Leading up the 2012 NFL Draft, there are no shortage of mock drafts floating around. Everyone has some version of one (we’ll have our own Wednesday) and most are pretty standard.
One that is very different is the mock put together by Greg Cosell of NFL Films. No one watches more film and his insight into the draft on Twitter is a must read, if you aren’t already following.
In his mock draft Cosell selects just by his big board and perceived team needs. Nothing about character or anything but performance on film is factored in when he makes his selections. How different is his format? It includes the Indianapolis Colts selecting Robert Griffin III and Stephon Gilmore coming off the board third.
For all the differences in this mock, there is a very familiar name projected to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs under Romeo Crennel are quietly building an excellent defense. Focus on linebacker: It’s a very good group that features Tamba Hali and Justin Houston on the outside, and Derrick Johnson inside. You add Luke Kuechly to the mix, and you may well have the best 3-4 linebacking unit in the NFL. I’m tired of hearing about Kuechly’s average athleticism. I watched game after game after game and he played fast with urgent reaction speed. He played with his eyes better than any linebacker I can remember evaluating. His so-called inability to play physically? Watch the NFL as extensively as I do, and you’ll know that very few linebackers take on blocks. That’s a time-worn cliché that really has little practical application.
Throughout the draft process, Kuechly and Stanford guard David DeCastro (he is projected to the Cincinnati Bengals 17th overall) have been the two players I’ve been going back and forth on for the Chiefs.
I see both as a perfect fit for what the Chiefs want to do and starters for a decade. The main difference with Kuechly is not only that he’s guaranteed to start right away (remember, Ryan Lilja is still around to start at guard) but he could push the Kansas City defense to that next level.
Agree or disagree with the final product, Cosell’s mock is a fascinating read leading up to Thursday.