Last year, Kansas City GM Scott Pioli made a surprising first round pick by selecting LSU DE Tyson Jackson. Most “experts” had Jackson pegged as a mid-teens pick, but the Chiefs pushed him all the way up to No. 4. Could Oklahoma OT Trent Williams make that sort of jump this year? Mike Detiller seems to think so.
In January, Williams, who has started at right tackle, left tackle and center for the Sooners, was regarded as a mid-first round pick in the 2010 NFL draft, but superb off-season workouts, his versatility and the great need for left tackles has pushed Williams into a position to be a Top 10 pick in the draft.
Williams has drawn heavy interest from the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills, and they all have picks in the top ten in the 2010 NFL draft.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper just today connected the Chiefs to Williams and if Pioli does decide to go with an offensive tackle, maybe he goes with another rising prospect instead of Iowa’s Bryan Bulaga.
But, with Kent Babb reporting the team will stick to a “safe” pick, it’s hard to imagine the Chiefs turning another top-15 player into a top-5 pick.