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Mike Mayock discusses Chiefs options for defensive linemen in first round

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The 2016 NFL Draft is considered to be a very, very deep draft at a position of need for the Kansas City Chiefs. That's good news for a team waiting to pick until No. 28 overall in round one.

Mike Mayock loves this year's class of defensive linemen and even says it's the deepest draft at that position that he's ever seen. During a recent marathon conference call before the NFL Combine, Mayock took questions about anything and everything, including the linemen who could be available for the Chiefs in the first round.

I think if you're talking the end of the first round, and again, with this whole defensive tackle, defensive end grouping ... there are 10 to 12 of them. But I think DeForest Buckner will be gone. [Robert] Nkemdiche will probably be gone. I love Sheldon Rankins; he'll probably be gone.

Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson, the two Alabama kids, kind of fit what Kansas City does from a scheme perspective. One or both of those guys could be there. But Kenny Clark from UCLA. [Andrew] Billings is probably the best pure nose tackle in this draft from Baylor, strong as can be, probably more of a two-down guy, though.

[Vernon] Butler from Louisiana Tech could do a lot of jobs and fits what Kansas City does. He could play nose, he could play 5 technique. He's a really intriguing player at 6'5", 325.

Most most drafts feature some sort of run on defensive linemen late in the first round, but the Chiefs should still be in prime position to take one of these names, as Mayock mentions. Given the potential loss of Jaye Howard and Mike DeVito in free agency and the pending contract talks with Dontari Poe after the coming year, the Chiefs could use a young impact talent along the line who is also fairly cheap.

It will be interesting to follow these names as the NFL Combine unfolds to see whose stock goes up or down.