Sometimes the possible selections for the 2012 NFL Draft can become overanalyzed. Mel Kiper keeps it simple for the Kansas City Chiefs in his latest mock draft at ESPN. He has their biggest need as guard along the offensive line, and David DeCastro is the elite player available in this year’s draft. Thus, one plus one equals the right answer in this one.
Kiper writes, “I have guard down as a top need for the Chiefs, and DeCastro will fix that problem immediately. This is as elite as you’ll get from this position. He’s the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson, and is the kind of player who improves your running game overnight. Not a tough call.”
The Chiefs have Ryan Lilja, Rodney Hudson and Jon Asamoah lightly penciled in at this point on the roster along the offensive interior. Lilja has admitted publicly that he’s aware he did not play that well last season. The Chiefs have already upgraded the right tackle position from Barry Richardson to Eric Winston in free agency, so the line is already much better than the 2011 edition.
The addition of DeCastro would certainly make an already solid line even more amazing since he’s commonly called the best guard to come out in years. However it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs brass agrees that guard is a position of highest need on the team or whether they go with an impact player at an impact position.