The mock drafts are coming in at a furious pace with the NFL draft just two weeks away. The latest is the fifth installment from SI’s Don Banks. As has been the case, he is projecting a certain offensive lineman to Scott Pioli and the Kansas City Chiefs with the 21st pick.
OT Gabe Carimi Wisconsin Jr. 6-7 327
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli likes tough players, and Carimi is one of this draft’s best in that department. Other options like Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor, UCLA outside linebacker Akeem Ayers and Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston all come with some question marks. Carimi doesn’t. He’ll walk in the door as a solid starter at right tackle.
Short of the Seattle Seahawks, the Chiefs have the most issues to address of all the NFL’s playoff teams. That means no less than five positions will be in play in the first round, no matter where you rank the offensive line on the “needs list” you cannot deny that it’s a position that will be a part of that group.
Adding a wide receiver to play opposite Dwayne Bowe or a pass rusher to finally give Tamba Hali some help getting after the quarterback would be great. When I look at the players likely to be available at 21 and the importance of locking up both sides of the offensive line, it’s hard to pass up a guy like Carimi.