There is no way to know exactly which players Scott Pioli and the Kansas City Chiefs will have available to him two weeks from now in the first round of the NFL Draft. That doesn’t stop us all from projecting and ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson was asked who would be the pick between UCLA’s Akeem Ayers, Florida’s Mike Pouncey and Baylor’s Phil Taylor.
I think Pouncey is the best prospect and he would be the best value at No. 21, where the Chiefs pick. He wouldn’t fill an immediate hole, although he’d eventually look good in a Kansas City uniform. Ayers may be a slightly better prospect than Taylor and a better value at No. 21. I think Kansas City could trade down to the No. 25-30 range and take either Ayers or Taylor. Both players would likely be contributors right away in Kansas City.
If you want to go just by where most mocks have each player going then, yes, Pouncey would be the best value pick. But, while I’m in minority, I have not been overly impressed with Pouncey. That’s not to say he isn’t going to start in this league for a long time, but he isn’t going to come in and play at an All-Pro level the way his brother Maurkice did with the Steelers last season.
I don’t even care about taking a guard or center with the 21st pick. The other Pouncey twin and even Eric Berry more than showed that if you believe a guy is going to be elite you don’t worry about where that position has been drafted in years past.
It’s been interesting to see both Ayers and Taylor’s stock seem to sag over the last couple of weeks. I’ve gone the opposite direction with Ayers, becoming very intrigued with lining him up opposite of Tamba Hali. I’d still rather have Aldon Smith, but I don’t see him making it all the way to Kansas City at 21.