2012 NFL Mock Draft: DeCastro Over Tannehill?

With the Kansas City Chiefs not dealing with one glaring need entering the NFL Draft, there are countless interesting scenarios that could unfold at the top of the first round.

The latest from SB Nation has GM Scott Pioli locking down the best guard available, David DeCastro of Stanford.

11. Kansas City Chiefs, David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

The Chiefs are probably going to lose Casey Wiegmann, 38, to retirement, leaving a void in the middle of their offensive line. DeCastro flopped in snapping the ball during his pro day trial, so Rodney Hudson may be the one snapping this year. Snap struggles aside, DeCastro has elite level talent. The Chiefs’ line may be the envy of the league this year.

This could be one of the safest picks of the first round. DeCastro can start at guard immediately and would give the Chiefs the best young offensive line in all of football. What makes this pick interesting isn’t who is projected to the Chiefs, but who they pass on.

In this scenario, Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill is still on the board at No. 11. With the buzz around the signal caller growing it’s hard to imagine him falling that far and if he does the Chiefs could be more than happy to snap him up.

It would be the perfect test to see if Pioli is ready to take a chance on a young quarterback or continue his string of trying to play it safe. At least in DeCastro your safe pick would be a home run that would help the Chiefs take another step towards reclaiming the AFC West title.

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