With the 44th pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chief selected Illinois Fighting Illini offensive tackle Jeff Allen. He is the No. 12-rated offensive tackle prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft, according to Mocking The Draft's rankings. The 6-foot-4, 306-pound lineman was a team captain at Illinois, and according to his scouting report on Mocking The Draft, he has good enough athleticism and quickness to be an NFL tackle, but he isn't always physical enough at the point of attack.
The Kansas City Chiefs had trouble protecting their quarterbacks last season. They lost Matt Cassel to injury and have been looking to upgrade the offensive line all offseason.The Chiefs next pick is at No. 74.