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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