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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Boost Defense By Selecting Linebacker Luke Kuechly In First Round

When it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs, mock drafts have been varied. Different analysts have selected offensive linemen, defensive linemen and linebackers for the Chiefs with their first-round pick. In Sports Illustrated's latest mock draft, put together by Don Banks, the Chiefs get this year's best inside linebacker, Boston College's Luke Kuechly.

With Eric Winston signed during free agency, the Chiefs' top priority of finding a new starter at right offensive tackle has been addressed. That shifts the first-round spotlight on either inside linebacker, or the nose tackle slot. With Dontari Poe and Michael Brockers already selected, we're putting the Chiefs and Kuechly together, with the knowledge that K.C. general manager Scott Pioli was never known to over-value inside linebackers in the draft.

With Kuechly next to pro bowlers from the 2011 season, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, the Chiefs would have an extremely talented group of linebackers that could transform the defense into a top-10 unit.

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