one or even two selections in the first three to four picks in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. In the first round at No. 11, many mock drafts have them taking Michael Brockers of LSU or Dontari Poe of Memphis. Another name they are now linked with is Chandler Jones of Syracuse, a defensive end who could be enticing in the second round perhaps.

It’s clear he’s making his way up draft boards at this point (as defensive linemen usually do with just weeks to go before the draft). The Chiefs aren’t the only team in on Jones either.

“Jones says he has drawn interest from teams that use 4-3 and 3-4 schemes – he had workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars among others,” writes Tyler Dunne. “Jones also met with the Green Bay Packers at the scouting combine.”

Jones is 6-5, 265 lbs. and the National Football Post’s Wes Bunting says he loves his frame at the pro level. However he cautions a bit when he writes, “I love his size and length. But I worry about defensive lineman who play upright, lack a great get off burst and struggle to change directions. I don’t see him as a big time pass rusher. But if he improves his pad level he could mature into a potential starting option.”

Last year, Jones had 38.5 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 1 interception.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Brandon Weeden Makes Sense In Second Round For Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have already came out this offseason to say they were interested in adding some competition at the quarterback position. While Brady Quinn has been added as a free agent, his presence is likely not what fans and analysts believed Scott Pioli meant by that statement. Therefore, a move could be forthcoming in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Walter Cherepinsky believes the Chiefs could take Brandon Weeden in the second round to provide the main competition to Matt Cassel for the starting spot. The Oklahoma State star is definitely going to go around that spot or even earlier, and some team will love the experience the 28-year-old will bring.

He writes, “They’re pretty much stacked everywhere – except for that all-important signal-caller spot. It wouldn’t hurt to add competition for Matt Cassel. I don’t consider Brady Quinn competition. Brandon Weeden makes sense because he’s presumably ready to step in right away. The Chiefs can win the Super Bowl with good quarterback play, so they’re not interested in someone they can groom for a couple of years.”

If the Chiefs can stay healthy, they will definitely make some noise in the AFC West, even with the arrival of Peyton Manning.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Likely To Bypass Ryan Tannehill For David DeCastro

The Kansas City Chiefs are likely to have a major decision on their hands when it comes time to turn in the card for their selection at No. 11 in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. As the first team out of the top ten, someone is likely to fall that could turn their head, while another is likely to be there as a Pro Bowl-caliber player over the next decade. Drafttek believes the Chiefs will go for the latter in David DeCastro in their latest mock.

Drafttek’s report reads, “Will Scott Pioli trade up for Ryan Tannehill? He may, but it would be very much out of character. The Chiefs should take David DeCastro. He is by far the best player available and the best Guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson. He will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years, more than likely at a multiple Pro Bowl level. When the floor for a player is a few Pro Bowls, you don’t walk, you run that card to the podium!”

Tannehill would certainly bring in the “competition” that was brought up earlier this offseason by the Chiefs front office in quotes concerning the state of the quarterback position. Yet that level of investment in the first round is not likely when such a player like DeCastro could be a Chief for the next decade. It’s more likely that the Chiefs will aim for a Brandon Weeden-type to be there in the second round or take a flier on a late-round option like Russell Wilson.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs' Prospect Visit List Includes Michael Brockers, Ryan Tannehill

The Kansas City Chiefs are working on their draft board like every other franchise at this point before the 2012 NFL Draft, and it’s interesting to see who is getting the attention of various scouts and coaches at this point. The Chiefs have spent some time alone with several quarterbacks, some name position players and some relative unknowns. It’s all in an offseason’s work for Scott Pioli’s crew.

Michael Brockers and Ryan Tannehill are the biggest names the Chiefs have spent any time with. This list is likely to grow, but as of now, here’s an unofficial look at who the team has connected with.

Chiefs Prospect Visit List:
LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers
*Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins
Arizona receiver Juron Criner
*Oklahoma tight end James Hanna
West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin
Illinois receiver A.J. Jenkins
Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson
Western Michigan defensive tackle Drew Nowak
Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler
California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz
Oklahoma offensive tackle Donald Stephenson
*Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill
LSU safety Brandon Taylor

*- private workout

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2012 NFL Draft: Chiefs Invite 17 Local Prospects To Pro Day

While it might not guarantee anything specifically with the Kansas City Chiefs, the upcoming Chiefs Pro Day does provide local NFL prospects with the chance to showcase their talents heading into the 2012 NFL Draft. This year, seventeen prospects will get the chance to impress the KC front office including offensive tackle Donald Stephenson of Oklahoma.

As Josh Looney writes, “To be eligible for the workout, players must have attended a college or university within a 40-mile radius of Arrowhead Stadium. A player whose hometown is within a 40-mile radius of the stadium is also eligible to participate.”

He also notes that last year the Chiefs did not sign anyone who attended but five found their way onto NFL rosters. Cornerback Trey Hobson of Missouri, wideout Brandon Kinnie of Nebraska and All-Big Ten tight end Blake Dunsmore of Northwestern will also be attending this afternoon. You can find the complete list of players here.


2012 NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Attend Missouri State Pro Day

As the Kansas City Chiefs take a closer look at a myriad of prospects to finish out their draft board heading into the 2012 NFL Draft over the last full weekend of April, more and more sightings of their scouts and coaching staff are reported here and there. The latest comes from the Missouri State Pro Day where the Chiefs were one of 14 teams there to check out players like running back Chris Douglas and nearly a dozen others.

Lyndal Scranton writes, “Douglas and former MSU receiver Jermaine Saffold were the standouts as scouts from 13 NFL teams clicked stopwatches and wielded notepads. The scouts issued a blanket ‘no comment’ afterward, but Douglas and Saffold filled out paperwork for multiple teams and running back Stephen Johnston for one team.”

The Chiefs were the only AFC West team in attendance, but other notable teams included the Steelers, Packers, Bears, Panthers and 49ers.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Ryan Tannehill Falls Past Dolphins To Chiefs At No. 11 In Pro Football Talk's Latest

The roller-coaster ride known as the draft stock of Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill heading into the 2012 NFL Draft is one wild ride. He was listed as a second- or third-round prospect only weeks ago before finally crescendoing as a possible No. 3 or 4 pick in the entire draft last week. Now he’s experiencing some pushback in various mock drafts, and Evan Silva is the latest to downgrade him to the No. 11 position for the Kansas City Chiefs to take in the first round.

Silva writes, “Kansas City can’t pass on Tannehill if he slips past Miami.” That’s a short piece of analysis that really explains nothing at all. The Chiefs can’t pass on him? Why not? If Tannehill is one of several quarterbacks with question marks in the draft, what would keep them from taking Brandon Weeden or Kirk Cousins or Brock Osweiler a bit later instead?

The reality is that if Tannehill slips by the Dolphins, he could just as easily slip by the Chiefs. Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel have been clear that they would like to upgrade the competition at quarterback this offseason. However, they will also follow their draft board and personal opinions on a player, media coverage be damned.

The Chiefs will personally work out Tannehill before the draft. If they like him, they will take him. If not, they will let him go. It’s really that simple and there’s no way any NFL analyst can know one way or the other until the draft card is submitted.

Despite what Evan Silva writes, Tannehill is not a slam-dunk pick. Jimmy Clausen fell in 2010 to the late second round despite Mel Kiper’s insistence he was incredible. Ryan Mallet fell to the third round last year even though everyone raved about his arm leading up to the draft. Declarations on any quarterback other than Andrew Luck or RG3 are simple guesses thrown like darts at a wall.

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NFL Draft 2012: Pass Rusher Is 'Hidden Need' For Chiefs

Coming into the 2012 offseason, the two primary positions of need for the Kansas City Chiefs were both related to a tackle of some kind. Eric Winston signed early in the free agency period, which gave the Chiefs the offensive tackle they needed on the right side. Many fans and mock experts look to the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft for the defensive tackle the team needs. Andy Benoit of the New York Times agrees that nose tackle is needed, but he also believes another issue is pressing as well.

The Chiefs need a pass rusher, someone to truly bear the burden with Tamba Hali in getting to the quarterback. The Chiefs tied for third to last in the NFL last season in team sacks, and Benoit isn’t as enamored with Justin Houston as others. Check out his take below:

The Chiefs addressed their other outside linebacker position last season by drafting Justin Houston in the third round. Houston has some athleticism and showed improvement as a rookie. He finished with 5.5 sacks, though three of those came against Chicago’s depressingly overmatched right tackle Lance Louis. Houston has not yet shown to be a consistently dynamic edge presence against the pass. Perhaps that will change, but you can never have too many pass rushers anyway. Right now, the Chiefs only have one.

It wouldn’t be surprising at all to see the Chiefs add some help along the line in a versatile pass rusher who can do what Wallace Gilberry did two seasons ago. They could also make a move in the first round for a pass rusher instead of an all-around linebacker like Luke Kuechly. The draft has a few options for the Chiefs and it’s clear they will look to upgrade their pass rush. Romeo Crennel has already said as much.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Work Out Versatile Tight End James Hanna

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to schedule private workouts with various players leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, and the latest comes from the University of Oklahoma. Tight end James Hanna has reportedly scheduled a private workout with the Chiefs and will also spend time with the Vikings, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com.

“I showed my potential,” Hanna said in a telephone interview with Wilson. “I’m hoping some teams are interested in what I can do for them. Most teams just want to know that I’m committed to being a blocker when I need to be because most of them know that I’m capable as a receiver. They want to make sure I’m on board for blocking assignments, and I am absolutely. I’m extremely versatile. I can block pretty well. I can line up in the backfield or at wideout or on the line. Whatever I’m asked to do, I feel comfortable.”

Hanna would likely become a developmental pick for the Chiefs if taken since the team already has Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss in house. Boss even signed a three-year deal, and Moeaki is among the more promising tight ends in the NFL if healthy. That said, Joel Thorman has some strong insights from Arrowhead Pride:

Tight end seems set in the near future for the Chiefs but Hanna seems to offer a unique skill set, especially if the Chiefs start featuring more two tight end sets, as the Chiefs have hinted at this year. If the Chiefs plan on featuring the tight ends more in the future, then they’ll need to start developing more tight ends.

