Possible First Round Draft Candidates for Chiefs

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Round 1

1. David DeCastro offensive guard, Stanford. Decastro is the best offensive guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson.  He will be an immediate starter for the Chiefs and has the skill set to be a future All-Pro guard.  This selection would allow the Chiefs to run the ball more effectively. With Jamaal Charles being healthy and the signing of Peyton Hillis, the Chiefs could have the best rushing attack in the league as they did in 2010. DeCastro has been given extremely high praise from all draft experts. Most experts also feel that the Chiefs and DeCastro are a perfect fit. Drafting him is the most likely scenario for the Kansas City Cheifs.
2.  Luke Kuechly inside linebacker, Boston College.  Kuechly would be an immediate contributor for the Chiefs defense and could possibly start over Jovan Belcher during his rookie season.  However, I feel this would be a safe pick for the chiefs because  Kuechly doesn’t have much doubt about his motor and attitude.  He will be a ten year starter for the Chiefs and great locker room player. While he will not be an All-Pro or a Pro-Bowl linebacker, he will be a major contributor for whom ever drafts him.
3.  Riley Reiff offensive tackle, Iowa.  Reiff is the second best offensive tackle in 2012 draft class.  He would be a great fit in Kansas City’s zone-blocking scheme.  Reiff would not start his rookie since the Chiefs just signed Eric Winston to play right tackle and Brandon Albert has established himself as the left tackle with his performance in the last 4 years. This  could be a great pick in a couple years if we lose Brandon Albert to free agency or Eric Winston’s play declines. Overall the pick of Reiff would be a great insurance for the future.
4. Dont’a Hightower  inside linebacker, Alabama.  Dont’a would be a better fit for the Chiefs then Luke Kuechly. Dont’a is 6’2’’ 260 pounds and is an extremely versatile linebacker who can play all three downs.  Dont’a played defensive end on third downs in Alabama’s nickel package and showed he could possibly play outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense as well.  This selection would be a reach on draft night, but in a couple of years Dont’a could be one of the best linebackers in football.
5.   Trent Richardson running back, Alabama.  Trent would be a luxury pick for the Chiefs since we already have Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis.  However, Richardson is one of the five best prospects in this years draft class. Furthermore, he is the best running back prospect since Darren Mcfadden.  This selection would immediately make the Chiefs running and passing game better.  The only problem is we already have Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis at running back and the Chiefs can find quality starters at running back much later in this years draft.
6.  Trade Down.  This is always a possibility for the Chiefs with Scott Pioli as our General Manager. Pioli has been known for trading down and stocking up on lower round draft picks. With the Patriots, this method worked in numerous occasions.  This could be a great move for the Chiefs. Trading down would allow them to acquire more picks in the second or third round. Depending on how far they trade down they will still have a shot at drafting Dont’a Hightower. Since the Chiefs do not have a clear problem to fix during the draft, this would be a great idea to stock picks for future drafts.
Connor Willsey

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