NFL Draft 2012: Luke Kuechly Seems Like A Logical Chiefs Pick

When examining players that the Kansas City Chiefs could be interested in during the NFL draft, we usually have a few qualities in mind: High character guy. High floor. Safe. Fundamentally strong. That's now always how GM Scott Pioli drafts (see the 2011 NFL draft) but those are the types of players that the Chiefs like to bring in, and have consistently brought in over three years.

When applying those qualities to the 2012 NFL draft, I keep coming back to Boston College LB Luke Kuechly. He just seems like a Pioli type of pick. Via CBS Sports:

"He might be the safest player in the draft, to be honest with you," one high-level scout said. "You look at his stats and you think there is no way that he can be in on that many tackles but when you watch the tape, he is. Just an incredibly instinctive player who is always around the action. I'm not so sure he's going to test well or fits in every scheme, but he's a hell of a player who can be the quarterback of your defense for the next 10 years because of his leadership and preparation."

The Chiefs are drafting 11th or 12th so Kuechly will probably be there (nothing's guaranteed, though). Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have both mocked Kuechly to KC.

I'd throw Kuechly into the pile of players the Chiefs could be considering in April.

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