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2011 NFL Mock Drafts Say Chiefs Go Offensive Tackle

The latest 2011 NFL Mock Draft from SB Nation has the Chiefs solidifying a position that's already proven quite capable, taking Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi at the No. 21 spot in the NFL Draft's first round.The Kansas City Chiefs led the NFL in rushing last season behind a line that many writers deemed subpar before the 2010 campaign began. By season's end, many opinions of Branden Albert and company had changed, and the additions of Casey Wiegmann and Ryan Lilja proved positive.

Age concerns still linger, however, given Wiegmann's possible retirement (he has yet to officially announce). Brian Waters is 34-years-old and despite a recent Pro Bowl nod, there are concerns about his continued success. Right tackle would never be mistaken for a dominant spot on the roster, even though Barry Richardson stepped in and provided a serviceable job. Last year's third rounder Jon Asamoah remains as future help, so that's a start, but the Chiefs might have more holes here than some people think.

This is why SB Nation's Brian Galliford writes, "Phil Taylor is a very popular projection to the Chiefs, but it's tough to envision Scott Pioli liking Taylor's tape enough to take him this early. Carimi's as NFL-ready as they come at tackle, and could solidify the Chiefs' already-solid line immediately."

With Carimi stepping in on other side, the Chiefs immediately become more formidable against a much tougher schedule in 2011. A center is also needed, although lower round choices often yield starters at the position. If the Chiefs go with offensive lineman in the NFL Draft, some might scratch their heads given the rushing success, but a closer look reveals just how needed this might be.