March has arrived and that only means the draft is getting close as each day unfolds.
The mock drafts and expert analysis change along with news cycles. With Peyton Manning now a free agent, some wonder if the Kansas City Chiefs are interested and if that will change their outlook on the draft.
With Kansas City winning a coin-flip last month to earn the 11th pick in the draft, they now know what their position is and can plan things out. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli knows that he needs to come away with some good picks due to the team stepping back from 2010 and losing the division by only one game.
What are experts around the league saying about the Chiefs and how they will approach the draft? Let's take a look at some of the upcoming rookies who are projected to become a Chief.
Crennel stated that coaches are given 15 minutes to meet with players at the Combine. He felt that he could have interviewed him for an hour. Judging by his comments, Crennel might have been able to spend an hour talking about Griffin.
No one has projected the Chiefs to trade up for Griffin. However, if the Chiefs did so, it would not surprise many people that they traded up for Griffin to help upgrade their quarterback situation.
And let's be realistic. The Chiefs can improve their quarterback situation. Is Matt Cassel the real solution in Kansas City?
Crennel stated that until the Chiefs can find someone else, Cassel is their quarterback. It does not sound like Cassel has Crennel's vote of confidence.
Jamaal Charles is lucky enough that he did not tear his ACL late in the season. Instead, Charles suffered the torn ACL in Week 2 and got to spend a lot of time recovering and should be able to participate comfortable in OTAs and training camps.
Even with a good road to recovery, Charles could still use a reliable sidekick.
Chad Reuter of the NFL Network and Steve Wyche of NFL.com both have Alabama running back Trent Richardson being selected by Kansas City.
If Richardson and Charles play side by side, we could witness one of the fastest backfields in league history. This would also help the Chiefs get back their status as the top rushing team in the league.
DeCastro is ranked the best player at his position entering this year's draft and would be a huge upgrade over what the Chiefs have at offensive guard with Ryan Lilja and Jon Asamoah.
If Casey Wiegmann retires, Rodney Hudson would most likely step in to give the Chiefs a strong, but young core of offensive linemen.
Depending on who the quarterback is next year for the Chiefs, DeCastro will upgrade the Chiefs interior line by helping Kansas City allow fewer sacks after giving up 41 last season.
Reiff and DeCastro both bring new life to the offensive line. The biggest difference is that Reiff would be more beneficial when it comes to run-blocking.
Charles is a speedy scatback that likes to attack the outside. If Reiff runs to the outside on the snap and if Charles follows him, the Chiefs have a good chance to move the chains.
Schrager feels that even though former Iowa star Bryan Bulaga did not become a Chief in 2010, Pioli will take Reiff because of his connections with Iowa.
Both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of CBS Sports have a fairly different mock draft. However, they are able to coexist when it comes to what the Chiefs should do.
Rang and Brugler each have the Chiefs going with Dontari Poe from Memphis. Poe would be able to end the curse of defensive and nose tackles the Chiefs went through the past few years. Players like Turk McBride, Tank Tyler, Glenn Dorsey, Ron Edwards and Kelly Gregg have played the position, but allowed fans to draw comparisons between one another.
Poe, on the other hand, is very well knows for slipping through gaps and getting to opposing quarterbacks. If Tamba Hali is chasing a quarterback from one end and Poe invades the pocket from the middle, the quarterback could very well find himself sandwiched.
Many people are used to hearing DeCastro, Reiff and Richardson as possible candidates. Chiefs fans don't mind hearing Griffin's name. But hearing Poe's name added to the list of candidates isn't attractive to the eyes of many Chiefs fans.
If the Chiefs take Poe, it will for sure fill a need and help the defense to have a big year in 2012.