Kansas City Chiefs: Post-Combine 7-Round Mock Draft
With the '12 NFL combine coming to a close last Tuesday, many teams' mock drafts have seen changes over the past few days.
This includes my own mock draft that I did back in January.
As you can see with this mock, I have made several modifications to it, including KC taking a new CB and TE in the final rounds of the draft.
Here is my post-combine, full seven-round predictions for the Chiefs' draft in April.
1st Round: OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
After the struggles of Chiefs right tackle Barry Richardson last season, the Chiefs are clearly in need of an upgrade at that position going forward.
With this year's free agent market for right tackles appearing to be bleak, Jonathan Martin could be a viable option for KC's first-round pick in April.
After probable top-five pick Matt Kalil, Martin is the best tackle prospect in this year's draft and appears to be ready to come in and immediately start at the next level.
With Branden Albert playing LT and Jonathan Martin at RT next season, the Chiefs would be set at both of those positions for years.
2nd Round: QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
Even if the Chiefs are able to win the Peyton Manning sweepstakes this offseason, I still see them taking a QB in April.
There are several intriguing prospects that KC could go with at that position in the draft, but Arizona State's Brock Osweiler could be a steal in the second round.
The 6'7", 242-lbs. signal-caller has one of the best arms in this year's draft class and is also a very accurate passer as well.
It's been a while since this organization has drafted a quarterback this high in the draft, but Osweiler could be worth the risk in the end.
3rd Round: DT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington
Even after Dontari Poe's dominant performance at this year's combine, I see KC going with a different DT in the draft.
Wasington's Alameda Ta'amu is a very talented defensive tackle prospect who should be available when Kansas City picks in the third round.
Like Poe, he projects as a traditional 3-4 at the next level and has the ability to create many double-teams and become a tough matchup for many offensive linemen he will face.
Adding Ta'amu to this already stout KC defense would easily make them one of the scariest units to face next season.
4th Round: RB Terrance Ganaway, Baylor
With veteran RB Thomas Jones not likely to be back in Kansas City next season, the Chiefs will need to add a new back to complement the speedy Jamaal Charles.
If they aren't able to land anyone in free agency, I see them selecting Baylor's Terrance Ganaway in the fourth round of the draft.
He's a bigger back and would really add an extra dimension to the Chiefs' running game that has been missing in the past.
If he is still on the board in the fourth round, KC would be crazy to pass on him.
5th Round: ILB Audie Cole, North Carolina State
ILB prospect Audie Cole is a real possibility for the Chiefs in the fifth round of April's draft.
He would be an upgrade over incumbent starter Jovan Belcher and also has the talent to make plays on a defense that will already be loaded with playmakers.
Cole is also very versatile, as he could play at both the inside or outside linebacker position at the next level.
At the very least, he would provide excellent depth at ILB for this team in the future.
6th Round: CB Robert Blanton, Notre Dame
Cornerback is becoming a premium position in today's NFL and it doesn't hurt to have several quality corners on your roster.
That's why the Chiefs will take CB Robert Blanton from Notre Dame in the sixth round of this year's draft.
He is an underrated corner and is also solid on special teams as well.
Blanton would be a solid developmental pick for KC at this stage of the draft.
7th Round: TE James Hanna, Oklahoma
With the Chiefs still uncertain of how third-year TE Tony Moeaki will come back from a torn ACL last season, they could very easily select another tight end in this year's draft.
Since they aren't likely to spend a high-round pick on that position, Oklahoma Sooner James Hanna would be a viable option towards the end of the draft.
He is a big threat in the red zone and was also named second-team All-Big 12 last season for OU.
Hanna might never be a starter, but he could provide quality depth at tight end for KC and they could also use him in two-TE sets with Moeaki for next season and beyond.