Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Kansas City needs a centerpiece nose tackle for its 3-4 scheme and another playmaker at wide receiver but neither is available here. The Chiefs could trade back and try to get a player like Baylor DT Phil Taylor, but staying put would allow them to get a big upgrade at right offensive tackle in Carimi. He is a very good run-blocker and would help solidify an offensive line led by solid LT Branden Albert.
It’s not the sexiest pick, but being able to snag arguably the best tackle in the draft at the end of the first round would be a huge get for a team that led the league in rushing even though they had mediocre talent at right tackle.
Don’t believe Carimi is the best available? Just ask him.
“They should draft me because I’m the best tackle coming out this year.”
Most people will throw out the names Anthony Castonzo, Nate Solder or Tyron Smith — all guys I would take on the Chiefs offensive line — but I will gladly put Carimi up against any of them. All this kid has done is dominate at Wisconsin after taking over for No. 3 overall pick Joe Thomas, looking a lot like the perennial Pro Bowl selection during his four years starting.
We know the Chiefs are in dire need of help for Tamba Hali and that will need to be addressed but I would love to see the best available offensive tackle, nose tackle or wide receiver. If Carimi is still there, it’s hard to imagine Pioli and Todd Haley passing on the Outland Trophy winner.
It’s also important to note that last year, offensive coordinator (then-offensive line coach) Bill Muir was pushing hard for Russell Okung knowing the team needs another tackle. It’s a year late, but giving Muir the bookend he wants could be the plan for Kansas City.