For the first time this draft season, ESPN’s Todd McShay has put together a two-round mock. Last time out he pegged a luxury pick in RB Trent Richardson for the Kansas City Chiefs.
This time around, Richardson is off the board and the Chiefs are projected to fill a big hole on defense in the first round. In the second around, it’s a solution for the remaining question mark on the offensive line.
11. Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
With Poe off the board, Kuechly addresses another big hole on defense and would team with Derrick Johnson to give the Chiefs range and playmaking ability inside. Kuechly has elite instincts and intelligence, and he proved at the combine that he is more athletic than many thought.
44 Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
There seems to be a growing interest among Kansas City fans in DT Dontari Poe, but if missing out on the big man from Memphis leads to this scenario, it’s a huge win for the Chiefs.
Kuechly is an instant upgrade over incumbent Jovan Belcher at inside linebacker and Zeitler might not be as well known as Stanford’s David DeCastro, but he’s not far behind him when it comes to this class of guards.
Scoring two players that can immediately start would be a home run for GM Scott Pioli.