In his latest NFL Mock Draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay not only makes his normal projections, but also takes a look at multiple scenarios for each team. When the Kansas City Chiefs select at No. 11, McShay came up with five for GM Scott Pioli.
There are some very familiar names involved, though we also see a new one pop up.
11. Luke Kuechly*, ILB, Boston College
Scenario 1: Kuechly is a slam dunk to fill a big need. He can be plugged in next to Derrick Johnson immediately to form one of the best 3-4 inside tandems in the league. He’s instinctive, productive and athletic, and he could allow for some scheme versatility.
Scenario 2: Nose tackle is the Chiefs’ top need, and Memphis DT Dontari Poe would fit the bill. However, he’s likely not the first choice because general manager Scott Pioli prefers proven commodities over prospects with potential. Still, how often does a team get a chance to pick a potentially dominant two-gap nose tackle who can also add some pass-rush potential from the inside.
Scenario 3: Take LSU DT Michael Brockers, who is a better overall player than Poe but who might not be the best fit in the middle in a 3-4.
Scenario 4: Fill a need along the offensive front with Stanford G David DeCastro, who will immediately be one of the best guards in the league.
Scenario 5: Opt for Barron to solidify the secondary.
I’ve been going back and forth between Kuechly and DeCastro. Both can play right away and will be the final piece of a solid, young unit. Right now I’m leaning more toward DeCastro, to make sure Matt Cassel has as much help as possible in 2012.
Beyond those two, I like Brockers as a guy that won’t start as a rookie but can contribute all along the defensive line. With the different looks Romeo Crennel likes to use up front, he would be an immediate asset.
It’s not a popular view in most Chiefs circles, but Poe scares the life out of me. He’s a guy that didn’t dominate at a lower level and will be playing a position that notoriously takes a while for players to adjust to.
Barron is going to be a solid pro, but wouldn’t that be more of a luxury pick than taking Trent Richardson? There’s no doubt the Chiefs need to find depth at safety, but it’s awfully hard to justify finding it with the No. 11 pick.