A new edition of SB Nation's 2012 NFL mock draft is out and to little surprise they have the Kansas City Chiefs selecting an offensive tackle -- Jonathan Martin out of Stanford. This of course would be a Barry Richardson replacement.
Here's what they said:
What a break for the Chiefs to get Martin with this pick. Martin represents a major upgrade to their offensive line, replacing Barry Richardson. This pick, along with the healthy return of Jamaal Charles and a handful of other key players lost in 2011, could have the Chiefs back in the running for the AFC West.
Can't argue with this pick. It seems like ever since the Chiefs let John Tait walk there's been a hole at right tackle. We know the offensive line is a focal point for the Chiefs this offseason, whether that be via the draft or free agency.
I do think offensive tackle, specifically right tackle, will be among the Chiefs top needs when the NFL draft hits in late April. But it's also possible they take care of that need in free agency. That's the thing to remember when talking about these mock drafts -- free agency hasn't come yet. Things can and will change by the end of March.