Hanna had 27 receptions for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Sooners last season. In 2010, he exhibited a strong red zone presence with 7 touchdown catches.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro Remains Popular Pick For Chiefs At No. 11

Another mock of the 2012 NFL Draft is out at SB Nation and David DeCastro is, once again, the pick du jour for the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 11. It’s becoming a regular occurrence in mocks around the Interwebs and for good reason: the Chiefs are in a perfect position to leap on what could be the best overall value in the draft.

DeCastro is largely considered to be one of the best overall players available in the draft. Some believe he’s the best interior-line prospect in years, but no team can afford to take a guard or center among the top picks in the draft. As the first team outside of the top ten, the Chiefs can take DeCastro knowing there is the right value at that spot.

Ryan Van Bibber writes, “The Chiefs are probably going to lose Casey Wiegmann, 38, to retirement, leaving a void in the middle of their offensive line. DeCastro flopped in his pro day try out snapping the ball, so Rodney Hudson may be the one snapping the ball this year. Snap struggles aside, DeCastro has elite level talent. The Chiefs line may be the envy of the league this year.”

DeCastro helped Stanford protect Andrew Luck and dominate the college football landscape last season, and the Chiefs would do well to add him to Eric Winston.

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NFL Draft 2012: Ryan Tannehill's Stock Remains Impossible To Gauge

Consider Ryan Tannehill’s stock impossible to gauge for the 2012 NFL Draft. The frenzy surrounding Tannehill right now is more than anyone could have predicted early on this offseason. Before Robert Griffin III officially scaled draft boards around the league at option 1-A, Tannehill was hardly talked about. He was one of the best options as the third overall quarterback to be taken, but that now seems like a long time ago given the change in conversational tone these last few weeks.

Now? Todd McShay is calling him a certain top ten talent. Note: he doesn’t say pick but talent. He said of his change in grade, “I had to take a step back and realize he belongs in the top 10, and has a chance to be an elite NFL quarterback.” In short, McShay is caught up in the climbing stock as well. For good reason? That’s impossible to tell at this point.

Rick Spielman, general manager of the Minnesota Vikings, recently came out and said his team was looking to trade out of the third spot. Why wouldn’t they? After seeing the draft haul that the No. 2 position garnered for the St. Louis Rams, it’s easy to see why they’d want in on the action. Tannehill won’t create that type of buzz, but it’s possible someone will cash in several assets to take Tannehill at No. 3 — at the strategic spot ahead of the Cleveland Browns.

So Tannehill is climbing the charts like a shallow pop song, but is that set in stone? Will a team like the Chiefs have to trade everything to have a chance at him? Will they even want him? These are questions that cannot be answered until draft day. But what is clear that is it’s not a given that Tannehill will be gone by the time they choose at No. 11 — or even in the second round for that matter.

Everyone remembers the quarterback frenzy of last year when teams traded up for Blaine Gabbert, took Jake Locker in the top ten and grabbed Christian Ponder at No. 12. These came after Cam Newton, of course. Four quarterbacks in the top 12 supposedly sent out a signal that teams would do anything and everything to gain even the possibility of that franchise quarterback.

How quickly Ryan Mallett has been forgotten, then, and his precipitous fall to the New England Patriots in the third round. The Cincinnati Bengals stuck to their guns to take A.J. Green in the first round and hoped Andy Dalton would be there waiting in the second. Not everyone has to clamor for their quarterback of the future.

Going back even further, will any draftnik ever forget the decline of Jimmy Clausen on draft night? Mel Kiper, Jr. kept insisting to anyone who would listen that Clausen was one of the best available players in the entire draft. The end result was being selected 48th in the second round by the Carolina Panthers, almost an entire round after Tim Tebow. The alleged ups-and-downs of a player’s stock, in other words, cannot be trusted until the draft cards are turned in.

It is possible that Tannehill will become the next great NFL quarterback. It’s possible that a team will have to trade their first round choice this year, their first next year and another couple of choices to get him at No. 3 overall. It is also possible that Tannehill becomes this year’s Clausen or Mallett and suddenly finds himself the recipient of the pity of everyone watching the draft. Anyone who insists they know where Tannehill will fall was too quick to erase the memories of the last time we did this.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Set Up Personal Visit With West Virginia's Bruce Irvin

A team can never have enough pass rushers. Romeo Crennel echoed that sentiment already this offseason, and for a team that finished with the third-worst sack total in the NFL, adding a couple this offseason would not be a bad idea. That’s why Bruce Irvin fits the bill as a prospect to take a closer look at. Dan Pompei from the National Football Post says the Chiefs are among several teams meeting with Irvin in the weeks before the draft:

West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin may be heating up in the draft to the point he could creep into the first round. He is scheduled to take 12 visits to NFL teams. He is appealing both the 3-4 teams as an outside linebacker and 4-3 teams as a defensive end. Among the teams he is visiting are the Bears, Browns, Chiefs, Dolphins, Forty Niners, Jets, Panthers, Patriots, Texans and Titans. Part of the reason so many want to see him is coaches want to put him on the board and watch tape with him, and have a chance to see what makes him tick.

The Chiefs’ Justin Houston finally started to break through in the final third of the season with 5.5 sacks in the final 5 games. It’s obvious the coaching staff has high hopes for him to continue that learning curve through a full offseason. However, the team still needs various pass rushers to place alongside Tamba Hali and Houston and Irvin could be a great fit.

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NFL Draft 2012: Mike Mayock's Rankings Has Dontari Poe Falling, Fletcher Cox Climbing

The latest positional rankings are out from NFL.com’s Mike Mayock, one of the NFL Draft’s most trusted analysts, and the defensive tackle position is in a major state of flux. Dontari Poe is falling at the wrong time, while Fletcher Cox is catching fire simultaneously. How it will play out in the end is anyone’s guess.

The Kansas City Chiefs are definitely among the teams monitoring such players given the need along the defensive interior. The team is often connected to Poe, the tackle from Memphis, but just as quickly as Poe’s stock inflated after his strong showing at the NFL Combine, he’s now falling back down — at least according to the buzz of scouts and draft analysts.

Then again, why would anyone believe anything they hear this time of year? Everyone is giving out massive amounts of misinformation to change the perceptions of the players they really want. Perhaps the amount of bad news you hear about a player in the weeks before the draft should tell you how high he might be taken.

Here’s Mayock’s top five defensive tackles:
1. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
2. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
3. Michael Brockers, LSU
4. Dontari Poe, Memphis
5t. Kendall Reyes, Connecticut
5t. Devon Still, Penn State

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NFL Draft 2012: Dwayne Bowe Believes Chiefs Could Go Any Direction

The Kansas City Chiefs have already enjoyed a successful offseason by the standards of most sportswriters and NFL analysts given their free agent acquisitions. Right tackle Eric Winston shores up the weakest spot among the starters. Peyton Hillis provides the best tandem back with Jamaal Charles yet. Kevin Boss gives Matt Cassel another receiver and some insurance if Tony Moeaki isn't back to health. Given the players already brought in, star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe says he has no idea what the team will do in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.

"With the way the team has gone and picked up free agents this offseason, you really don't know who will be the first round pick," said Bowe at the recent Nike uniform reveal. It could be a quarterback, a running back, a wide receiver, an offensive lineman or a defensive player. I don't know what it will be. I just hope it will be the right decision."

Brady Quinn was also brought in as a back-up quarterback and Stanford Routt was the first addition at cornerback this offseason to help replace the departed Brandon Carr. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs grab more help for the offensive line, take a defensive tackle or throw a curveball at quarterback.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs' Top Need Is Nose Tackle According To Pro Football Weekly

The Kansas City Chiefs came into the 2012 NFL offseason with one primary need on their team above any other at right tackle. The signing of Eric Winston alleviated that concern, and with the NFL Draft approaching, they can now turn their attention elsewhere. Pro Football Weekly reports that the nose tackle position is the next they should address when looking ahead to the late April draft.

Playing a 3-4 defense, the Chiefs need run stuffers in the middle of the "D." With no proven nose tackle on the roster, an anchor for the defensive line becomes a top need. The Chiefs drafted a tackle last year in Jerrell Powe, though conditioning issues resulted in the sixth-round pick seeing the field in only one game last season. Veteran NT Kelly Gregg, who was signed last offseason, is a free agent and, at age 35, likely on his last legs. Adding a dynamic player in the middle of the line — similar to what Pioli had in New England with Vince Wilfork — would make the Chiefs’ defense one of the league’s premier units.

It’s impossible to tell if there is a Wilfork like player in this year’s draft. Every top nose tackle the Chiefs could conceivably select at the No. 11 position has question marks — from LSU’s Michael Brockers to Memphis’ Dontari Poe. It might be a better move for the Chiefs to wait until the middle of round two to select a Devon Still or Brandon Thompson. No matter what round it’s addressed, it’s clear that most people believe the Chiefs will address the defensive interior early on.

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Mel Kiper's NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Take Luke Kuechly, Devon Still In First Two Rounds

If the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft fall the way that Mel Kiper has them in his latest mock over at ESPN, fans of the Kansas City Chiefs will likely rejoice. That’s because Kiper has the team taking a top flight linebacker and a solid defensive tackle in the first two rounds in Luke Kuechly of Boston College and Devon Still of Penn State.

Kuechly is Kiper’s choice at No. 11 overall, and that is a common selection in many mocks for the Chiefs. Kiper writes:

Kuechly is a rare talent at linebacker — instinctive, explosive, able to make plays from sideline to sideline, but very sound in reading plays into the backfield and making stops. Kansas City has a need here, and Kuechly is a safe pick, a guy who can get on the field early and pick up the nuances of the NFL game right away. A tackling machine at linebacker, he’ll make any defense better.

