Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Time to catch up on some 2012 NFL mock drafts. It's that time of year when a media outlet is coming out with a mock draft on a daily basis so I've picked up on a few of the mock drafts out there and posted them below.
The choices range from Dontari Poe (still stuck on him?), Riley Reiff (who picked him) and Luke Kuechly, who seems to be a popular pick these days.
Here are the latest mock drafts:
Offensive linemen have been the pick here for some time, but there's value to be had at that position later in the draft. Poe's potential will make it hard for Kansas City to pass over the Memphis product. Romeo Crennel has to feel good about his staff's ability to develop a player who could be among the game's elite defensive linemen in a few years. They could also swing a deal for a quarterback.
The Chiefs are stunned when they see Reiff, considered by many to be a better prospect than Mike Adams (No. 10 to Buffalo), still available with the 11th pick. This is a best player available type of situation and the Chiefs select Reiff knowing full well they have two NFL starters already on the offensive line.
Reiff is the future replacement for LT Branden Albert, who is entering the final year of his contract. Reiff's availability means the Chiefs don't have to give Albert a long-term deal and could entertain trading him. Reiff comes from Iowa, where he was coached by Kirk Ferentz, a close friend of Chiefs GM Scott Pioli. Iowa linemen are noted for how well-coached they are and Reiff is no different. He pushes for playing time immediately but he's not truly in the plans until 2013.
With the need at offensive tackle addressed in free agency the Chiefs can now look at one of the safest players available in the front seven. Kuechly is a tackling machine with good size, natural instincts and above-average athleticism. Is the kind of talent who can make an impact inside from day one.
The alltime leading tackler in both school and Atlantic Coast Conference history is the perfect player for Kansas City G.M. Scott Pioli: whistle-clean character, great instincts. Kuechly isn't overwhelmingly physical, though. I'd like Dontari Poe here if I were sure he could consistently deliver on the athletic promise he showed at the combine.