The climax of NFL free-agency is now over and the Chiefs have fixed many holes on their roster. The Chiefs' signings this free-agency have completely changed the way the Chiefs are going to draft now. For example, the Chiefs are now unlikely to draft an offensive tackle in the first round with the signing of Eric Winston. And even the signing of Peyton Hillis completely shatters the chances of drafting Trent Richardson, or drafting a running back in general within the first 3 to 5 rounds. The Chiefs have made some great signings and with the spot they are picking at 11th overall, they can virtually do whatever they want. The Chiefs could go offense or defense at their draft spot, looking at the Chiefs roster the only really alarming hole is nose tackle and I expect the Chiefs to do whatever they can to improve that.
1. Dontari Poe: Nose Tackle, Memphis
The Chiefs failed to sign a nose tackle this free-agency and with Kelly Gregg getting up there in age, nose tackle is by far the biggest hole on the Chiefs' roster. Before the combine Poe was rated as second round prospect, but became the star of the combine. Poe is a pure athlete and freak of nature. Poe is 6'4 and weighs 345 pounds and was the strongest man at the combine as well as running a a 40 under 5 seconds, which is incredible for a man his size. Poe is a high risk high reward type player just because of his stats. Poe never posted mind blowing numbers in college, but his athleticism and work ethic is too impressive to pass up. In my opinion Poe is the best nose tackle prospect since B.J. Raji and the Chiefs need to do everything they can to secure their "B.J. Raji" in Dontari Poe, in this April's draft.
2. David DeCastro: Offensive Guard, Stanford
The Chiefs solidified their offensive line with signing offensive tackle Eric Winston this offseason, but they could draft DeCastro and make their offensive line elite. David DeCastro is the real deal and is one of the best interior linemen to enter the draft in years. If the Chiefs were to draft DeCastro he would take Ryan Lilja's spot at left guard, but that move could turn out to be questionable. Lilja was the Chiefs best linemen in the 2010 season, but took a step back in 2011, despite starting 15 games. However, Lilja's regression could be blamed on aging center Casey Wiegmann. I love DeCastro, but the Chiefs already have a solid pair of guards in Lilja and Jon Asamoah and with Rodney Hudson taking over for Wiegmann, the Chiefs offensive line seems set to me. Don't get me wrong, DeCastro might be a better player than Lilja at this point, but the Chiefs number one priority in the draft should be drafting the best nose tackle available.
3. Luke Kuechly: Inside Linebacker, Boston College
Drafting Luke Kuechly would be a questionable idea if DeCastro and Poe were still on the board, but if DeCastro and Poe were gone, Kuechly would be the Chiefs guy. Placing Kuechly in the middle next to Derrick Johnson would make the Chiefs' linebacking corps lethal and among the best in the league. This pick would be a value pick, by picking the best player available if Poe and DeCastro were to be gone. Kuechly aside from being a tackle machine, is a high character guy and seems like a player Scott Pioli dreams about.
4. Dont'a Hightower: Inside Linebacker, Alabama
One thing the Chiefs could easily do with their draft pick is trade down and thats the only way they would draft Hightower. I see it as a high possibility that the Chiefs trade down in the draft. Drafting Dont'a Hightower at 11th overall would be a little bit of a reach, but he would be a great draft choice if taken later in the first round. Like Luke Kuechly the Chiefs really don't have a need at inside linebacker, but Hightower has too much value to pass up. In my opinion Hightower is one of the most underrated players in the draft, and taking him later in the first round could be a potential steal for the Chiefs.
5. Cordy Glenn: Offensive Guard, Georgia
Like Dont'a Hightower, the only way that Cordy Glenn would get drafted by the Chiefs is if they were to trade down. If the Chiefs really want a guard in the draft and DeCastro is off the board I would trade down in the 20's range and draft Cordy Glenn. Glenn can play guard or tackle, but would play guard with the Chiefs. Glenn is massive, standing 6'5 and weighing 345 pounds, he would add much needed size to the Chiefs' line. Aside from being big Cordy Glenn can move well for his size and is a great run blocker as well as being solid in passing situations. Glenn is one of my favorite offensive linemen in this year's draft class and has a ton of potential.