As for Still, he’s been named as high as the middle of the first round in past mocks. Although his stock seems to have taken a hit, there’s no doubting his talent in the middle for a team that could use a young dynamic presence to develop there. Kiper writes, “At one time a Big Board regular, Still fell some, but will still be considered a first-round value on some boards.”

While the Chiefs have offensive needs and could go in other directions (read: David DeCastro), there’s no denying that adding two impact defenders in the front seven would make an already impressive defense into a great one.

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NFL Draft 2012: Ryan Tannehill Earns High Praise From Bill Polian

The Kansas City Chiefs are one of several teams spending some considerable time with Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft. Whether or not they are highly interested is unknown. What’s also unknown is whether they have the ammo to move up and take him ahead of other possible destinations. But what is becoming more clear is that several NFL analysts are growing to love his potential.

Bill Polian is the latest to weigh in on Tannehill’s promise and believes that the thought of Tannehill landing at No. 3 or 4 overall is a spot he deserves.

"Tannehill merits the attention based upon talent and a very, very high upside," Polian said. "He has not played as much quarterback as have Griffin and Luck, but he is immensely talented and he is a winner and he is a high-character guy and a very exceptionally smart guy, so he’s got all the characteristics. This is real."

However anyone who wants Tannehill is undoubtedly going to have to move up to those aforementioned spots since it’s not likely he will slip through.

"People who are interested in Tannehill are going to look to come up there and perhaps even come up with Minnesota and try and get in front of the Browns … or do business with the Browns," Polian said. "There’s a lot of action right around that 3-4 spot. That’ll be where all the action is."

The Chiefs would have to pay at least next year’s No. 1 as well as the No. 11 pick and likely a couple more nice selections to be able to grab Tannehill. If they make that move, they are going to have to believe in Tannehill as much or more than Polian and that he’s a very significant upgrade over not only Matt Cassel but the other potential draftees in this year’s class. That’s not very likely.

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NFL Draft 2012: Is Brandon Weeden The Best Fit For The Kansas City Chiefs?

Near the beginning of the NFL offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs came out saying in public what their fans hoped they would address: the need for more competition for the quarterback position. Matt Cassel has failed to fully win over teh fans in three seasons under center for the Chiefs and it calls his ceiling into question after so much time. While the team will still have Cassel as a major part of the equation, the team’s brass opened up about the longing to bring in someone else to contend with Cassel for the starting spot.

That said, the free agent market has not been kind to the Chiefs. Kyle Orton signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Peyton Manning spurned their advances. Other possibilities were quickly snatched up including Jason Campbell to the Bears and Chad Henne to the Jaguars. Thus the team could turn to the upcoming NFL Draft to address the issue.

Thus far, the Chiefs have been checking out a number of quarterbacks in personal workouts. Brock Osweiler from Arizona State and Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M are the latest names to come out linked to the Chiefs but they will not comprise the whole. Many more are likely to be considered and it’s possible that an unnamed candidate might be the best yet.

Adam Rank writes, “Brock Osweiler knocked the socks off scouts during his pro day, and he should grab the attention of a team with a veteran quarterback who can take some time to groom a quarterback of the future like the Broncos or Chiefs. But Brandon Weeden seems like a better fit for Kansas City, because it needs a polished quarterback who is ready to start right away — not a project.”

Weeden is often knocked for his age of 28, but his strong experience and resume of work at Oklahoma State speaks for itself. Such a steady veteran could actually quickly move beyond typical rookie struggles and nerves at the next level as well.

The Chiefs would not use their first round pick on Weeden at No. 11, but if they were able to trade down, he could become a possible late first round or second round selection. If the Chiefs want to wait for anything beyond that, Weeden will likely be taken.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Dontari Poe To Chiefs In ESPN's Latest

The Kansas City Chiefs might or might not bring back Kelly Gregg next season. Either way, expect the team to address the defensive interior in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. The Chiefs can now pick for value rather than need, according to head coach Romeo Crennel, and given the amount of talent along the defensive line in the first round, it would not surprise to see the Chiefs take a big presence at defensive tackle in the process.

That's the thought behind the Chiefs first round choice in ESPN's latest mock draft. Bill Williamson writes, "The Chiefs would be thrilled to see Poe on the board at 11. He is the best player available who fits their biggest need. Poe has a chance to be a dynamic player on a defense full of young talent."

Dontari Poe is often linked to the Chiefs at that choice, but there's also a chance the Memphis product goes earlier, perhaps to the Carolina Panthers two spots before the Chiefs. If so, Michael Brockers is another name who could fill the role.

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NFL Draft 2012: Brock Osweiler Schedules Personal Workout With Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs are doing their homework and taking some personal time with several of the top quarterbacks available in the 2012 NFL Draft. They will meet with Ryan Tannehill later this week, but they are also reportedly going to schedule something with Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler, who is the tallest quarterback in the draft at 6'-8", 240 lbs.

They are not the only teams taking a closer look at Osweiler, however, as even a division rival is inspecting him as a developmental pick. The Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are among the other teams taking a closer look.

Wes Bunting believes he comes with several positives but several limitations as well, and writes, "If everything falls into place for Osweiler, meaning he develops as a quarterback mentally, has time to work at his trade and falls into a perfect fit for him physically (Steelers, Patriots, Raiders) he does have the talent to eventually fight for a starting job in the NFL. However, he rates much closer to a developmental later round pick and reminds me some of Cardinals QB John Skelton."

The Chiefs could bring in another quarterback, but after signing Brady Quinn and drafting Ricky Stanzi last season, they would have a full roster. It’s hard to tell how they would handle the glut of talent, but if the Chiefs are serious about creating competition, then that’s a good way to start.

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NFL Draft 2012: Robert Griffin III, Kendall Reyes Among Hottest Names

In his latest mailbag column, Adam Schefter of ESPN takes on a question that most people are asking: who are the hottest names leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft? Every year there are names that take a team by surprise and even the Chiefs fell right into that when they surprised everyone and took the rising stock of Tyson Jackson at the No. 3 choice in Scott Pioli’s first offseason with teh Chiefs.

This year, Schefter mentions an obvious candidate as well as a few sleepers that warrant mentioning.

Schefter writes, “Here are some at the defensive line position: Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox, Connecticut’s Kendall Reyes, Syracuse’s Chandler Jones and SMU’s Taylor Thompson. Those are some, but there are others, and none more than Robert Griffin III. Back in December, right before the Heisman ceremony, I remember asking scouts about him and hearing he was a mid-first-round pick, maybe an early second. Now he’s locked into the No. 2 overall spot. Players are a lot like stocks, rising one day, falling the next, then rising again.”

Reyes and Thompson have been linked to the Chiefs in some mock drafts and one or the other might be taken by the Chiefs in the second round, although Reyes could slip into the bottom of the first. Defensive linemen are going to be a popular commodity as teams try to control the line of scrimmage and disrupt the passer. For the Chiefs, that goal becomes paramount with Peyton Manning in the AFC West.

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NFL Draft 2012: Chiefs Set To Visit With All-Big Ten Wide Receiver A.J. Jenkins

Romeo Crennel already made the statement this offseason that the Chiefs would look to add a few positions in the NFL Draft if possible. It was a list that included cornerbacks, pass rushers and one thing that University of Illinois star A.J. Jenkins would bring: speed to the wide receiving corps.

The All-Big Ten receiver is going through the typical pre-draft visit season and the Kansas City Chiefs are among the teams interested. Apparently they are not alone.

Tania Ganguli writes, “Jenkins is visiting the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, then he has visits with the Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers scheduled soon afterward. He already met with Jaguars offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski at the combine.”

The Chiefs already have Dwayne Bowe, Jon Baldwin and Steve Breaston in the rotation, so it’s likely that the team would use Jenkins in multiple wide receiver sets as well as special teams. The team also has long-term questions at wideout given the lack of a long-term contract for Dwayne Bowe. For now, however, it’s about adding promising players at key spots and letting competition and development sort things out later.

Jenkins caught 90 passes for 1,276 yards and 8 touchdowns last season.

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NFL Draft 2012: Eagles, Chiefs Hold Personal Workouts With Ryan Tannehill

Let’s leave the incredulousness at the door on this one. It’s easy to dismiss a rumor or believe that you know what your favorite team will do on draft day based on your own take or analysis. But let’s also get one thing clear: every team only has so many days leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft to get ready. So when a team schedules a personal workout with Ryan Tannehill and has several personnel taking up their time to be there, well, that’s a major investment to say the least.

That’s why Peter King spent so much time this morning focused on two teams that are holding personal workouts with Tannehill: the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. King writes:

Fact is, this is the time of year — 24 days before Round 1 — when teams buzz from town to town to get their drafting ducks in a row. The Eagles working out Tannehill could just be Philly doing its due diligence on a good player. That’s what it probably is. But with the Eagles and quarterbacks, you never know. It could be more. The Eagles wouldn’t seem to have a quarterback need, with Michael Vick set to play the season at 32, and the Eagles wouldn’t seem to have the ammo to move up from their 15th spot in the first round — without including their 2013 first-rounder — to get their talons on a quarterback who might be picked as high as fourth (by Cleveland).

King goes on to write “By the way, Matt Cassel’s head shouldn’t rest too easy on the pillow tonight either. The Chiefs travel to College Station later this week to get their own private session with Tannehill.”

The Browns have checked in on him, as have the Seahawks and Dolphins among other teams. No one knows exactly where he will go, unlike Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, but it’s possible a team will want to move into the No. 3 or 4 position to get Tannehill if they fall in love with the former Texas A&M quarterback. The cost seems mighty high for a player with limited experience, but it could be the upside that everyone is focusing on.

This will not be popular for most Chiefs fans, since most believe the team still needs to use its draft picks well and not trade up for an unknown commodity. Perhaps the risk like this is something the team should take in 2013 when they have further bolstered the roster. At the very least, it provides intrigue leading up to the main event.

