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2011 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Linebackers And Tackles For The Chiefs

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We're less than a week away from the start of the 2011 NFL Combine, which means draft talk is really about to start picking up in the sports blogosphere. I've rounded up some of the latest NFL mock drafts from all corners of the Internet and naturally there are varying opinions on what the Kansas City Chiefs should do in the 2011 NFL draft.

I've listed about a dozen mock drafts here and there is a mix of linebackers, offensive tackles, and even nose tackles that people are suggesting for KC. 

Check 'em out and let us know your thoughts, especially those of you who have seen these college guys play on film. 2011 NFL Mock Draft by Greg Cox
Scott Pioli used the third pick in the 2008 NFL Draft to take LSU's Tyson Jackson and another early pick (third round) on Purdue's Alex Magee who now plays for Tampa Bay. He needs a space eater in the middle of his defensive line. He was personally at the Senior Bowl and saw how well NT Phil Taylor performed.

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Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia: GM Scott Pioli re-signed Derrick Johnson, but Tamba Hali is a potential free agent and Mike Vrabel is past his prime.

More mock drafts after the jump.

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The Chiefs enjoyed better tackle play this year from Branden Albert and Ryan O'Callaghan, but the stellar performances of Kansas City's skill-position players have hidden a lack of depth on the line. Anthony Castonzo's athleticism and durability are enough to warrant a top 20 selection, but his moderate strength could push him lower. Not needed to play immediately, Castonzo could develop here.

NFL 2011 Mock draft: NFL 2011 Mock draft by Jesse McDonald
Matt Cassel had a good season but it would be better if they had some receiving help, although more importantly a monster like Anthony Costanzo would secure Cassel's back and help Charles Johnson reach another successful year.

Real Sports Hype: 2011 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Round 1
Akeem Ayers would be a nice addition to the Chiefs' linebacker group. Tamba Hali is the only true rush linebacker they have, so adding Ayers to play opposite of him would be a smart move.

Sideline Scouting - Post-Super Bowl Mock Draft
The Chiefs made big strides this season and fielded a defense much better than in years past. Look for Kansas City to continue to build on its front seven by drafting Justin Houston with this pick.

My 2011 NFL Mock Draft
Derek Sherrod OT Miss St - tough call here but if by some miracle JJ slips this far, I don't think they can let him go any further ( which he could do with a slow 40 ). If JJ is not here, enter Sherrod, possibly the best OT in this draft based on college play.

NFLDraft101: One Round 2011 NFL Mock Draft - Initial NFLDraft101 Mock
KC is one of the teams on a long list of talented young rosters. Offensively they have a lot of good things going, defensively it's the same case. With Tyson Jackson at one 5-technique and Glen Dorsey at the nose, the Chiefs have one more spot along the line for a talented player. J.J. Watt has a great blend of upside and skill.

2011 First Round NFL Mock Draft: Da’Quan Bowers, Nick Fairley, Or Patrick Peterson No. 1? : Mock Draft Mania

The Chiefs were a solid defensive team but what really hurt them in the playoffs and late in the season was their inability to stop the run. Corey Liuget is a monster in the middle and should come in right away and help the Chiefs 3-4 defense as either a defensive end or nose tackle.