Despite the run on offensive linemen in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs front office apparently got the guy they wanted in Illinois guard/tackle Jeff Allen. The versatile lineman was one of several taken right in a row, but Scott Pioli said they were targeting him all along and even refused to pick up the phone when it was their turn. They were not going to be swayed by any trade talks.
"We started talking to people about possibly moving up because we knew we wanted Jeff Allen," Pioli said. "Then tackles started going and we were saying, ‘OK, he’s going to go at some point in time,’ but we saw some of the prices that people were asking and it was like, ‘Whoa, wait a second here. Yesterday there were people moving in the first round not even looking for that.’
"So, we had some conversations about possibly moving up, then when we were on the clock, we got a couple of calls. I didn’t even pick up the phone the pick where we took Jeff."
Allen will help provide some depth and even push for playing time with Jon Asamoah and Ryan Lilja at guard. He’s versatile enough to play tackle on both sides, but it’s likely he’ll be an interior lineman for the Chiefs for years to come.
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