The 2012 NFL Draft is less than a week away, and Chiefs fans are still wondering what direction the Chiefs will go with their first pick. Mock drafts around the internet have the Chiefs picking either guard David DeCastro or linebacker Luke Kuechly. DeCastro and Kuechly seem like the two players Scott Pioli dreams about when it comes to the NFL draft. Both players are smart, hardworking, and phenomenal players coming out of college. Another name that comes into mind is quarterback Ryan Tannehill. In order to draft Tannehill the Chiefs would likely have to trade up, but in my opinion it is not worth giving up a second round pick if not more to draft a quarterback who could turn out to be a big bust. But, if Tannehill somehow falls to the Chiefs at number 11, the Chiefs brass would have to make a very tough decision. Most likely, in the end it will come down to DeCastro or Kuechly either one would make the Chiefs better and both are likely the safest picks in the draft.
Round 1, Pick No. 11: David DeCastro, Offensive Guard, Stanford
The Chiefs go with David DeCastro over Luke Kuechly here, because DeCastro fills a bigger need. The Chiefs have absolutely no need for inside linebacker and the Chiefs just tendered Jovan Belcher which means Belcher is not going anywhere. DeCastro is arguably the best run blocking offensive linemen in the draft and its becoming obvious the Chiefs offensive game plan this year is to run the ball down the throats of opposing defenses. DeCastro would make the Chiefs running game even more lethal than it already looks on paper. DeCastro is also a proven pass blocker and would help keep Matt Cassel on his feet and most importantly healthy.
Round 2, Pick No. 44: Shea McClellin, Outside Linebacker, Boise State
Shea McClellin's draft stock lately has been shooting up and the Chiefs would be really lucky to grab him in the second round. McClellin is probably the most versatile defensive player in this year's draft class he can play; Outside linebacker, defensive end, and even inside linebacker. With Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers in the division the Chiefs need all the help they can to make their defense even more better than it already is. The Chiefs brass also just met with McClellin so it is obvious that the Chiefs are interested in drafting him.
Round 3, Pick No. 74: Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Michigan State
Kirk Cousins can get drafted anywhere from the second round to even falling in the fourth round. The Chiefs steal Cousins with their third round pick. Cousins is one of the more safe post-first round quarterbacks in the draft. Cousins comes from an offense similar to what the Chiefs run, a run first type of offense. Cousins also can throw the ball when needed to, Cousins is a potential replacement for Matt Cassel if Cassel struggles early.
Round 4, Pick No. 107: Markelle Martin, Safety, Oklahoma State
Once again I have the Chiefs picking Markelle Martin, but with this time with their fourth round pick. Martin's draft stock has been falling a little bit lately, but the Chiefs steal him here. I am pretty convinced that the Chiefs are going to try and add as much depth as they can to their secondary through the draft. Martin is one of my favorite prospects in the draft he is a big, strong safety who adds more physicality to the Chiefs secondary. Martin is good at blitzing something Romeo Crennel loves to do with his defensive backs.
Round 5, Pick No. 146: Shaun Prater, Cornerback, Iowa
Like in my previous mock draft I have the Chiefs selecting Shaun Prater. Scott Pioli loves his players from Iowa and Prater is Pioli's Iowa guy here. Prater adds instant quality depth to the Chiefs secondary. Prater would likely serve as the Chiefs' number four cornerback on the depth chart and would see a lot of playing time on special teams.
Round 6, Pick No. 182: Nick Jean-Baptiste, Nose Tackle, Baylor
Romeo Crennel recently stated that the Chiefs are going to wait until after the draft to acquire a nose tackle. I really can't see the Chiefs going out of this year's draft class without drafting a nose tackle. I really don't believe that the trio of Jerrell Powe, Amon Gordon, and Anthony Toribio will be effective at all going into this year none of those players are proven consistent nose tackles. The Chiefs go with Jean-Baptiste here who I think is one of the most under rated prospects in this draft class.
Round 7, Pick No. 218: Bradie Ewing, Fullback, Wisconsin
The Chiefs no longer have a starting fullback on their current roster. The Chiefs have Shane Bannon, but he is all but a practice squad player as of right now. Daboll is known for not utilizing a fullback much in his offense, but for when he does need a fullback Bradie Ewing should be his man. Ewing would compete with Bannon for playing time on Sundays.
Round 7, Pick No. 238: Trevor Olson, Offensive Tackle/Offensive Guard, Northern Illinois
With the Chiefs drafting David DeCastro in the first round, the only thing their offensive line lacks now is depth. The Chiefs need some backups and Olson would provide that. Olson can play either guard or tackle on the line.