Over the last few years, Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has had a way with finding great value beyond the first round. As important as it is to knock it out of the park in the first round, it’s the rest of your picks that will tell the story of each draft class.
With first round pick Dontari Poe drawing the most attention right now, it’s second round pick Jeff Allen that is being lauded by NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi as one of the top 12 value picks of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jeff Allen, OT/OG, Kansas City (44th pick overall). The ex-Illinois grinder can play multiple positions along the offensive line. He is tough, smart and will be a starter soon.
When you consider last season the Kansas City offensive line was starting a right tackle that shouldn’t have been in the league and only one (rookie Rodney Hudson) serviceable backup, it’s amazing to think about what a huge jump the unit will take in 2012.
Allen will either be a backup at guard and tackle or could even jump right into the starting lineup ahead of veteran Ryan Lilja. Either way, Allen — along with third round pick Donald Stephenson — completes the final stages of a huge offensive line overhaul.