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.

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