The first batch of NFL mock drafts have almost exclusively pegged either an offensive tackle or defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs. In Todd McShay’s first mock, he projected Scott Pioli would take OT Jonathan Martin from Stanford. With his latest version, he heads to the other side of the ball, but goes with a linebackers instead of a lineman.
12. Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Kuechly*, ILB, Boston College
Bigger holes exist along the offensive line and at nose tackle, but Kuechly is clearly the best player on the board at this point. He would give new coach Romeo Crennel the kind of leadership and production Tedy Bruschi provided for the New England defenses Crennel coached in the early 2000s. Kuechly shows rare instincts and is a healthier version of current Cowboys standout Sean Lee.
Taking an inside linebacker this high wouldn’t excite all of Chiefs Nation, but would help the Kansas City defense take a big step forward. For all of their solid play last year, the Chiefs defense worked without a quality linebacker next to Derrick Johnson all season.
If Kuechly could step in and be anywhere near the player Lee has been for the Cowboys, he will team up with Tamba Hali, Johnson and Justin Houston as one of the best young group of linebackers in the league.