It appears the offensive tackle is the hottest property at this stage leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft. That’s bad news for the Kansas City Chiefs is that they will choose at either the No. 11 or 12 spot in the first round, meaning the best players will be gone. Todd McShay of ESPN says that Riley Reiff, for example, is headed to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 3 in his latest mock. That’s a long way from falling to the Chiefs as he’s done in many mocks.
McShay writes, “The Vikings desperately need offensive weapons to help young QB Christian Ponder, but they also need to better protect their investment in Ponder. Reiff needs to get stronger, but he is an underrated athlete with the potential to become a very good starting left tackle in the NFL.”
Multiple teams need help against overwhelming young pass rushers like Jason Pierre Paul and Aldon Smith among others. The Chiefs will definitely need that in a division that features the Broncos’ significant pass rush of Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. But they might have to reach for a player they do not want.