In most of the NFL mock drafts we have seen lately, the Kansas City Chiefs have been linked nearly exclusively to players on the offensive side of the ball. While most of those have been on the line, there have been a few involving the top running back available.
Over at ESPN, Todd McShay projected Boston College LB Luke Kuechly to the Chiefs in his second mock. The World Wide Leader’s other draftnik Mel Kiper first sent DT Devon Still, but is now in agreement with McShay.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
In Romeo Crennel’s system, you have to find linebackers with great instincts who can be physical in the run game, make stops through the hole and get into the backfield. Kuechly is simply a machine, a prototype for what you want in an interior linebacker. He has exceptional instincts, and masks any questions of his speed by diagnosing the play faster than anybody out there. Can play a little high, but that’s just quibbling, as he takes few false steps. I can see the Chiefs looking for a nose tackle, but this slot might be a little high for great value there.
If the Chiefs can sure up their defensive backfield in the offseason — preferably with the re-signing of CB Brandon Carr — Kuechly is the perfect player to help push the defense to the next level. Bringing back Carr, a healthy Eric Berry at safety and the continued improvement of Justin Houston makes the only weak spot at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson.
Fans don’t sit around dreaming about their favorite team using their first round pick on an inside linebacker, but Kuechly is a perfect fit in Kansas City.