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NFL Draft 2012: Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles Schedules Personal Workout

It was an unfortunate ending for one of college football’s most productive players of all-time. Now Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles hopes to show he can come back from the tragic ACL injury he suffered earlier this year with a reported personal workout to be held on April 12 in time for the 2012 NFL Draft, per Paul Domowitch.

Broyles had already set the career receiving record in FBS history earlier in the season with his 317th career catch against the Kansas Jayhawks, breaking Taylor Stubblefield’s record in the process. One month later, he tore his ACL at home against Texas A&M that ended his season and crushed his draft stock.

Broyles ended his career with 349 catches for 4,586 yards and 45 touchdowns, and he’s typically regarded as a mid-round selection. However, a strong workout could conceivably push him into Day 2 territory in the second or third round. It’s there that a team like the Chiefs could make a move if they felt the value was right by jumping on “damaged goods” knowing he still has considerable time to get better.

If anything, most Big 12 fans will be rooting for Broyles to land somewhere earlier than later since such an incredible career deserves strong consideration. Injuries are a part of the game, but it’s troubling when they happen at the end of such a stellar career like Broyles enjoyed.

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Kansas City Chiefs Among Several Teams At Bethune-Cookman Pro Day

The Kansas City Chiefs were one of several teams at Bethune-Cookman’s recent Pro Day, but there’s likely one primary player the team was there to see: linebacker Ryan Davis. The 6-2, 256 lb. player would fit well into the 3-4 scheme of Romeo Crennel and could be a late round/undrafted gem.

Brent Woronoff of the Daytona Beach News-Journal writes, “Besides the Jaguars and Chiefs, scouts represented the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers.”

Davis also had a personal workout with the Jags and it’s clear he was the focus. The National Football Post’s Wes Bunting likes him and writes, “Is an athletic guy with a good looking body, intriguing athleticism and good production. A potential roster guy as a 34 OLB.”

As for Davis’ performance, it was good but 40 times only count for so much.

“Numbers are numbers. You don’t really know anything until you can see the film on them,” said Kansas City Chiefs special teams assistant Derius Swinton.

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NFL Mock Draft: Luke Kuechly, Kevin Zeitler Headed To Chiefs In Todd McShay's Latest

Todd McShay and Mel Kiper are the primary analysts for the 2012 NFL Draft for ESPN, and mock drafts from each typically get longer as the draft moves closer. Todd McShay has now come out with a two-round mock and he has the Chiefs settling some perceived issues of depth and competition when they grab Luke Kuechly at inside linebacker in the first round and Kevin Zeitler at guard in the second.

About Kuechly, McShay writes, “With Poe off the board, Kuechly addresses another big hole on defense and would team with Derrick Johnson to give the Chiefs range and playmaking ability inside. Kuechly has elite instincts and intelligence, and he proved at the combine that he is more athletic than many thought.”

Kuechly would be a great pick for the Chiefs since they made a nice splash at outside linebacker in the third round last year with Justin Houston. He took a bit of time to adjust to the pro level from Georgia, but Houston ended up with 5.5 sacks in the team’s last five games. Paired along with Houston and Pro Bowlers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, Kuechly could do some great things.

As for Zeitler, he would likely come to training camp as the primary back-up on the depth charter for now like Rodney Hudson did last season until he’s ready for the starting nod. But Wisconsin linemen are well-coached and Zeitler could supplant Ryan Lilja early if he impresses.

In total, the Chiefs offensive line was a weakness last season and the additions of free agent Eric Winston and Zeitler along the front would definitely add some much needed depth and talent. At linebacker, the Chiefs would have one of the best starting units in the NFL.

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NFL Draft 2012: The Chiefs And The Possibility Of Ryan Tannehill

Fans aren't the only ones calling for this. The Chiefs themselves have said they want to take action. If they like Tannehill enough, this is their chance.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Chiefs Take Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu In Second Round

At this point, the only official defensive tackles on the Kansas City Chiefs roster are Jerrell Powe and Anthony Toribio. Both players are developmental players who made a negligible impact last year, and it's likely the Chiefs will address the position through free agency, the draft or both. Allen Bailey and Amon Gordon can certainly slide over given the situation, but Drafttek has some help for the Chiefs in their latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft. They have the Chiefs grabbing Washington Huskies nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu in the second round:

This pick is in a tough area for the Chiefs. Ta'amu is a bit of a reach here, but fills the biggest hole on the team. With some work on his strength and technique, he has the body and motor to be a fine NT in the NFL. The Chiefs are rumored to be interested in Aubrayo Franklin; however, unless the Chiefs sign a veteran NT, this position needs to be addressed in the first four rounds of the draft.

Adding a nose tackle is going to be essential at some point this offseason for the Chiefs, but the team already has more bodies it can throw into the middle depending upon the package being run. Adding a wide body like Dontari Poe early or Ta'amu here would be a good move for the Chiefs.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro, Eric Winston Additions Make Chiefs Offensive Line Dominant

The Kansas City Chiefs still have a few needs heading toward the 2012 NFL Draft, so mock drafts are still circling many of the same key points as of now. The Chiefs will likely add some further pieces until then via free agency, but the key issues may still remain. That's why it's not surprising to see the latest mock from Drafttek discussing the Chiefs guard and defensive tackle positions.

The Chiefs have a nice offensive line at this point, but the team fell prey to many injuries on offense last season and needs to protect Matt Cassel to maximize his potential. In the end, they went with David DeCastro in the first round of their latest mock:

Will the Chiefs grab Dontario Poe, the massive freak NT, David DeCastro the stud guard or will they take Luke Kuechly, the smart tackling machine linebacker? The money bet is DeCastro. He is considered the best Guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson and will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years, more than likely at a multiple Pro Bowl level. An offensive line of Albert, DeCastro, Hudson, Asamoah and Winston would serve notice that the Chiefs are looking to run the ball first.

With that line across the front, the running game of Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis has a real chance to lead the league in rushing once again. That attack should free the passing game and create the best offensive system Cassel has had since he came to Kansas City.

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2012 NFL Draft: LSU lineman Michael Brockers Visiting Kansas City Chiefs

Among many teams that LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers has or will be visiting with before next month's NFL Draft, the former Tigers second-team All-SEC selection will be visiting with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Standing 6'6" and tipping the scales at 322 pounds, Brockers ran a 5.36 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine last month, and had a vertical leap of 26 and 1/2 inches. He also had a 8'9" broad jump.

However at the recent LSU Pro Day, Brockers was timed as fast as 4.97 in the 40-yard dash, while jumping 30 inches in the vertical leap.

Thus Brockers has seen his stock-rise in the past week as some NFL teams near the Top 10 in the draft order have been rumored to be placing him among their possible draft candidates.

Fox Sports posted a youtube video of Brockers highlights on the football field, which you can view here.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Melvin Ingram Enters Conversation For Kansas City Chiefs

Melvin Ingram is mostly perceived as a top ten talent in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. As a dominant pass rusher for South Carolina, Ingram is expected to be taken between 5 and 10 overall in most mock drafts. That’s what makes it interesting for the Kansas City Chiefs to land him in Jonathan Bales’ latest mock for the New York Times

The Chiefs take Ingram at No. 11 in Bales’ latest entry. He writes, “After thinking about team needs and Ingram’s skills, I think this is the lowest he could possibly fall.” The Chiefs would not have him available at that spot if they did not win the coin flip with the Seattle Seahawks during the NFL Combine. The Seahawks ended up at No. 12 in the first round.

Ingram is likely to be an OLB in the 3-4 defense of the Chiefs, which means Ingram and Justin Houston will split time or be used in various ways depending on the sub package. It gives Romeo Crennel another high octane pass rusher to use with Tamba Hali and Houston, who came on strong with 5.5 sacks in the final 5 games of the regular season.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post loves Ingram as the best outside linebacker in the draft. He writes, “He is an impressive pass rusher who can get after the QB in a number of ways. Ingram is raw with his technique and can get better, but his suddenness, length and natural feel for the game makes me think he’s one of the draft’s best senior pass rushers.”

Matthew Fairburn over at Mocking the Draft calls him one of the top pass rushers available in the first round and has him second off the board after Quinton Coples of North Carolina. He writes, “Melvin Ingram does not possess the physical ability of Quinton Coples, but he is a versatile and hard working pass rusher.”

Ingram had 15 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and 2 interceptions last year for the Gamecocks.

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NFL Mock Draft: Luke Kuechly Fits Chiefs Needs At No. 11 In First Round

The latest mock draft over at The Sporting News from Clifton Brown gives the Kansas City Chiefs the best overall linebacker in the 2012 NFL Draft class and that might be the very interior defender that could put the Chiefs over the top. Kuechly would be the Chiefs top pick at No. 11 in the first round.

The Boston College linebacker would fit between last year’s third round pick of Justin Houston from Georgia and defensive MVP Derrick Johnson. Placed with Tamba Hali, the Chiefs four linebackers would be among the best corps in the NFL. Houston came on strong last season with 5.5 sacks in the last five games of the season, and Johnson and Hali are Pro Bowl players.

Right now, the linebacker position is likely to come down to Brandon Siler and Jovan Belcher, both of whom recently re-signed for this 2012 season. Neither is a three down player at this point, so that’s the reason that many mock drafts have the Chiefs grabbing a linebacker this early.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has Kuechly as his best inside linebacker available in the draft by a large margin. He loves his all-around game in his scouting report:

He’s not the biggest, strongest or fastest of athletes. But he’s instinctive, plays faster than he times, finds the football in all areas of the game and can really tackle. He’s going to be a bit limited in coverage, but he’s instinctive enough to play on third down in zone and should end up being one of the NFL’s top tackling linebackers for years to come.

Kuechly was the top tackler in the nation last season with 191.

