The Kansas City Chiefs have already solidified their offensive line considerably with the addition of Eric Winston. It’s a move that bolsters Jon Asamoah on the right side and should make everyone better overall. However, that might not be the only move the Chiefs make in an effort to protect Matt Cassel and enhance the running game. In Drafttek’s latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chiefs select David DeCastro in the first round at the No. 11 position.
If DeCastro goes that high, he will be the second Stanford player taken in the top 11 after Andrew Luck goes to the Indianapolis Colts with the first overall selection. Even more, offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and tight end Coby Fleener are also first-round picks in this mock — giving the Stanford Cardinal four overall first rounders.
As for the Chiefs, DeCastro would certainly help make their offensive front among the best in the business. The Drafttek report reads:
Are the Chiefs blowing smoke by visiting with Michael Brockers and working out Ryan Tannehilll? The Chiefs choices still seem to come down to Dontari Poe, the massive athletic NT, David DeCastro the stud guard or will they take Luke Kuechly, the smart tackling machine linebacker? The money bet is DeCastro. He is the best Guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson and will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years, more than likely at a multiple Pro Bowl level.
If the Chiefs have a front line of Branden Albert, DeCastro, Rodney Hudson, Asamoah and Winston, the jump in total offense would likely be substantive. That’s good news after a near last-place finish in the NFL last season in the category. While the team could go other directions, tapping into the Stanford pipeline would be a great move for the team.