NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi ranked the Kansas City Chiefs selection of Jeff Allen with the 44th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft as the top value pick of the event, excluding the first round picks. Here is what Lombardi had to say about the Allen pick.
"The ex-Illinois grinder can play multiple positions along the offensive line. He is tough, smart and will be a starter soon."
The Chiefs may have landed on a gem along the offensive line, but the issue is still pointing toward who Allen would be protecting. If Matt Cassel is indeed the guy of the present and the future, he going to need quite a bit of help in protection and Allen appears to be the guy who can fill a major role there.