With the 2012 NFL Draft finally in sight at less than a month away, it's time to try to take in the Chiefs' entire draft class. Several mock drafts are now going beyond the first round, so it made sense to try to piece together how Scott Pioli's fourth draft haul might look as a group. I tried to address needs while also getting good value for the Chiefs in this first mock, so here's our Chiefs Mock Draft 1.0.
1st Round - 11th Overall - LB Luke Kuechly - Boston College - 6'3" 242 lbs
With offensive tackle no longer seen as a glaring need, the Chiefs are able to select one of the safest players in the Draft. Kuechly was highly productive linebacker at Boston College, and someone who can slide in Day 1 and play for the next 10-15 years. Kuechly didn't have many questions entering the Draft process, but some analysts/scouts questioned his athleticism. Those questions were answered at the Combine when he displayed not only his straight line speed, but change-of-direction skills. After checking off athleticism, there aren't many other questions regarding Luke Kuechly. He'd be a really solid pick at No. 11, and is similar to Jerod Mayo who was picked No. 10 overall by the Patriots when Scott Pioli was there.
2nd Round - 44th Overall - OT Mitchell Schwartz - California - 6'5" 318 lbs
Mitchell Schwartz was a player I mentioned when I detailed OT options for the Chiefs in the upcoming draft. Schwartz is a very solid pick, and adds some depth the OL as well as insurance for the Chiefs if Brandon Albert moves on after the season. As I mentioned in the piece, Schwartz is an extremely underrated player in the Draft. He is a blue-collar guy who is solid in both run and pass protection. He would be a solid addition in the second round, a guy who could end up playing for the Chiefs for a long time.
3rd Round - 74th Overall - DT Josh Chapman - Alabama - 6'1" 316 lbs
Chapman would fill a need here for the Chiefs. With Kelly Gregg possibly retiring and getting older as it is, the nose tackle position is a clear need for the Chiefs. They are able to address that here and at a good value. Chapman is one of the better run defenders in the class, and has great strength at the point of attack. He played a portion of Alabama's last season on a torn ACL, showing incredible toughness and also providing a reason for his sub-par play down the stretch. Chapman would provide a logical fit at a good place in the draft here.
4th Round - 107th Overall - WR Jarius Wright - Arkansas - 5'10" 182 lbs
Jarius Wright would add some depth at wide receiver. Wright is a burner who also has quickness and agility to get in and out of cuts. He is a slot WR type in the NFL, with an ability to use his speed to also work outside the numbers. Wright also adds value in the return game, making him a valuable player beyond his offensive contributions.
5th Round - 146th Overall - CB Donnie Fletcher - Boston College - 6'0" 201 lbs
Fletcher would provide some depth in the secondary for the Chiefs, as well as someone who has the ability to contribute on special teams. Fletcher is an experienced player with size and decent technique. Fletcher is an aggressive player who won't shy away from physical play. He lacks great physical tools, but he will fit in nicely for a team as a 3rd or 4th CB, as he continues to improve.
6th Round - 182nd Overall - OG Ryan Miller - Colorado - 6'7" 321 lbs
Miller is a versatile OL who has experience playing both at OT and OG. He can add some depth on the offensive line where the Chiefs desperately need it, and potentially become a starter down the line. His likely fit in the NFL will come at OG, but he can fill a back-up role at OT.
7th Round - 218th Overall - S Matt Daniels - Duke - 6'0" 215 lbs
Daniels is a tough, hard-nosed player. He will likely find his home on special teams in the NFL, as he is a good, sure tackler, but also a player that lacks coverage skills needed to be a starter in the league. Daniels is an average athlete with average size who doesn't offer a ton of upside, but could make a team for what he contributes on special teams as well as the depth he provides at safety.
7th Round - 238th Overall - DL Mike Daniels - Iowa - 6'0" 291 lbs
Mike Daniels is a tough, blue-collar player out of Iowa. He is below average as far as physical tools go, but is a technically sound, well-coached football player. His motor never stops, and he could make a living as a situational, rotational backup player along the defensive line. He may never make it in the league, but he is someone you take a shot on in the seventh round, because of the effort, intensity and hard work he brings every time he steps on the field.
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