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NFL Draft 2012: Tackle Profiles For The Kansas City Chiefs For Each Round

While the need may not be as pressing as before, here are some details on offensive tackle prospects that could interest the Chiefs in each of the seven rounds of next month’s NFL Draft.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Dre Kirkpatrick Falls To Chiefs In Sporting News Mock

The Kansas City Chiefs are without Brandon Carr in 2012 for the first time since they drafted him in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Grand Valley State. Carr started every game since coming into the league and formed a dynamic tandem with Brandon Flowers in the promising KC secondary. Now the team has moved on to Stanford Routt and likely hopes that another young corner will step up.

They might end up adding one if Russ Lande of the Sporting News is correct. In his latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft, Lande has the Chiefs taking Alabama product Dre Kirkpatrick.

Lande writes, "The Chiefs upgraded at the right tackle position this weekend, grabbing Eric Winston off the scrap heap. The loss of Brandon Carr hurts, though, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Scott Pioli reached and grabbed Kirkpatrick with the 11th pick. A 6-0 DB with top-flight speed (think Patrick Peterson speed), Kirkpatrick is the rare tall cornerback who can keep up with the game’s fastest receivers."

Kirkpatrick is not the man corner that the Chiefs have went with in the past, so it would be interesting to see them pass up Janoris Jenkins if both are available. That said, Kirkpatrick would definitely be an asset for any team.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro Heads To Chiefs At No. 11

The Kansas City Chiefs wanted to address the offensive line coming into the 2012 offseason and so far it's been mission accomplished for Scott Pioli and company. The team convinced Eric Winston to become the Chiefs' next right tackle, and that alone should help in tremendous ways on the right side. But the latest mock draft from Drafttek has the Chiefs also bolstering the guard position with the best overall prospect available for that spot: David DeCastro.

The Chiefs select at No. 11 in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and DeCastro could be available around that time. Given the history of guards in the first round, he will be for sure, but DeCastro is enjoying a nice buzz that might surprise some if someone from the top ten is interested enough. The Drafttek report reads:

With Eric Winston signing with the Chiefs, DeCastro makes a ton of sense here. He is considered the best Guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson. He will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years, more than likely at a multiple Pro Bowl level. An offensive line of Albert, DeCastro, Hudson, Asamoah and Winston would serve notice that the Chiefs are looking to run the ball first. Newly signed RB Peyton Hillis and Jamaal Charles would be estatic.

The Chiefs would likely replace Ryan Lilja along the line as listed above, giving the team some nice depth in case of injury.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Chiefs Aim To Bolster Defensive Line With Michael Brockers Or Dontari Poe

The Kansas City Chiefs have already addressed the weakest link on the team in impressive fashion by bringing in Eric Winston, formerly of the Houston Texans, to play right tackle. Replacing Barry RIchardson, WInston also likely replaces many mock draft choices that had the Chiefs taking Riley Reiff of Iowa or Jonathan Martin of Stanford as tackle prospects.

Now the attention seems to be switching sides but staying in the trenches, as the next hole on the roster most likely to be taken care of is the defensive line. The team has already re-signed Amon Gordon to a two-year contract to keep some depth along the line, but there’s a definite hole at defensive tackle that still remains.

The team invested a late-round pick on developmental tackle Jerrell Powe in the 2011 NFL Draft that the team hopes will pan out. Powe was kept off the field in every game except one and he logged zero total stats in 2011. Being able to learn behind Kelly Gregg was likely a helpful experience, but being placed in game-time situations will help more than anything and Powe simply cannot be counted on for major minutes just yet.

Instead, the Chiefs will likely lose Gregg as well and simply have no one else capable of filling in. Personnel will shift along the line depending on the package, so other guys will man the middle from time to time, but what the Chiefs lack is that front line presence that they can anchor like many playoff teams have, i.e. Vince Wilfork of the Pats or Casey Hampton of the Steelers.

In his latest mock, Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has the Chiefs changing their mind about offensive tackle and switching in the same way. Michael Brockers is the choice for the Chiefs at No. 11 in the first round, a big defensive tackle from LSU, the college du jour of the Chiefs defensive line since they already drafted Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson from the same school.

Bunting writes, “Brockers is as talented as any defensive lineman in the draft and is capable of maturing into a real game changer up front. He’s got the ability to play all over the Chiefs defensive line early and offers them a lot of versatility in their 34 front.”

Bunting loves Brockers’ size at 6-6, 306 lbs and lists him as the best overall tackle in the draft class of 2012. Overall, he admits he’s a rawer prospect than what some might like at this level of the draft, but the possibilities are there for good things. In his scouting report, Bunting writes:

He might be a little raw and could have used some more work at the college level. However, he’s an NFL talent with “plus” upside but can also come in and play vs. the run at a high level right away. Should get looks at both the three and five-technique spots and in my mind has the ability to become one of the better defensive lineman in the NFL down the line.

In this mock, Brockers is the second defensive tackle off the board, and it’s likely to disappoint the Chiefs that the Carolina Panthers would take the first one in Dontari Poe. Poe has been connected to the Chiefs at No. 11 in several mock drafts outside of Bunting’s so it’s clear that the new thought is that the Chiefs will address the line.

Checking out the latest mock from Mocking the Draft shows that Dan Kadar is thinking the same thing, giving Poe to the Chiefs. While it’s a different prospect, Brockers and Poe usually flip-flop from draft to draft.

Kadar writes, “If there is one thing head coach Romeo Crennel loves, it’s size on the defensive line. With Kelly Gregg near retirement and coming off injury, Crennel could view Poe as the nose tackle of the future. Poe may remind the hulking Poe of Ted Washington, a player who followed him from New England to Cleveland.”

Either way, the Chiefs are now believed to be most interested in bolstering that defensive interior to allow linebackers to make plays. Given the state of the Chiefs linebacking corps, the more Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston can come in and do what they do best, the Chiefs’ defense will continue to rise.

For more on the Chiefs and the upcoming draft, check out Arrowhead Pride.


NFL Draft 2012: Ryan Tannehill Merits Strong Consideration For Dolphins, Chiefs

Players entering the 2012 NFL Draft are going to speak highly of their own stock. That much is a given since they're fighting for not only draft position but the money that comes with a higher choice. Ryan Tannehill has as much as anyone to gain or lose at this point based on perception of his potential, and he makes a convincing argument for his own selection.

When speaking with Walter Football's Charlie Campbell, Tannehill cites a limited body of work as a prime example of the higher ceiling on him than other quarterbacks available in the draft. His work at Texas A&M is enough to warrant being the third quarterback on draft boards heading into the late April draft, but he said he only gets better from here.

Tannehill says, "I think you say look at my body of work. I only started 19 games so I think my ceiling is extremely high. I'm nowhere near my highest point. I have the drive and determination to want to get better. It is not my goal just to play in the NFL. I want to win Super Bowls. I think I have all the physical tools: the arm strength, accuracy, I make plays on the run and I have leadership. I think I have all the intangibles. Like I said, I've only started 19 games so I think I can learn a lot and get a lot better."

For teams like the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, that's definitely something to consider. If they like what they see in Tannehill enough to even think about it at their respective draft positions, then the idea that he will grow stronger with experience could be enough to pull the trigger. Given the run on quarterbacks a year ago on guys like Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and the rest, it will be likely that Tannehill is taken sooner than later.


NFL Draft 2012: Eric Winston Signing Changes Priorities For Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs were widely expected to consider an offensive tackle with the No. 11 selection in the first round of the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. The reason is simple: supply and demand both met in that spot. Players like Riley Reiff or Jonathan Martin were expected to still be around at that time, and the position was the Chiefs' weakest link on the entire roster. After the signing of Eric Winston this weekend, however, that's no longer the case.

Instead, the Chiefs are likely to focus on other needs or ignore that entirely and just take the best player on the board despite the position that they play. Pat Kirwan says the team could possibly address defensive tackle and allow a player like Reiff to slide a bit"

Eric Winston, former starting right tackle of the Texans, signs a four-year, $22 million deal to join the Kansas City Chiefs, which probably means the Chiefs will pass on first-round tackles Reilly Reiff and Jonathan Martin. The Chiefs could now turn their interest to a nose tackle or a move down and take a guard. A team like the New York Jets at No. 16 probably expected Reiff to be gone by time they selected, but it's possible he will still be available.

The team could definitely consider Dontari Poe as a defensive tackle or Luke Kuechly as an inside linebacker. Both players would garner consideration from Pioli with or without Winston.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Dontari Poe Heads To Chiefs In Multiple Mocks

Whether or not the Kansas City Chiefs are able to sign Eric Winston to cement the right tackle position will make a major difference in how the team will likely draft in the first round of the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. With choices like Stanford’s Jonathan Martin and Iowa’s Riley Reiff as possible choices left on the draft board, those players would be difficult to ignore if they remain at No. 11 when the Chiefs pick for the first time.

If Winston is in tow, however, both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler at CBS Sports believe the Chiefs will take Dontari Poe — and that might not depend on the team’s free agency moves. The Memphis defensive tackle is among the best at the position and it’s one that KC needs to address at some point this offseason after losing Kelly Gregg to potential retirement and failing to have any other dependable player at the position.

Poe has been rising up draft boards with a stellar NFL Combine workout, so it’s possible he even goes earlier to the Carolina Panthers or Buffalo Bills.

For more on the Chiefs and the upcoming draft, check out Arrowhead Pride.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro Bolsters Interior Of Chiefs Offensive Line

The latest mock is out for the 2012 NFL Draft from Drafttek and the Kansas City Chiefs bolster their interior offensive line this time around with the selection of David DeCastro, the star guard out of Stanford. The Chiefs have Ryan Lilja, Rodney Hudson and Jon Asamoah from left to right in the interior at this point, but it’s believed that Lilja would become a back-up if the Chiefs took him. The Drafttek report reads:

If he goes to the Chiefs here at #11, DeCastro would be among the highest drafted Offensive Guards ever. But he’ll solidify the Chiefs OL for Jamaal Charles et. al.. Should the Chiefs sign a vet RT, this becomes a no-brainer pick.

