2012 NFL Draft: 5 Possibilites for the Kansas City Chiefs First-Round Pick
With the 2012 NFL Draft just over 100 days away, each team is starting to weigh each of their possibilities for their first round selection.
Like every other team, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking for the next cornerstone of their franchise.
In the past few seasons, KC has drafted the likes of Tamba Hali, Dwayne Bowe and Eric Berry in the first round of the draft.
This year, they will hope to add another talented player to the mix.
Here are five possibilities for Kansas City's first pick in April's NFL Draft.
G David DeCastro, Stanford
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David DeCastro is a hard-nosed offensive guard from Stanford.
The Bellevue, Washington native was a three-year starter for the Cardinal, and along with fellow member of this list Jonathan Martin, Decastro helped anchor the Stanford offensive line.
Although he played primarily right guard at the collegiate level, he projects to be either a LG or RG in the NFL.
DeCastro looks to be the most pro-ready out of any of the guards in his draft class.
OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
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Stanford's Jonathan Martin might just be the best offensive line prospect in this year's draft class.
As a sophomore, he was named as a first-team All-American selection by Scout.com.
Martin projects to be either a left or right tackle at the next level, and he would easily become the new starting RT for the Chiefs if they were to select him in April.
His talent level and great technique at his position could make him a sure-fire franchise LT or RT for any team in the NFL.
RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
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Trent Richardson will more than likely be the first running back off the board in this year's draft.
He is explosive, strong, and has the talent to become a star for any team that takes him on draft day.
With the NFL turning into more of a pass-first league for many teams these days, its very likely that Richardson could fall to the Chiefs, who are operating with 11th or 12th pick in the draft.
If he does, don't be surprised if Kansas City plucks him off the board to pair with Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles to give KC arguably the best running back duo in the entire league.
OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
On paper, it would seem that this would be the most ideal pick for Chiefs GM Scott Pioli.
Reiff is a tough, physical offensive tackle and is solid in both run blocking and pass protection at his position.
He's also from the University of Iowa, where Pioli has already selected players in each of the last drafts in TE Tony Moeaki and QB Ricky Stanzi.
If Martin is already off the board when their turn comes up, I expect that KC will go with Reiff as their first round pick this year.
Trade Up for RG3
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I realize that this possibility is easily the biggest longshot on this list.
Scott Pioli even hinted in a recent interview that he is not likely to bundle multiple first-round picks for a franchise QB come draft day.
However, Baylor's Robert Griffin III has a chance to be a very special player in this league, and the Chiefs are in desperate need of an upgrade at the quarterback position.
Plus, you can't rule out the possibility of KC landing Griffin in April, considering that crazier things have gone down on draft day in the past.