As the 2012 NFL Draft begins tomorrow night, mock drafts are sprouting up everywhere and even full-length ones are beginning to become standard works as the draft approaches. Russ Lande of Sporting News is the latest to unveil his, and he has the Chiefs addressing offensive line in the first round with David DeCastro out of Stanford after wrangling over another unexpected choice.
He writes, “The brass debates between nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu and DeCastro, but in the end goes with the safer choice in DeCastro.” Ta’amu is an impressive defensive tackle who actually goes in the second round in most mock drafts, so Lande is obviously higher on him than others. The Chiefs could use help along the interior of both lines, so it wouldn’t be surprising to address either position. However, Ta’amu is a new name to enter the picture.
Lande ultimately has Ta’amu falling to No. 24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers who take the Washington tackle to replace Casey Hampton in the middle.
As for the other rounds, Lande has the Chiefs taking cornerback Brandon Boykin of Georgia in the second round and defensive tackle Tydreke Powell of North Carolina in the third.