Kansas City Chiefs Draft: Why David DeCastro Is the Smartest Option at No. 11

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIApril 23, 2012

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 17:  Guard David DeCastro #52 of the Stanford Cardinal during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The Cardinal defeated the Wildcats 37-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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We are days away from the 2012 NFL draft, and the Kansas City Chiefs have a big decision to make with the 11th pick.

Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli did a great job of signing Stanford Routt, who will replace Brandon Carr as the No. 2 cornerback on the team. Pioli also signed offensive tackle Eric Winston as the team's new right tackle.

The Chiefs also have quarterback Brady Quinn, running back Peyton Hillis and tight end Kevin Boss to create strong depth on offense.

Most of the media and Chiefs fans agree that the team should select offensive guard David DeCastro in this week's draft. But there are other options on the table for the Chiefs.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, defensive tackle Dontari Poe, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and linebacker Luke Kuechly have all been projected, at one point or another, to go No. 11 in the draft.

Although the Chiefs must address their holes at the nose tackle and linebacker positions in the draft, they should not do so in the first round.

DeCastro is a unique and rare guard who the Chiefs shouldn't pass on, as there may not be a guard like him for a long time.

The Chiefs were fortunate enough to have All-Pro guards Will Shields and Brian Waters for a long period of time, and with a good guard in Jon Asamoah, they can establish a strong foundation on offense by adding DeCastro to the team.

DeCastro can help Jamaal Charles and Hillis rebound in the rushing department. He also gives quarterback Matt Cassel a reliable guard, giving him the time he needs to make the right throw.

If the Chiefs pass on DeCastro and take Poe, it should not be considered an erroneous move. However, the Chiefs could be missing out on a guard who can make an impact on any NFL team.

The Chiefs desperately need another guard to help complete a good offensive line. In adding one, the Chiefs will have better offensive outputs. Their drives will last longer, and field goals could turn into touchdowns.

Kansas City has a lot of potential and could surprise teams in the AFC West. By taking DeCastro, the Chiefs offense could be a force to be reckoned with this season.