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Kansas City Chiefs 2012 Draft: 10 Prospects Team Should Target in Early Rounds

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2016

Kansas City Chiefs 2012 Draft: 10 Prospects Team Should Target in Early Rounds

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    In just one day, the 2012 NFL draft will be here.

    Teams around the league are scrambling to make their last-second updates to their big board in preparation for the draft.

    This includes the Kansas City Chiefs, who will kick off their '12 draft with the No. 11 overall selection on Thursday night.

    The possibilities are endless for Kansas City with its first three rounds of picks, as there will likely be many intriguing options to choose from, including Boston College's Luke Kuechly and Arizona State's Brock Osweiler.

    Here are 10 prospects that KC should target in the first two days of the draft this year.

QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State

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    The strong-armed former Arizona State quarterback could be a good fit for the Chiefs in this draft.

    He stands 6'7" and is one of the most accurate signal-callers in his draft class.

    The Kalispell, Montana, native threw  26 TD passes last year for the Sun Devils and finished with a QB rating of nearly 141.

    KC should target the Osweiler in the second round if he is still there when their turn comes up.

    Projected Round: 2

QB Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

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    Ex-Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins has seen his draft stock shoot up over the past couple months.

    Once viewed at is a a possible late-round pick, many are now projecting Cousins as either a second- or third-rounder, considering his size and the arm strength that he possesses.

    After all, he threw for over 9,100 yards, 66 touchdowns and completed around 68 percent of his passes in his MSU career, easily making him the best quarterback in school history.

    Although Cousins or the aforementioned Osweiler would not likely Matt Cassel as the starting QB for KC in 2012, they could both sit out this year and possibly next year, before they could take over on a permanent basis at QB for this team.

    Projected Round: 2

OG David DeCastro, Stanford

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    Aside from ILB Luke Kuechly, former Stanford guard David DeCastro might just be the safest pick for the Chiefs in the first round of this year's draft.

    DeCastro was a first-team All-American selection last year for the Cardinal and is rated as the top guard in his draft class by many NFL scouts.

    His elite run-blocking ability could earn him many trips to the Pro Bowl.

    There is no question that the Chiefs will target him in the first round of the draft, as he fills a current position of need at left guard.

    Projected Round: 1

OG Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

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    If the Chiefs aren't able to land DeCastro in the first round, it's very possible that they could elect to go with former Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler.

    Zeitler was a right guard during his entire collegiate career, but has the versatility to play at either guard position.

    He's also very durable, as the ex-Badger finished out his collegiate career by starting in 39 straight contests.

    He could be a viable option with the Chiefs' second-round pick.

    Projected Round: 2

OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida State

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    After KC signed free-agent tackle Eric Winston earlier this offseason, many thought that the team wouldn't address that position in the draft.

    Although it seems likely that they won't address it in the first two rounds, the third round could be a different story.

    That is where former Florida State OT Zebrie Sanders might be taken, as his ability to play both tackle positions might be too much for Chiefs' GM Scott Pioli to pass up.

    Sanders could also provide quality insurance for starting tackles Branden Albert and Eric Winston in the future.

    Projected Round: 3

DT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington

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    As we close in on the '12 NFL draft, the Chiefs have still not addresses the nose tackle position.

    With combine hero Dontari Poe likely out of the question for KC, there is only one DT that I see them targeting in the early rounds of the draft.

    His name is Alameda Ta'amu out of the University of Washington.

    At 6'3", 348 pounds, Ta'amu is the perfect size for a 3-4 defensive tackle at the next level and could possibly come in and make an impact on this defense in his rookie campaign.

    Projected Round: 2

OLB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia

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    West Virginia's Bruce Irvin is a freak of an athlete at his outside linebacker position.

    He's also known for being a solid pass-rusher, which is something that KC desperately needs in its defense right now.

    His 14 sacks led the Big East last year and he definitely is capable of making big plays at the next level.

    With his recent run-in with the law, Irvin's stock has likely dropped some, but he could be a steal in Day 2 of the draft.

    Projected Round: 3

ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College

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    Kuechly might just be the best linebacker in this entire draft class.

    The 6'3", 242-pound ILB is very instinctive for his position and is fundamentally sound against the run and in coverage as well.

    In his three years at Boston College, he was all over the field on defense as he racked up an astounding 509 tackles for the Eagles during that time.

    Kuechly could come in and start right away, while instantly improving this KC defense for next season and beyond.

    Projected Round: 1

S Brandon Taylor, LSU

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    Last season, the Chiefs showed off their lack of depth at the safety position once Pro Bowler Eric Berry was lost for the season in Week 1.

    With Berry coming back from in his torn ACL this year, it wouldn't hurt to have some insurance for KC's defensive star of the backfield.

    Former LSU safety Brandon Taylor should be targeted by Kansas City on Day 2 of the draft, as he has the ability to play either free safety or strong safety.

    In a draft class that appears to be thin at safety, Taylor could be a great value pick in the third round for the Chiefs.

    Projected Round: 3

CB Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt

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    In today's pass-happy NFL, teams can never have enough defensive backs on their roster.

    Ex-Vandy CB Casey Hayward would not only give the Chiefs more depth in their secondary, but he could potentially become a starter for this defense as well.

    One of his biggest strengths is in man coverage, which is also one of the main qualities that KC head coach Romeo Crennel looks for in cornerbacks that play in his defensive system.

    After taking Javier Arenas in the second round of the '10 NFL draft, don't be surprised if the Chiefs do it again with Casey Hayward this year.

    Projected Round: 2

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