For every Kansas City Chiefs fan who does not want Ryan Tannehill to be the team’s selection in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports has some good news for you. In his latest two-round mock, Kirwan has the Chiefs solidifying the lines on both sides of the ball with some of the best available talent in the draft in Fletcher Cox and Peter Konz.
With the first choice in Cox, the Chiefs would add a ready-made defensive tackle who had 14.5 tackles for loss last year for Mississippi State. Kirwan writes, “Coaches love the way Cox plays football. Chiefs coach Romeo Crenel is a former defensive line coach. There may be a guy or two with more potential, but Cox is ready now.”
As for Konz, he’s typically regarded as the best center prospect in the draft, which means Rodney Hudson’s versatility comes in handy here. Kirwan writes, “He slipped down draft boards because of strength limitations. That can be fixed in an NFL weight room. He has the intelligence and technique to play early. There were times on tape when I felt he could really struggle with NFL nose tackles early in his career.”
If the Chiefs can add such significant talent on both sides of the ball, they would definitely come out with a successful 2012 draft class. They would also be much more likely to please the legion of fans who seem to loathe any thought of reaching for a quarterback.