If the Chiefs can also sign Eric Winston, former right tackle of the Houston Texans, in the free agency period, then the Chiefs line will go from average to one of the best in the NFL. DeCastro is widely regarded as the best guard prospect of a very deep class. Adding Winston would also give the Chiefs an above average tackle. Replacing the two weakest spots with some of the best in the NFL would make a major difference for the Chiefs offense.

For more on the Chiefs and the upcoming draft, check out Arrowhead Pride.


2012 NFL Draft: Ryan Tannehill Called 'Franchise Quarterback' By Wes Bunting

Andrew Luck is a sure thing. Robert Griffin III is likely going to be quite a dynamic player for the Redskins. Beyond that, there’s no telling exactly what the quarterback class of the 2012 NFL Draft holds. Some like Brandon Weeden. Others think Kirk Cousins holds promise. Ryan Tannehill is often regarded as the third best quarterback, but can he become a franchise quarterback and provide needy teams a solid future at the position? Wes Bunting of the National Football Post believes so.

Bunting loves Tannehill and says he’s worth of a high first round choice. He writes, “With such limited experience at the quarterback position it’s not a case of where this guy is right now, but where he can be in 2/3 years. I love the talent and the overall production from a guy who doesn’t have much experience playing from under center as he plays way beyond his years. A potential franchise quarterback in my mind.”

The Kansas City Chiefs are picking at a spot that might be too late to grab Tannehill given that eight teams would have to pass on the next quarterback in line for the Chiefs to stay at No. 11 and grab him after the Colts and Skins take their two picks in Luck and Griffin. It’s hard to imagine every other team above them letting a quarterback slide.

To that end, if the Chiefs love Tannehill to any degree, expect them to try to move up. If not, then they should be glad that some team will think so highly of him that he will go before they choose.

For more on the Chiefs and the upcoming draft, check out Arrowhead Pride.


Redskins-Rams Trade: Cleveland Browns Come Up Biggest Losers In Robert Griffin III Sweepstakes

Yes, they paid a king’s ransom. However, the Washington Redskins are hoping that Robert Griffin III turns into just that for them — the next king of a division that also boasts Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Michael Vick. To win in the NFC East, the Redskins simply could not roll with another season of Rex Grossman under center (or someone comparable), so they did what they had to do.

That’s a common theme for teams these last few offseasons — doing what they have to do. The Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals are hoping to do the same for Peyton Manning. And those teams that lose out will be forced to take a Plan B route that will likely lead to more mediocrity in 2012.

As for the one team that loses in all of this, the Cleveland Browns do not seem to be aiming anywhere in particular. They’re not in the Manning sweepstakes and they didn’t pull the trigger to move up for Griffin. Perhaps they thought they had time. Perhaps they balked at the price. Both are understandable, yet now they sit with Colt McCoy once again and an AFC North division that will likely leave them picking in the top five in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Matt Williamson faults the Browns as well for Scouts, Inc. He writes, “Yes, Washington gave up a ton to land this potential phenom, but that is the cost of doing business. One thing I take away from this transaction is shame on Cleveland for letting this happen. The Browns were in the driver’s seat to move up just two spots in the draft, but instead of going strong, they will most likely aim for mediocrity and sign a Matt Flynn or use their second-round pick on a prospect like Brandon Weeden or Kirk Cousins. Again, that is aiming for mediocrity. Griffin was exactly what that franchise and city needed, but the Browns couldn’t get it done.”

The Chiefs definitely need to heed this warning as well, although their division allows them to be a bit more comfortable than the Browns should be. After all, they almost won the AFC West in a season where they fired their head coach. But to compete at any higher level, the Chiefs are going to have to find that urgency at some point and make a play for a playmaker. Otherwise they will continue to linger as a league-average team for some time.


Redskins Not Only Team Willing To Surrender Multiple Top Picks For Rights To Robert Griffin III

It’s easy to shake your head at the final cost for the Washington Redskins to move up four spots in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Three first round selections is unheard of and the additional second round choice is the icing on the top. But when a team is inspired to get the quarterback it wants, it’s clear that they will do what it takes. And Albert Breer of NFL Network says that the Redskins weren’t the only ones in on the bidding at that price.

In fact, Breer says via Twitter, “And for those who think the Redskins are crazy … I’m told there were multiple teams outside of Washington bidding in that range for RG3.”

Is it possible the Chiefs were also bidding around that range. At the NFL Combine, the Chiefs reportedly interviewed Griffin and did their homework on the kid. Romeo Crennel came away and said he even had a connection with the Baylor quarterback.

No one will ever know if the Chiefs were among the teams that Breer is referring to and it’s not likely that Breer will name names. But it is interesting to note that given the quarterback frenzy and that the Chiefs are in the middle of most of the news, Scott Pioli might have been willing to pony up that sort of draft haul as well.


Robert Griffin III Trade: Redskins Reportedly Complete Deal For No. 2 Pick In 2012 NFL Draft Per Jay Glazer

The chase was on, but it might already be completed with several weeks before the NFL Draft ready to go. Robert Griffin III is going to be the second pick off of the board, and with the number of quarterback hungry teams out there, the St. Louis Rams, holder of the No. 2 choice, were in great position to demand something. Apparently they like what they heard from the Washington Redskins.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting
that the No. 2 choice in the draft has been traded for this year’s No. 6 pick and two future No. 1 selections among other pieces. (Update: The Rams are receiving three first round choices and this year's second rounder as the full trade haul.) Further components of the story will be coming out shortly as Glazer files more than a Twitter report.

This is big news even for the Peyton Manning sweepstakes because if it is true, it takes out one of the major players competing with the Chiefs. The Skins were often listed alongside the Chiefs and the Dolphins among others for Manning and the Chiefs were also interested and at least kicked the tires on Griffin. Now some more certainty enters the picture.

Stay tuned here at SB Nation for more info on the trade as it comes in.


NFL Draft 2012: Robert Griffin III Could Be Cost Prohibitive For Redskins According To Mel Kiper

The No. 2 pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft is up for grabs, and it might as well be called the Rights to Robert Griffin III at this point. The St. Louis Rams officially hold the selection and they have already said publicly that it will go to the highest bidder. The Cleveland Browns are ready to pick at No. 4 and the Washington Redskins are at No. 6. Both teams are going to have to pay heavily to get the pick, but the Skins’ cost might be too much, according to Mel Kiper.

Kiper said today via Twitter that the Redskins would force the Rams to drop four spots. That might cost them the best cornerback in the draft in Morris Claiborne and the best wide receiver in Justin Blackmon. Those are the two primary areas of need for the Rams at this point. If they have to forgo those elite options, Kiper says that asking price for the Skins is likely go to sky high.

As for the Chiefs, they have to be considered out of the running for Griffin at this point. While they publicly flirt with Peyton Manning, the team doesn’t have the draft assets at this point to get Griffin. Money is not an issue in terms of free agents, but climbing the draft order is another. If the Redskins at five selections higher are going to have a tough time, imagine the Chiefs.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Chiefs Might Have To Decide Between Trent Richardson And Riley Reiff

The No. 11 spot in the 2012 NFL Draft might be a tricky one for the Kansas City Chiefs. After winning the coin toss with the Seattle Seahawks to gain the edge in draft order, the Chiefs are the first team sitting outside the top ten and can gain the player that drops unexpectedly.

In Charlie Campbell’s latest mock draft over at Walter Football, he has the Chiefs choosing between a luxury pick of the best running back available in Trent Richardson and a great need at tackle in Riley Reiff.

Campbell writes, “If the draft plays out like this, Kansas City would have a tough decision to make between Reiff and Trent Richardson. However, the team already has some quality running backs on the roster. There should be some good running backs available to the Chiefs in the second round, but there won’t be a left tackle close to Reiff’s caliber. Barry Richardson is a complete liability at right tackle. If Kansas City takes Reiff, the team can play him at right tackle, or move Brandon Albert over from left tackle.”

Campbell is right that the need is to great to pull the trigger on Richardson despite how tempting it would be. The Chiefs simply must improve the line by adding talent and youth to cement it for the long haul.


NFL Draft 2012: Justin Blackmon Runs Well In Pro Day Workout

As the race for positioning comes closer to the 2012 NFL Draft, the official times coming out of various Pro Days scheduled at the top schools are going to matter more and more. The word that Justin Blackmon today ran well is a good sign that the Oklahoma State product will likely be the top wide receiver off of the board in the upcoming draft in April.

Tony Pauline reports via Twitter, “Hearing unofficial times for Blackmon in forty under 4.5-seconds… high 4.4’s-to a fast of-4.45”. That’s good enough to keep Blackmon exactly where many mocks have him around the top five choices or so in the draft. Each team in the top five besides the No. 1 spot with the Indianapolis Colts has a good reason to select him, since so many teams need an impact playmaker at receiver.

While some think taking a receiver so high can be a reach, the Cincinnati Bengals certainly enjoyed the product on the field of having A.J. Green on the outside. Blackmon is likely to have a similar impact on a team like the Vikings, Browns or Rams who all need someone to pair with their young quarterback.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Trent Richardson Falls To Chiefs In Todd McShay's Latest Mock

The Kansas City Chiefs have a long history of top shelf running backs and led the league in rushing as recently as 2010. So it's not a surprise that despite the presence of Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs are linked with Trent Richardson in the first round of Todd McShay's latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft.

McShay writes, "This is a best-athlete-available pick. The Chiefs have bigger holes along the interior offensive line and at nose tackle, but even though running back is a low priority in this scenario they can't pass on the chance to get one of the elite players on the board at No. 11 overall. Should they look elsewhere, Memphis DT Dontari Poe would be an option with his ability to shore up the defensive front."

Charles is coming off of rehab for a torn ACL, so it's impossible to tell exactly how effective he will be until he's able to get on the field in a regular season scenario. Grabbing Richardson would not only provide an elite back to tandem with Charles but it would also anchor the backfield in case of any lingering injury issues.

