The 2011 NFL Draft is just less than one week away and the Kansas City Chiefs have almost the perfect spot for them to draft a player. With the 21st overall pick the Chiefs have so many options they could go with; nose tackle Phil Taylor, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, defensive end J.J. Watt, Center Mike Pouncey, and 6'8 offensive tackles Gabe Carimi and Nate Solder. The best part of having the 21st pick is that all those players I just listed will likely be available.
Round 1, Pick 21: Offensive Tackle Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
At this point in the draft Gabe Carimi is the safest pick in the draft for the Chiefs. Gabe Carimi would replace right tackle Barry Richardson whom is a solid run blocker, but lacks pass blocking ability. Carimi is a monster standing 6'8 and weighing 315 pounds, he has the arm length and footwork to be a good pass blocker and pulling ability to be a mauler run blocker. Plus Gabe Carimi was a team captain for the Badgers something that Scott Pioli looks for in a player and that trait is good leadership.
Round 2, Pick 55: Wide Receiver Leonard Hankerson, Miami
Leonard Hankerson is not worthy of a first round pick and that is why the Chiefs will be able to snag him in the second round. Hankerson set record receiving numbers as a senior for the Hurricanes catching 72 passes for over 1000 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hankerson is inconsistent though he had trouble throughout his college career dropping balls. Out of all the players in the NFL Leonard Hankerson reminds me exactly of Dwayne Bowe; a big tall receiver with drop problems.
Round 3, Pick 86: Nose Tackle Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
By the time Chiefs have their choice of players at the 86th overall pick Jerrell Powe will likely be the best player on the board and most logical pick for Kansas City. Powe is a poor mans version of New England nose tackle Vince Wilfork. Jerrell Powe has almost identical size to Vince Wilfork both players stand 6'2 and weigh over 325 pounds. Powe could compete with Ron Edwards for the starting nose tackle spot which would be an interesting battle to see.
Round 4, Pick 118: Quarterback Ricki Stanzi, Iowa
In the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft the Kansas City Chiefs will select their replacement for Brodie Croyle. Croyle showed us in 2010 he can not be a reliable backup to Matt Cassel as well as not being able to play at a high level when put in Cassel's shoes. Ricki Stanzi would be the perfect fit for the Chiefs, Stanzi had a well accomplished college career that could potentially translate into the NFL.
Round 5, Pick 135: Fullback Owen Marecic, Stanford
The Chiefs are the best running team in football, but have been thin at fullback since Tony Richardson's departure after the 2005 season. The Chiefs could pickup the best fullback in the draft in the fifth round in Marecic. Owen Marecic was the only division 1 football player in 2010 to start both offense and defense so you know Marecic works hard, something Todd Haley looks for in his players.
Round 5, Pick 140: Center Tim Barnes, Missouri
With not many other options at this point in the draft the Chiefs will select a local center product from Missouri in Tim Barnes. Casey Wiegmann said its a 50-50 chance he will come back in 2011, I think Wiegmann will comeback and be the starting center. Barnes could provide some some depth as well as learn what its like to be a center in the NFL from humble veteran Wiegmann.
Round 6, Pick 199: Outside Linebacker Ugo Chinasa, Oklahoma State
The Chiefs need a replacement for Mike Vrabel and a backup for Andy Studebaker. If there is a 2011 season I see the Chiefs giving Andy Studebaker the starting job in place of aging veteran Mike Vrabel. Studebaker showed strides in both the 2009 season and 2010 season. Drafting Ugo Chinasa could provide some depth at outside linebacker. At 6'5 260 pounds, Chinasa is a project converting from defensive end to linebacker.
Round 7, Pick 223: Running Back Evan Royster, Penn State
At one point a year or two ago a mock draft I had read had Evan Royster getting picked in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft to the Chiefs. Royster stayed another year in college and his draft stock dropped like a bomb. Royster could compete with 3rd string back Jackie Battle and if Thomas Jones slows down more then Royster could at most be the backup to Jamaal Charles.