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.