Still it's hard to see this playing out, because Pioli would have to completely ignore need and only gauge value for Richardson to be the choice here. There are other solid running backs available in later rounds and needs along both lines seem too difficult to ignore for McShay to be right here.


NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Has Luke Kuechly Or Dontari Poe To Chiefs In First Round

Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft over at ESPN has Luke Kuechly as the official selection of the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. At No. 11, Kuechly would be the first linebacker off the board and would provide Scott Pioli with top value on his draft board. Kiper writes:

Kuechly came to Indy with concerns about his size. But he weighed in at over 240 pounds, easing some of those concerns, and then shined in workouts, proving the added bulk won’t slow him down; a classic case where a guy answers the big questions and solidifies his stock.

Romeo Crennel needs linebackers with great instincts who can be physical in the run game, make stops and also get into the backfield when asked. Kuechly is simply a machine, a prototype for what you want in an interior linebacker. I can see the Chiefs looking for a nose tackle, so if Poe is around, that pick makes sense as well.

Kiper ends with that mention of Dontari Poe, who was taken at No. 9 by the Carolina Panthers. That would certainly make a bit more sense than Kuechly for the Chiefs, simply for the need on the roster for a defensive tackle rather than an inside linebacker at this point for the Chiefs. However, both players would make fine additions to the Chiefs defense.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Mike Adams Goes To Chiefs In National Football Post's Latest

The latest mock draft is in from Wes Bunting of the National Football Post and the Kansas City Chiefs are sticking at right tackle in nearly every mock at this point. The 2012 NFL Draft has enough top shelf offensive lineman that the Chiefs should be able to find Barry Richardson's replacement at the No. 11 draft slot. Bunting selects Mike Adams here for the Chiefs.

He writes, "You have to think after the struggles the Chiefs had at right tackle last season, drafting a guy like Adams who has the size and athleticism to handle powerful NFL pass rushers is an intriguing option at 11."

The Ohio State lineman has a mammoth size at 6-8, 320 lbs. and Bunting likes him as the second best tackle in the class. In his scouting report he writes, "He's a talented kid with a big frame, long arms and natural movement skills. He can bend and if he can put it all together and continue to improve his footwork he could certainly mature into a starting caliber left tackle in the NFL."

That would be a great addition to the right side of the Chiefs offensive line at this point and would help any quarterback succeed in 2012. Whether it's Jon Martin of Stanford or Riley Reiff of Iowa or Adams, it's likely the Chiefs use this chance to bolster the offensive line with a top-tier addition.

Check out more on the Chiefs and the 2012 Draft over at Arrowhead Pride.


2012 NFL Mock Draft: Brandon Weeden Provides Chiefs With Another Quarterback Option

No matter what the Chiefs do concerning Kyle Orton, Peyton Manning or a number of other possibilities on the open market, drafting a quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft is still a good move for the Kansas City Chiefs. Scott Pioli has already said that he wants to conceivably draft a new quarterback every year and this year has several decent options to consider. Brandon Weeden is the latest second round choice from Drafttek in their most recent mock draft for the Chiefs:

The Chiefs are emerging as a strong contender for Peyton Manning, if he becomes a free agent. However, that does not preclude drafting a developmental QB. The Chiefs are reported to be down a bit on Ricky Stanzi’s development. Hence Brandon Weeden makes sense here. There is a lot to like in Weeden. He finished the season third in the league in passing yardage, throwing for 4,277 yards with a nice 34/13 TD/INT ratio. He has a strong arm, displays accuracy on all NFL type routes, has enough mobility to be effective, and is a leader on the field. Oh yes, then there is the fact that he is 28 years old. There is a lot to work with here.

If Weeden cleans up his footwork and adapts to playing under center, he could be very effective. With this pick, the Chiefs would be looking for him to start no later than year two. His ceiling is high, but his window is short. With quarterbacks playing until their late 30’s, he could have a nice 8-10 year career.

Weeden just led the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a Big 12 title and solid BCS placement this season with a receiver like Justin Blackmon beside him. The Chiefs should overlook his age and enjoy the product if he’s available considering that he would still have plenty of time in an NFL uniform.

If the Chiefs bring in Weeden and a free agent to go with Matt Cassel, then Ricky Stanzi is likely finished before he ever got started with the Chiefs, and that might be the one element to keep in mind here.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck, David DeCastro Lead Stanford Charge In First Round

As the Indianapolis Colts announce the release of Peyton Manning today at a press conference scheduled for 11am CT, the team is also poised to find their new star at quarterback soon enough with the first overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. Andrew Luck is the obvious choice and every mock draft reflects that line of thinking.

But that’s only the beginning for the dominance of Stanford in the first round of most mock drafts. The Kansas City Chiefs are the next to chose a Stanford prodouct in the latest mock from Drafttek with the selection of David DeCastro at No. 11 overall:

DeCastro had a strong combine that confirmed that he may be the best offensive line prospect in the draft. While OT remains the most likely position to be selected by the Chiefs, there are other options. DeCastro has an amazing skill set. He is big, strong, and agile, with great fundamentals. He also has that “Merlin approved” mean streak. Plus, his leadership skills are excellent, and coming from Stanford, he is very intelligent. It is no wonder that he is considered the best Guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson. Essentially, he will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years at most likely a Pro Bowl level at worst. Is that worth the #11 pick in the draft? If Scott Pioli does not like the Offensive Tackles on the board, the answer could very well be ‘Yes’.

Even after this, Jonathan Martin, Stanford’s left tackle, is chosen at No. 13 by the Arizona Cardinals, giving Stanford three of the top 13 choices in the draft. Yet even then there are other options, including Coby Fleener, who could become the first overall tight end selected off the board.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Riley Reiff Lands With Kansas City Chiefs At No. 11

While it’s not the sexy move up the 2012 NFL Draft order to snag a major quarterback prospect like Robert Griffin III, the way that Peter Schrager at FOX Sports develops his latest mock draft for the Chiefs is likely the team’s best case scenario at the No. 11 spot. That’s because he has Iowa lineman Riley Reiff falling out of the top ten and into Scott Pioli’s lap with the team’s first round choice.

He writes, “There’s an obvious Scott Pioli-Kirk Ferentz connection here, but that link didn’t result in the Chiefs drafting Bryan Bulaga a few years earlier when everyone assumed it would. Reiff’s a tremendously skilled tackle, capable of replacing Barry Richardson at the right tackle in KC’s offense. Reiff is 6-5, 310 pounds and needs to be coached up a bit. At 11th overall, he’s certainly worth the investment.”

Reiff would definitely plug the right side of the line and make the offensive front that much stronger for a team that has a dynamic running game. Replacing Barry Richardson is going to go a long way toward the Chiefs’ offensive success this season, and teaming Reiff with Jon Asamoah would be an exciting proposition for years to come for the Chiefs.

For more on the Chiefs, check out Arrowhead Pride.


NFL Draft 2012: Robert Griffin III Will Require More Than Dwayne Bowe, First Round Choice From Chiefs

When Bill Wiliamson was recently asked in a mailbag column over at ESPN just how much it would cost the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire Robert Griffin III in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, the answer wasn’t good for any Chiefs’ fans hoping the team would land the reigning Heisman winner.

The Chiefs reportedly fell in love with Griffin at the NFL Combine and Romeo Crennel spoke highly of him and said they had a good connection. The Chiefs have also said they’re looking to provide competition at quarterback and Griffin would certainly bring that and more. But the bounty is going to be too much, especially with other teams wanting to bring him in.

Williamson writes, “It’s an interesting thought. I think the Kansas City Chiefs would love to get a chance to take Griffin, but they will have a hard time putting together a winning package. Teams such as the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins will all offer better trades. The Chiefs have the No. 11 pick in the draft and the three other teams all pick higher in the first round. Adding Bowe would sweeten the pot. Still, I’m not sure if a package of Bowe and the No. 11 pick would be enough. The Chiefs would likely have to add, at least, a future first-round pick to the mix. That’s a steep price.”

Two first round choices and their impact wide receiver? That’s just not going to happen from Scott Pioli — not with other holes on the roster and with other options available. If Matt Cassel flops after the team address the offensive line, halfback, defensive tackle and then some, then the team will radically rethink the position next year perhaps. For now, such a move doesn’t make sense unless the deal is right.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Dontari Poe Heads To Chiefs At Rotoworld's Latest

The latest mock draft over at Rotoworld has Evan Silva switching sides for the Kansas City Chiefs, moving from the popular offensive line pick to the defensive line and choosing Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe at No. 11 for the Chiefs in his latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft.

Silva writes, “Opposing C-USA coaches feared Poe only enough to vote him second-team all conference as a junior, but human beings who weigh 346 pounds and move like this one don’t last long on NFL draft boards. Poe is an absolute mammoth of a man with incredible brute strength (Combine-best 44 bench press reps), essentially a bigger, faster version of B.J. Raji with a cleaner off-field history. The interior D-Line is a need spot for Kansas City, as Kelly Gregg is expected to retire.”

If Gregg is gone, that only leaves Jerrell Powe and Anthony Toribio along the line on the roster. The Chiefs are likely going to sign a veteran there as well, but d-lineman seem best suited to play in rotation and few tackles can play all three downs with equal ability. Amon Gordon can help in that way and other ends can also slide inside at times, but having a body like Poe would lock down the position.


NFL Draft 2012: Dontari Poe Could Become Chiefs' Version Of Vince Wilfork

The common sense choice for the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft seems to lean toward an offensive tackle. Barry Richardson has been the starter there and was continually listed among the worst in the league. Now that he’s a free agent, the team has a hole at starter and already suffered from lack of depth. The pick just makes sense for someone like Jonathan Martin or Riley Reiff to fill the role.

