The general consensus is that the Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to fill their needs along the offensive and defensive lines, at wide receiver and opposite Tamba Hali at linebacker in next month’s draft. With that in mind, Pete Prisco has circled five names that Scott Pioli is likely to target.
Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin: The left tackle position has been a trouble spot for a while. Carimi could step in and fix it.
Anthony Castonzo, OG, Boston College: He could play both guard spots and has been quality left tackle in college.
Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland: They need to get some help outside for their passing game. Smith can run.
Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor: He is the best pure nose tackle in this draft. Smith and Edwards aren’t long for the job with the Chiefs.
Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky: If they go offensive line in the first round, they could come back and get a player like Cobb in the second.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Carimi seems like a great fit in Kansas City. No need to jump on the “Move Albert” bandwagon like Prisco, but going with Carimi — or any of the top tackles — in the first round would immediately improve an offensive line that already delivered the best rushing game in the league last year.
Castonzo is Pioli-guy in every way possible, but I don’t see him as a guard. If the team sees him that way, there’s no way they pull the trigger on him at No. 21, even with two veterans playing guard right now in Brian Waters and Ryan Lilja. Jon Asamoah is waiting to step in at guard whenever he is called upon, making the need there much less urgent than on the outside.
The issues with Taylor are going to continue to be — right or wrong — things that happened in his life all the way back in 2007. Watching what he did at Baylor, it’s easy to see him as the anchor that Romeo Crennel’s defense desperately needs. The defensive ends have been dogged, but it would be fun to see what they could do if they ever had a tackle that demanded at least an occasional double team.
It’s interesting that Smith is seen by Prisco as the speed guy when mentioned in the same breath as Cobb. The little guy from Kentucky might not quite be the burner that Smith is, but he’s not that far behind. The question with both is that if Todd Haley and Pioli think they are the right fit to play opposite Bowe, you can’t wait until the 55th pick. Obviously a lot can change in a month, but right now it looks like a risk to think either will last until the later part of the second round.