For a while it was Jonathan Martin making the rounds. Then it became Riley Reiff. Lately it has been Mike Adams. Either way, it's clear that most mock drafters for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft believe the Kansas City Chiefs need to take care of the offensive tackle position in the draft's first round. Given the sorry state of quality tackles via free agency, that's a good guess for a team that needs to replace Barry Richardson on the right side.
With the choice of Mike Adams in Drafttek's latest six round mock, the Chiefs would definitely take care of that bookend opposite Branden Albert:
QB is still a high priority for the Chiefs. However, there isn't a quarterback worth taking at this spot. The sim has been bouncing among tackles Rieff, Martin and Mike Adams with good reason. Along with quarterback, offensive tackle is one of the biggest need areas on the Chiefs. At 6' 8" 320 lbs, Adams has the frame to play either tackle position in the NFL. His footwork is very good, though he can get lost in space when zone blocking. Adams showed very well at the Senior Bowl and appears to have overcome his off the field issues at Ohio State to overtake Jonathan Martin as an OT prospect.
He has prototypical size and strength for a NFL caliber left tackle. As a rookie, he would probably displace Barry Richardson at right tackle. With good development, he could challenge Branden Albert for the left tackle job, moving Albert to left guard. With this move, the Chiefs add another high quality offensive lineman to go with Branden Albert, Rodney Hudson and Jon Asamoah.
It's' quite exciting to think of a Chiefs offensive front anchored by such size and youth.