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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Todd McShay Has Chiefs Selecting Luke Kuechly At No. 12

Most Chiefs fans will want the team to plug its hole at right tackle via the NFL Draft’s first round if they can do so, but Luke Kuechly is a name linked quite often to the Chiefs in various mocks for the 2012 NFL Draft. Todd McShay is following suit in his second mock of the NFL off-season and says he’s a good fit for the Chiefs secondary needs.

McShay writes, “Bigger holes exist along the offensive line and at nose tackle, but Kuechly is clearly the best player on the board at this point. He would give new coach Romeo Crennel the kind of leadership and production Tedy Bruschi provided for the New England defenses Crennel coached in the early 2000s. Kuechly shows rare instincts and is a healthier version of current Cowboys standout Sean Lee.”

That last bit is what counts most. Sean Lee was very impressive as an instant impact player with high intelligence on the field for the Cowboys in his first two seasons. Last year he had 105 tackles with 4 interceptions. Such coverage skills would be great for the Chiefs in the middle.