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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Luke Kuechly To Tampa Bay Buccaneers In Todd McShay's Latest

For all of the debate that the Kansas City Chiefs will have to choose between safe options like David DeCastro at guard or Luke Kuechly at linebacker in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday night, Todd McShay’s latest mock makes it a non-issue. That’s because McShay has vaulted Kuechly higher than anyone else in his latest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 5, according to Evan Silva.

It’s an interesting jump that makes sense in many ways, considering the top linebacker has come off the board around that spot in years past. Rolando McClain fell to No. 8. A.J. Hawk and Aaron Curry were both top-five picks as well. Kuechly grades as well as any of those guys, or even better, so the Bucs could jump on that for sure.

However, it is considered a new development since Kuechly often fell to the Chiefs in most mock drafts or even lower than that to the middle of the first round. That means that one of the big defensive linemen are bound to fall, or perhaps the Chiefs could go Stephon Gilmore.

Read more about the Kansas City Chiefs draft rumors at SB Nation's blog Arrowhead Pride.