We now have the final 2011 NFL mock drafts from the two top dogs in the draft business. You can view NFL Network Mike Mayock's mock draft here and ESPN's Mel Kiper has now released his final mock draft.
After sending LB Akeem Ayers to Kansas City in several versions of his mock drafts, Kiper settles on Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi at the 21st pick.
The Chiefs have a need here and if they want to get back to that power running game that's defined them over the years, and Carimi is a safe pick. Todd Haley will like a player with his versatility and power and the Chiefs have an immediate plug-and-play. Carimi has gone up against some of the best and handled them. Scott Pioli runs a good show, and this is a smart pick as they continue to build a team on the rise.
When I talked with Carimi this morning, the idea of being able to play immediately was one of the assets he mentioned. He says he ran a pro-style offense at Wisconsin and understands the NFL terminology. If that's what the Chiefs are looking for then that's something I think he can provide.
The Carimi pick comes in the middle of a little run on offensive tackles. Kiper has the New York Giants selecting OT Anthony Castonzo with the 19th pick, the Chiefs selecting Carimi at the 21st pick and the Indianapolis Colts taking OT Nate Solder with the 22nd pick.
Here are a few notes on Mel Kiper's big board.