2012 NFL Mock Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Full 7-Round Predictions
With the 2011-12 NFL regular season coming to an end last weekend, it's time to start taking a closer look at next year's draft prospects.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, there will be many holes to fill this offseason. Several of them need to be filled in April's draft.
Here are my full seven-round predictions for the Chiefs' upcoming draft.
1st Round: RT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
Going into this offseason, the Chiefs knew that they needed to upgrade their right tackle position.
The starter for the last two seasons has been Barry Richardson, who was arguably the worst player at that position in the entire league.
Stanford's Jonathan Martin could come in and start immediately for this team, and he brings a level of talent and athleticism that hasn't been sign at the RT spot in a long time for the Chiefs.
Even though he primarily played as a left tackle in college, Martin is being projected as a starting right tackle at the next level.
2nd Round: QB Nick Foles, Arizona
It's no secret that the Chiefs have struggled with consistency at the quarterback position for a long time.
This season, they used three different quarterbacks, none of which seem to be the long-term answer for this organization.
That's why Arizona's Nick Foles would be a solid pick in the second round of April's draft.
At 6'5," he has the size, but he also has a strong arm and down-field vision to become the QB of the future for this franchise.
3rd Round: LG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
In 2011, the Chiefs trotted out veteran left guard Ryan Lilja for the nearly the entirety of the season.
He was frequently pushed back by opposing defensive lineman and is too undersized at his position to continue to start on this offensive line in the future.
Midwestern State's Amini Silatolu would be a major upgrade over Lilja and would complete the O-line transformation for KC.
The 6'3, 324 stud lineman mostly played left tackle in college, but has the versatility to step inside and play left guard for Kansas City as early as next season.
4th Round: ILB Emmanuel Acho, Texas
Emmanuel Acho, younger brother of current Arizona Cardinals' linebacker Sam, is a solid inside linebacker prospect.
In the 2011 season at Texas, he racked up 110 tackles and three sacks from the the ILB position.
With KC looking to upgrade at inside linebacker opposite Derrick Johnson, Acho would be a good fit.
He's exactly the type of thumper that Kansas City's defense needs at that position going forward.
5th Round: RB Terrence Ganaway, Baylor
With Thomas Jones likely not coming back next season, the Chiefs offense will need another running back to compliment star Jamaal Charles.
Terrance Ganaway would be an ideal pick to replace the aging Jones for next season and beyond.
The Baylor standout rushed for 1,547 and 21 touchdowns in his last season with the school. He also had a nice 6.2 YPC average.
Ganaway would be the thunder to Charles' lightning for this KC offense for many years.
6th Round: CB Johnny Adams, Michigan State
Johnny Adams is a scrappy corner from Michigan State that could easily be had in the later rounds of April's draft.
Since Brandon Carr is schedule to be a free agent when the free-agency period begins in March, it's hard to tell if the Chiefs will re-sign him then.
The speedy Adams could serve as a decent insurance policy for Carr if KC decides to let him walk.
After all, you can never have enough defensive backs on your roster in the NFL these days.
7th Round: DE Ethan Johnson, Notre Dame
Defensive end Ethan Johnson would be an intriguing project-type player for the Chiefs to develop on their roster.
He has the size, at 6'4 and 300 lbs, to be a solid 3-4 DE at the next level, and could be a steal in the seventh round of April's draft.
In his junior season at Notre Dame, Johnson showed off his ability to get pressure on the quarterback, with 34 tackles and five sacks.
KC could use him for depth behind starting defensive end Glenn Dorsey, and he could see some game action in the Chiefs' defensive line rotation in his rookie season.