Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Luke Kuechly heads a strong incoming mock draft class that would bring depth and stability to the Chiefs roster.
As the 2012 NFL Draft approaches, the Kansas City Chiefs have a lot of options for not only their first round pick but their overall direction in each round. The team made some significant move to shore up several problem areas, which allows them to really take the best player available to them in each instance. While it would not surprise anyone to see the Chiefs trade out of a certain draft slot, here's my second take on what the Chiefs draft haul might look like.
1st Round - 11th Overall - MLB Luke Kuechly - Boston College - 6'3" 242 lbs.
In my first Chiefs mock, I had the Chiefs selecting Kuechly, and I have them selecting him again here. This time around, there was a little more debate between Kuechly and Stanford guard David Decastro. Ultimately, I feel that the second round has some depth in the interior offensive line, and a safe, 10-year starter like Kuechly is too good to pass up.
Jovan Belcher is a solid player for the Chiefs at ILB, but he's definitely at a position that could use an upgrade. Kuechly is as safe a player as there is in this draft. He was highly productive at Boston College, has good athleticism, and is a great coverage linebacker. He is a leader, a hard worker, and is everything you could want when making your first pick. You really can't go wrong with Kuechly or DeCastro here, but ultimately I feel Kuechly is the pick.
2nd Round - 44th Overall - OG Amini Silatolu - Midwestern State - 6'4" 311 lbs.
In round two, the Chiefs get much needed help along the offensive line. Silatolu is an underrated player in this draft, who can be a really good player in the NFL for a very long time. Silatolu is a big, physical offensive lineman with a strong punch and possesses some nastiness as a player. In college, Silatolu played left tackle so he also possesses some athleticism for a man his size. He is a player that still could have his best football ahead of him, which is promising for a team that drafts him.
3rd Round - 74th Overall -- NT Josh Chapman -- Alabama -- 6'1" 316 lbs.
This is another pick that remains the same from my first mock. Chapman is one of the better 3-4 nose tackle prospects in this class, a need for the Chiefs. Chapman is a plus run defender who can hold up at the point of attack vs. double teams. Chapman is a real good fit in the Chiefs defense, and would provide depth along the defensive line. Chapman is a future starting NT in a 3-4 that provides good value here in the 3rd.
4th Round - 107th Overall - CB DeQuan Menzie - Alabama - 5'11" 202 lbs.
Menzie has been described been more than a few analysts as one of the best slot cornerbacks in the Draft. Menzie will add depth to the KC secondary as well as provide special teams value for the team. Menzie isn't a great athlete but he is good enough, and is good in short areas. With the NFL becoming a passing league, Menzie will be of great value at the next level.
5th Round - 146th Overall - QB B.J. Coleman - Chattanooga - 6'3" 232 lbs.
Coleman is a player that has an NFL skill set to along with an NFL's body. Coleman is smart and a hard worker, he needs work on his drops and reads but that will come with time in an NFL system. He is a player that can be had in the later rounds, but could eventually become a starter with development. At worst, Coleman will be a capable back-up in the NFL for a long time. For now, Coleman's a low risk pick that could pay dividends if he reaches his full potential.
6th Round - 182nd Overall - OT Andrew Datko - Florida State - 6'6" 315 lbs.
Datko is an offensive lineman who suffered through some nagging injuries in his time at Florida State. Datko has the talent to be a good offensive lineman in this league and could provide depth for the Chiefs early in his career. If he stays healthy, Datko has starter potential at the next level and could prove to be solid value this late in the Draft.
7th Round - 218th Overall - WR Chris Owusu - Stanford - 6'0" 196 lbs.
Chris Owusu is an extremely talented player who was one of Andrew Luck's top targets at Stanford. The only reason that Owusu isn't a 3rd-4th round selection is because of his concussion history, which may put him in jeopardy of being drafted. Personally, I'd take a chance on him. It's a low risk pick in Round 7 that could prove to be worth it. Owusu is smart, a good route runner and has the physical tools that say he should be good at the next level. If he is able to move past the concussion issues, he could be a great pick and a good player the next level.
7th Round - 238th Overall - DT DaJohn Harris - USC - 6'3" 306 lbs.
With the Chiefs last pick they look to add a potential depth piece along the DL. Harris is a player with prototypical size and can play inside in nickel situations and DE in the 3-4. With that said Harris is widely inconsistent, flashing on one play and then disappearing for the rest of the series. There is no denying he has some talent to work with, but whether he will work to refine his technique and continue to work hard and improve his motor, remains to be seen.