As the Kansas City Chiefs head into the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, tonight's second and third rounds will bring at least another couple of players to the Chiefs to add overall depth and hopefully another starter or two depending on the position. Thus far, the team has grabbed Dontari Poe at the No. 11 selection, staying put near the top of the draft while everyone else was trading. Mel Kiper believes tonight will bring a wide receiver to the Chiefs in Alshon Jeffery.
Kiper praises him as a great red zone target, and the South Carolina wideout had 8 touchdowns catches last season. Overall he caught 49 passes for 762 yards in 2011, a drop in production after a great 2010 season due to a change in quarterback. In 2010, he caught 88 catches for 1,517 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also has a solid build at 6-3, 216 lbs to go with a great vertical leap.
The National Football Post's Wes Bunting doesn't like him nearly as much, however, and says there are cause for concern with his game. He writes:
Overall, Jeffery looks like a more dynamic version of Seahawks wide out Mike Williams who will be limited in the routes he can run (fade, slant, post, corner) at the next level. But can still be successful as the "Z" receiver where he will be put in motion and used a lot in two man routes with the tight end running vertical and adjusting to the throw. However, he's never going to be overly productive due to his inability to separate consistently of his breaks.
Other receivers are available this round include Rueben Randle of LSU and Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech, but every skill position player at this point comes with some areas of concern. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs add someone to the wideout corps given the Dwayne Bowe contract situation that looms.