The last few years the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t had to go over many options for their first round pick. That’s what happens when you pick in the top five. Now that they are poised to select at No. 21 overall, GM Scott Pioli will have to have a lot of contingency plans. According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper, that could include Florida OL Mike Pouncey.
The Chiefs really need to land a wide receiver this offseason, and could be the team who is willing to reach a little and get Leonard Hankerson or Torrey Smith at this spot. But they also need outside linebacker help, and that’s a safe backup plan here. This team also needs a center, and Pouncey is the only guy who might fit the bill this high.
In year’s past any suggestion that a center (or guard) could go this high might be met with skepticism. Then of course you could have said the same thing about a safety going in the top five last year and we saw how that worked out with Eric Berry. And there is also Pouncey’s brother, Maurkice, who was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 18th selection last April. All he did for the Steelers was start all 16 games and earn a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl squad.
Before anyone gets too excited about a rookie coming in and taking the place of Casey Wiegmann, it’s important to note two things. First is that he isn’t as good as his twin brother. That’s more a compliment to Maurkice than a knock on Mike, but important to recognize all the same. The second — and odd considering the first — is that he could be off the board by the time Pioli and the Chiefs are on the clock.
Pouncey has a chance to go as high as 13 to the Detroit Lions, but more likely the New York Giants sitting at 19 would be the team to pull the offensive lineman off the board. The fact that he has been invited to the draft by the NFL should tell you that his stock is on the rise.