With the 11th pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Kenneth Taylor selected for the Kansas City Chiefs, who earned the 11th overall pick with a 7-9 record.
With the No. 11 pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select....
David DeCastro, G, Stanford
The Chiefs' biggest needs are QB & NT, but the top remaining prospects in those positions are Ryan Tannehill and Dontari Poe. Or, as I like to call them, Akili Smith & Ryan Sims.Tannehill was a WR until mid 2010, has displayed no ability to throw downfield at all, or any ability to go through a progression and find the open man. He locks onto one receiver and throws to him because he doesn't know how to do anything else. He has only 1.5 seasons of playing QB, much less starting, and yet he's the #3 QB prospect behind once in a lifetime prospects Luck & Griffin? If current Chiefs backup Ricky Stanzi were coming out this year, I'd have him rated at least 1 full round ahead of Tannehill. There's no way I'm taking Tannehill in the first 4 rounds, much less at #11 overall.
Poe had one of the most impressive scouting combines in NFL history. He has prototypical size for an NFL nose tackle, displayed superhuman speed for his size, skyrocketed into the top 15 in the draft projections, and yet at Memphis against bottom-of-the-barrel competition he was purely mediocre. How does that happen? He didn't get a lot of tackles, which you'd expect from a nose tackle but not against the opponents Memphis plays. He didn't get a lot of tackles for loss or sacks, despite having speed/strength ratio somewhere above whatever number comes after a googol. There isn't a nose tackle prospect that comes within 60 or 70 picks of Poe's projected spot, but Poe was extremely mediocre against some of the worst offensive lines in college football. I simply cannot spend a first round pick on a guy that looks that unfit for the NFL on the field, no matter what happens when he goes to the track.
So what does that leave? Best player available. The Chiefs are actually very well off. There really isn't a big need at any position, with the possible exception of NT. We'd have liked to trade down, preferably picking up a 2013 1st rounder in the process, but we couldn't agree on a deal. With all the first round busts the last administration drafted on the d-line (Tyson Jackson, Glenn Dorsey, Ryan Sims) it doesn't sound like a Scott Pioli move to take another one this year. Then again, it didn't sound like a Scott Pioli move to draft a safety in the first round and Eric Berry seems to have worked out. With that in mind, a guard at 11 doesn't seem so unlikely. While it has been 15 years since a guard went in the top 16, DeCastro represents the ideal blend of value and need for the Chiefs.
David DeCastro Highlights:
Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:
Chiefs have the luxury of going BPA with so few needs on the team. Taking DeCastro completes their line and gives them the last elite player in this draft. DeCastro is ready to not influence contribute, but impact the game. He's a top guard in the NFL today.
|#||Team||Picked By||Name/Positon of Pick|
|1||Indianapolis||Alex Neyer||Andrew Luck QB|
|2||Washington||David Farrelly||Robert Griffin III QB|
|3||Minnesota||Palewook||Matt Kalil OT|
|4||Cleveland||Jason Garrison||Justin Blackmon WR|
|5||Tampa Bay||Andrew Bernius||Morris Claiborne CB|
|6||St. Louis||Jim0ijk||Quinton Coples DE|
|7||Jacksonville||AK513||Melvin Ingram DE
|8||Miami||Dan Lockhart||Trent Richardson RB
|9||Carolina||Jason Blanton||Luke Kuechly LB|
|10||Buffalo||Casey Penn||Michael Floyd WR|
|11||Kansas City||Kenneth Taylor||David DeCastro OG|
|12||Detroit (projected trade)||Andrew Perrotta|
|16||New York Jets||Kenneth Taylor|
|17||Cincinnati (from Oakland)||Jason Garrison|
|18||San Diego||Anthony Knox|
|22||Cleveland (from Atlanta)||Jason Garrison|
|23||Seattle (projected trade)||Jared Egner|
|27||New England (from New Orleans)||Anthony Knox|
|28||Green Bay||Travis Castleman|
|30||San Francisco||Chris Brown|
|31||New England||Anthony Knox|
|32||New York Giants||Matt Leitner|