Kansas City Chiefs 2012 NFL Mock Draft | First Round
The 2011 Kansas City Chiefs season was a bit on the rough side after finishing 7-9.
Fortunately for them, they managed to win seven games even though the outlook seemed to be much worse after losing Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles, Matt Cassel and Tony Moeaki for the entire season at different times of the year.
This is a team that had Tyler Palko starting for them for four games, only before feeling obligated to sign recently released Kyle Orton to finish up the season.
Of course this defense is going to continue to grow under new head coach Romeo Crennel who was the former defensive coordinator.
Crennel was fired after four seasons with the Cleveland Browns in his first head coaching gig, so there’s really only up to go from here.
The Chiefs will participate in a coin flip with the Seattle Seahawks to see who acquires picks 11 and 12.
Here are some of the top options for the Chiefs to consider when drafting at 11/12.
Option #1: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Branden Albert is ineffective at left tackle, and Barry Richardson is even more frustrating to watch.
Draft a solid pass protector in Reiff to put on the left side, while moving Albert to the right, and you have bookend tackles in Kansas City.
Reiff gets a bit of push in the run game, but his forte is using his athleticism and long arms in pass protection.
Option #2: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
I’m quite certain that the Chiefs will be drafting a tackle to help ensure that their 60+ million dollar QB doesn’t go down for the season again.
Adams is ranked higher than Reiff on my big board, but is the lesser pass protector between him and Reiff.
The Chiefs could opt to try Adams out on the left side and if they don’t like him, he moves to the right side to be an exceptional RT for years.
Option #3: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
Kelly Gregg seems likely to retire from the NFL, which leaves a potential void at NT for the Chiefs.
Jerrell Powe has the ideal size and strength to play the position, but whether he’ll be effective or not is another story.
It’ll be hard for the Chiefs to pass up Poe’s 350 pound frame at pick 11/12, especially if they miss out on either Reiff or Adams.
Option #4: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
The Floyd selection is only possible if Dwayne Bowe isn’t retained. It’s extremely important for Bowe to return to the Chiefs as they would lack a true #1 receiver without him.
In the case that Bowe leaves, Floyd could be a solid replacement, and has franchise receiving ability.
A lot similar to Bowe, Floyd plays physical and can stretch the field.
Option #5: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
I’ll catch a lot of resistance from Chiefs fans on this selection, but I’m still not convinced that Glenn Dorsey is anything more than average at DE in a 3-4.
Dorsey has been adequate at best, and fits in well as a rotational player, but Brockers fits as a Richard Seymour type 3-4 defense lineman that can play for a long time in the league and has all of the tools to find his niche in a 3-4.
Brockers may not fall out of the Top 10, but if he does, he will be a hot selection.
Keet Bailey heads the NFL Draft division of NFL Soup. Bailey's 2012 NFL Mock Draft scored 12th overall among 112 participants according to The Huddle Report's Annual Mock Draft scoring contest. An avid Cleveland Browns fan, Keet hails from and resides in Ohio. Follow Keet on Twitter @NFLSoupKeet