But lately the NFL Combine results of Dontari Poe and the additional need of the Chiefs at defensive tackle could alter those plans. Poe was nothing short of a revelation at the recent Combine in Indianapolis, and his measureables have everyone comparing him to the best nose tackles in the business. The Memphis product says he models his game on Casey Hampton, so he could prove too tempting to ignore. Steve Muench says the Chiefs could grab him even as high as No. 11:

It’s understandable that much has been made of the 6-3, 346-pound Poe running a 4.98-second 40-yard dash and bench-pressing 225 pounds 44 times. Those are remarkable numbers, but his 10-yard split (1.63) in the 40 and the foot speed he showed during bag work are even more impressive. Poe is now drawing favorable comparisons to Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata and New England’s Vince Wilfork in terms of size and agility.

He should have plenty of suitors given that Poe is big enough to anchor the middle of a three-man front, and athletic enough to line up at defensive tackle in a four man front. However, he is a raw prospect and might be a better fit for a one-gap scheme that simply asks him to explode upfield, rather than a two-gap scheme that requires him to stay low and control blockers with his hands. The Kansas City Chiefs (No. 11) need help at nose tackle, and Poe is such a unique talent the Chiefs could reach for him even if he isn’t an ideal fit at this point.

The Chiefs currently only have Jerrell Powe, last year’s sixth rounder, and Anthony Toribio on the roster and both are unproven. The team simply must make a move on some level to fortify the position. If Scott Pioli can land his Wilfork of the West, that’d be a difficult addition to pass on.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: Riley Reiff Falls To Chiefs In First Round

In Albert Breer's latest mock draft over at NFL.com, the Kansas City Chiefs finally get their man in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft with Riley Reiff falling to them at No. 11 overall. Typically a mock draft will have Reiff going somewhere in the top 10, just out of reach for the Chiefs since several teams will be looking for help along the offensive line to protect the blind side of the quarterback, starting with Matt Kalil who will likely go at No. 3 overall to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Chiefs are helped in Breer's mock by Ryan Tannehill landing with the Miami Dolphins at No. 8. That knocks another player down the list and gets the Chiefs the player they need the most. Breer writes, "Scott Pioli finally invests to take care of his tackle problem, snagging a Kirk Ferentz-coached player he'll have good intel on"

Reiff is another steady Iowa offensive lineman that the Chiefs hope will turn into another longtime Iowa lineman currently on the team in Casey Wiegmann. If he can plug the hole for a decade at right tackle for the Chiefs, that would be an ideal draft scenario.

For more on the Chiefs, head over to Arrowhead Pride.


NFL Draft 2012: Robert Griffin III Could Warrant Jon Baldwin Trade For Kansas City Chiefs

With recent word that an unexpected mystery team was involved in the Robert Griffin III trade sweepstakes, Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated took a stab at who the teams could potentially bein a recent column. Alongside the Bills, Cowboys and Ravens, the Chiefs were also mentioned and some interesting trade discussions came up concerning the Chiefs very pick from last year’s first round in the NFL Draft.

Burke writes, “Another team that met with Griffin at the combine, thereby at least kicking the tires on this possibility. Kansas City picks 11th, so the Chiefs would have to offer up a trade package even more lucrative than what Cleveland, Washington, Miami or possibly Buffalo could. Maybe they’d have to toss in a worthwhile player too — and since I’m wildly spitballing scenarios, I’ll toss out Jonathan Baldwin as a fit for the receiver-needy Rams if the Chiefs keep Dwayne Bowe in the fold. The hurdles would be numerous for Kansas City to weave its way to the top of the draft, but remember that this is a team far from satisfied with its quarterback situation.”

The Chiefs would certainly have to make it work for the Rams, and throwing out talented young players like Baldwin isn’t a bad guess. That said, the likelihood of this deal is next to none. Burke admits as much that he’s “spitballing” but it’s likely a move that Scott Pioli would not make and it’s also not enough for the No. 2 choice in the draft either.

The Chiefs are going to have to give up a crazy amount of picks or sign and trade one of their franchise options to make this work. The reality is that they are not positioned well to grab Griffin.


NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro Becomes 'Pro Bowl Level' Guard For Chiefs At No. 11

The Kansas City Chiefs are likely going to lock down the offensive line in the first round of the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, and most mock experts are targeting just that. In the first draft after the NFL Combine, Drafftek has the Chiefs taking Stanford guard David DeCastro at No. 11 overall, a very high spot for a guard but a choice most believe might be among the best bets in the entire draft.

Given their needs along the line overall for depth and talent, the pick wouldn’t be too much of a reach for Scott Pioli. The Drafttek report reads:

While OT remains the most likely position to be selected by the Chiefs, there are other options. Consider this, who is the best offensive line prospect in the draft? It may be Matt Kalil or it could be David DeCastro. The problem is, DeCastro plays Guard, a position with less value than Left Tackle. However, DeCastro has an amazing skill set. He is big, strong, and agile, with great fundamentals. He also has that “Merlin approved” mean streak. Plus, his leadership skills are excellent, and coming from Stanford, he is very intelligent.

It is no wonder that he is considered the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson. Essentially, he will lock down a offensive line spot for ten plus years at probably a near Pro Bowl level, at worst. Is that worth the #11 pick in the draft? If Scott Pioli does not like the Offensive Tackles on the board, the answer could very well be ‘Yes’.

If the Chiefs pull the trigger on this, they are still likely to grab a right tackle later in the draft or address it via free agency (perhaps Levi Brown enters the picture). But this would definitely strengthen the line tremendously wherever DeCastro ended up playing.


NFL Draft 2012: Dontari Poe Is Talk Of NFL Combine For Many Teams

In the world of the NFL Combine, it helps if you can hold some extreme title as your own. Whether you’re the biggest, the strongest or the fastest, it helps to stand out in some way. That might even mean having the longest jump, the highest jump, the crispest routes, the best arm or being the most charismatic in the room. The rule seems to be “just stand out.” When it comes to Dontari Poe, it’s clear the defensive tackle obeyed just that for a number of reasons.

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Poe’s size and strength has been called “freakish” by a number of sportswriters and for good reason — it’s hard to categorize exactly what you see in a combination like the Memphis product. Len Pasquarelli writes:

Without question one of the prospects who generated the most buzz at the scouting combine, Poe exhibited such freakish skills that it doesn’t seem to matter now what kind of front is utilized as a “base” defense by the team that selects him. The massive Poe (6-feet-3 1/2, 346 pounds), who registered 44 repetitions in the bench press and clocked a 4.98 time in the 40, demonstrated abilities that translate to the 3-4, for sure, but also displayed that he can clearly play in a 4-3.

Bob Gretz wrote after the NFL Combine that he loved two players more than anyone and his one defensive target in the draft would be Poe:

The other guy I just have to have is on defense: Memphis NT Dontari Poe. Everything about this young man is big. He’s 6-4, 346 pounds, one of the heaviest players at the Combine. His thighs are thick, his calves are thick, and his shoulders are broad. Still, with 346 pounds, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds. That’s remarkable. And he was able to get those 346 pounds 29.5 inches off the ground in the vertical jump.

The Chiefs have a great need at nose tackle as the anchor of their 3-4 defense with the possible retirement of Kelly Gregg and the lack of any other experienced linemen who can handle that consistently. Amon Gordon can certainly play a part. Others will move inside on occasion, but to have Poe in the middle would help tremendously.


NFL Draft 2012: Robert Griffin III Reportedly Has Mystery Team Ready To Trade Up

The latest article from Peter King for Sports Illustrated surveys the land of the quarterback and finds that there are many options to choose from. But when one is as dynamic as Robert Griffin III of Baylor, then teams are still going to clamor to win the rights to select him in the 2012 NFL Draft. King says that among the favorites, there is a mystery team.

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Specifically he writes, “St. Louis is ready to deal its pick, and one NFL source said on Saturday night that the team has already had several feelers—including one from a team ‘you would never expect.’ Most likely trade-up partners: Cleveland (picking fourth), Washington (sixth) and Miami (eighth). It’s likely the Rams will get the highest compensation ever for a draft choice that wasn’t the first overall: at least two picks in the first round plus another.”

Given that the Chiefs were quite enamored with Griffin at the NFL Combine last weekend and their longing to shake up the quarterback spot at least a bit, is it possible that the Chiefs are team kicking the tires on Griffin? It would seem too high a price to pay for Scott Pioli considering how much the Chiefs GM loves his draft assets. Then again, that would easily fit the “unexpected” category thrown out there.

It’s all guesswork at this point, but that’s what makes this time of year so much fun. The thought of a talent like Griffin at the helm of a Chiefs offense that already features so many playmakers is quite exciting in itself.

For more on the Chiefs, check out Arrowhead Pride.


Washington Redskins Reportedly Ready To Pay The Piper For Robert Griffin III In 2012 NFL Draft

The St. Louis Rams have already made it known that they are going to dangle the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out there for the highest bidder. Now at least one team is reportedly ready to roll up their sleeves and get it done for Robert Griffin III. The Washington Post’s Mike Jones is reporting that the Redskins are prepared to pay the high price to grab the draft’s most dynamic athlete.

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Jones is reporting that the Skins are prepping to deal several draft picks to the Rams in the hopes of landing Griffin. It’s unknown at this time how other teams rumored to be interested in Griffin — like the Browns, Seahawks and Chiefs — will respond. Jones writes:

The Washington Redskins are prepared to part with two first-round draft picks, plus other selections in the early and middle rounds, to secure the St. Louis Rams’ No. 2 pick in April’s draft and land Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

The Rams are said to be seeking compensation similar to what the San Diego Chargers received from the New York Giants in exchange for Eli Manning in 2004. That year, the Chargers drafted Manning first overall. The Giants sent their fourth overall pick, the following year’s first-round pick, and their 2004 third- and fifth-round picks to San Diego for the quarterback who has since led New York to two Super Bowl victories.

If the Rams get that kind of a haul for Griffin, it will be very difficult to turn down. Jeff Fisher has to be salivating over landing several new players for his team, and this is the best way to restock a roster in need. As for the Skins, there’s no price too high for a franchise-changing quarterback, so if they believe enough then they should go for it.

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