It may not quite be the consensus we had last year with Eric Berry, but there is a name that keeps popping up attached the Kansas City Chiefs. Drafting at No. 21, the Chiefs have now been tabbed at least three times to be selecting UCLA’s Akeem Ayers, the latest is Mel Kiper’s third Mock Draft.
Ayers surprised a lot of people with some mediocre workouts two weeks ago, given a reputation for athleticism, but that can’t drop him too far, because the tape doesn’t lie, and his skill-set is such that he can help a team early. A good fit on the edge in the Chiefs’ system, Ayers fills an obvious need at outside linebacker in the 3-4, and isn’t just a pass-rusher. More in the Mike Vrabel mold, he can cover, rush and tackle well against the run.
The more people I talk to, the more I believe that the Chiefs will wait until the second round to address wide receiver or right tackle and instead focus on defense in the first. If they choose to go linebacker over defensive tackle, Ayers would bring the type of athleticism Scott Pioli, Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel are looking for.
We are all getting tired of hearing it, but Tamba Hali needs a play mate, a role Ayers could fit once he gets his feet wet.