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2012 NFL Draft: Two Weeks And Two Options For The Chiefs

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In two weeks the Indianapolis Colts will be on the clock, if not for more than about five seconds before Andrew Luck is holding up a blue jersey. Soon thereafter, the Kansas City Chiefs will be about to make their first selection and add another piece to the puzzle.

Scott Pioli has a major decision to make at that juncture. Forget about Ryan Tannehill, that's not going to happen and for good reason. Instead, Kansas City will likely have the luxury of taking the best player available that coincides with a need.

Much has been made about bringing in Dontari Poe, the combine superstar out of Memphis with less than stellar game tape. Poe is enormous and possesses amazing speed and agility for a nose tackle, but its a tough sell that he's a first-round pick. He just hasn't shown the type of production that warrants major confidence.

However, that's enough about who shouldn't and won't be taken.

The Chiefs need to draft either Luke Kuechly or David DeCastro. It should depend on which side of the ball needs more attention in the eyes of Romeo Crennel and Pioli.

Either man would instantly make Kansas City much better.

Kuechly is one of the most productive players to come out in years. Nothing he does is incredibly overwhelming when you watch him, except for the most important thing: production.

The Boston College product has fantastic instincts and a nose for the football. Regardless of opinion on Kuechly, it's impossible to say that 191 tackles in a season isn't remarkable.

The youngster would solidify the linebacking core and quite possibly make it the best in the NFL sooner rather than later. With Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston already in place there wouldn't be a weakness.

On the other side of the coin, DeCastro would be an exceptional piece to install into the offensive line. With a young stud in Jon Asamoah on the other side, the guards would form one of the premiere duos in the league.

Then factor in Brandon Albert and the newly-acquired Eric Winston holding down the tackle positions. If Rodney Hudson can hold up his end of the bargain, the Chiefs have a very talented and youthful line to go forward with in front of Matt Cassel.

Kansas City can't go wrong by snagging either one. For years the Chiefs had so many needs that they were tied to certain players right off the bat. That's not the case anymore with all the talent that has been brought in recently.

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