If there’s one position the Kansas City Chiefs seem fairly loaded at, it’s the one with one of the AFC’s best pass rushers and the team’s defensive MVP. The Chiefs linebacking corps is one of their strengths with both Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson manning one side and Justin Houston emerging on the outside opposite Hali. However, the other linebacker slot does need upgrading and Jesse Bartolis thinks the perfect candidate could drop into their lap in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Luke Kuechly is a dynamic playmaker from Boston College slated to go off of the board around the top 10 or 15 in most mock drafts, which makes him perfectly slotted for the Chiefs pick at No. 11 or 12, depending on the great coin flip to make the determination. While there might be other needs for the Chiefs, it could make the right value pick.
Bartolis writes, “Perfect fit, I think for the Chiefs. Although an upgrade at LT might be ideal, this pick would be a solid one. Hali, Johnson, Kuechly, Houston become one of the best linebacker corps in the entire league. With the return of Berry next year the Chiefs could potentially have the best back seven in all of football (8 for a 34 team I guess). Now that front 3 could use some help.”