The Kansas City Chiefs have their entire fanbase torn after using the 11th overall pick last night on Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe. But what’s done is done and now off to Day 2, where the Chiefs are currently slated to pick at No. 44 and 74—which could change if tonight mimics last night’s eight total deals.
With a few holes left to fill at offensive guard, middle linebacker and safety, and the possibility of still adding depth across the defensive line, the Chiefs will be very focused on certain players they have on their draft board.
However, some fans are geeked at the prospect of the Chiefs ridding their fear of selecting quarterbacks, and would like to see them draft an arm. Needless to say, the results of tonight’s picks could come with just as much reaction as the selection of Poe in Round 1.
Since the Chiefs decided to pass on offensive guard David DeCastro out of Stanford, it is imperative they address that need tonight. Bringing in an interior lineman will cap off what could be one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, which also features tackles Branden Albert and newly-signed Eric Winston.
While Cordy Glenn, out of Georgia, would fit well, it is likely the Chiefs would have to trade up for a shot at him since he is one of the highest rated remaining players. This could lead them into taking a long look at Wisconsin center Peter Konz.
Although he played center throughout his college career, Konz is a very good candidate to switch to guard for teams that already have a snapper or need his flexibility. Although not as quick, his intense work ethic and determination allow him to make up for that.
With seemingly no huge weakness in his technique, Konz could come right in and start at guard for the Chiefs, pushing veteran Ryan Lilja to be the primary backup and helping Chiefs fans forget about them passing on DeCastro.
With defensive tackle and interior lineman checked off for the Chiefs, they should be looking in the direction of middle linebacker to help alleviate the pressure put on Derrick Johnson to make so many plays. However, cornerback Trumaine Johnson out of Montana might be hard to pass on in the third round.
The Chiefs have had success in the past in coaching up cornerbacks drafted in the later rounds in Brandon Flowers (Round 2) and Brandon Carr (Round 5), who signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.
Although the Chiefs replaced Carr with former Oakland Raider Stanford Routt, you can never have too many cornerbacks in a league that has gotten extremely pass-happy over the past few years. If Routt’s penalty issues carry over to his new team, Johnson will pick up a larger role as the season progresses—something he should embrace.
Johnson is a big corner, standing at 6’2” and 204 pounds. And although he does lack top-end speed (4.61 in the 40-yard dash), he possesses just enough of it to stand out at the position in the NFL and would make a good complement to Flowers on the other side or in nickel situations.