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NFL Draft Rumors: Mark Barron, Fletcher Cox Among Rising Prospects

As the Kansas City Chiefs sit at that pivotal No. 11 position in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, it's important to pay attention to certain stocks of players to see who could be available at that position and who could drop out of the top ten. It's hard to tell who is falling right now, but someone will have to make room for two players rising fast: Mark Barron, the safety from Alabama, and Fletcher Cox, the defensive lineman from Mississippi State.

Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline has both players moving up fast and likely into the draft's top ten. About Mark Barron, he writes, "Barron stands head and shoulders above any safety in this draft, and teams believe his talents have been understated. He was once pigeonholed exclusively at strong safety, but more and more decision-makers feel Barron can handle the duties of free safety. He's presently rated as the draft's sixth-best player on a number of boards around the league."

As for Fletcher Cox, Pauline writes, "Several NFL teams have privately stated they believe Cox will be the best defensive player to come from the 2012 draft. Teams continue to fall in love with his versatility and potential. Cox could end up as a top-six choice."

The Chiefs could be a candidate for either player if they fall outside of the top ten. However, both are more likely to knock someone else down for the team to consider.

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