The 2011 Chiefs season has been over for two weeks now and it is about that time to start talking about the 2012 NFL Draft. The Chiefs this year have either the 11th pick or the 12th pick in the first round and I think thats great. The Chiefs are in great position to draft a variety of players including: Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, Stanford offensive guard David DecCastro, and now the new name that has came up Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. I have just realized that Dre Kirkpatrick could be the best option for the Chiefs in the first round, with many benefits that would work out well with the Chiefs. This is a list of the 3 reasons and advantages the Chiefs should draft Dre Kirkpatrick in the first round.
The Chiefs go into the 2012 offseason with two players with used up contracts, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and cornerback Brandon Carr. The Chiefs could draft Kirkpatrick and save their money that could potentially be used on Carr and use it on a different free agent. The Chiefs would then sign Dwayne Bowe to a long-term deal which should be the Chiefs' top priority of the offseason.
2. There is plenty of offensive linemen available in the draft and free-agency
Many Chiefs fans want the Chiefs to draft either offensive tackle Jonathan Martin from Stanford or offensive guard David DeCastro from Stanford. The Chiefs should skip those two linemen and instead draft Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler in the second round. Zeitler is one of the most underrated players in this years draft and it would be a steal to grab him in the second round. If the Chiefs don't want Zietler they could use that money they didn't spend on Carr and use it on New Orleans Guard Carl Nicks whom is a free-agent.
3. Kirkpatrick is 6'3 and would help cover those big AFC West receivers
Dre Kirkpatrick will be one of the tallest defensive backs in the league and the Chiefs play a division with some of the tallest receivers in the league. The Chiefs need help covering the big receivers in the AFC West like: 6'5 Malcolm Floyd, 6'5 Vincent Jackson, 6'2 Darrius Heyward-Bay, and even 6'3 Demaryius Thomas. The Chiefs would be left with a 5'9 Brandon Flowers and a 5'9 Javier Arenas covering those receivers if they don't figure out what they are going to do in the draft or with Brandon Carr.