21. Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Kansas City needs a nose tackle and a wide receiver but this is early for any of the true NTs on the board and there will be plenty of wideouts available in later rounds who can take advantage of the attention defenses pay to Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has a history of drafting NFL-ready players with little or no baggage and, while Solder has more upside, Carimi would step in to provide an immediate upgrade and be a solid starter for years to come.
55. Kansas City Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU
86. Kansas City Tandon Doss WR Indiana
There isn’t much more I can say about Carimi. He continues to be my ideal choice for the Chiefs at No. 21. On Mel Kiper’s conference call yesterday, he called the Outland Trophy winner “a baller“. No argument here.
Sheppard fits a need inside playing next to Derrick Johnson and we know how much Scott Pioli and Todd Haley love players out of the SEC. However 55 seems high to me, especially considering some of the wide receivers and outside linebackers, bigger needs in my mind, that are likely to still be on the board.
A guy that will drive you nuts is Doss. He put up some amazing stats at Indiana when he was on the field. The issue with the idea of Doss to the Chiefs are the injuries that have nagged him throughout his career. After last season he had surgery on both groins that forced him to miss the NFL Combine and the IU pro day. He had to hold his own workout this week and put up less than stellar numbers.
If you feel the injuries are something that won’t follow Doss to the next level, then he can be a steal in the third round. He has that kind of talent, but durability is a huge concern.