2011 NFL Mock Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Go for Akeem Ayers at No. 21
2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Chiefs Finding the Pass Rusher They Need
As I see it, the Kansas City Chiefs don’t have that many glaring holes they need to fill with their No. 21 pick. They could merely stand to find some upgrades at a couple positions, most notably along the offensive line and at the outside linebacker position.
If the Chiefs choose to upgrade the former, I can see them going for run-blocking extraordinaire Gabe Carimi out of Wisconsin. If they go for the latter, however, a player like UCLA’s Akeem Ayers makes sense. And if they actually get their shot at Ayers, which is no sure thing, I think they’ll take him.
Ayers’ stock has been up and down since the combine, where he embarrassed himself in the 40-yard dash, but it seems like clubs have fallen in love with him once again thanks to his game tape. The Chiefs have been rumored to be high on Ayers, and that makes sense given what he brings to the table. He’s a pretty good natural pass rusher, and the Chiefs need a player like that to take pressure off Tamba Hali.
In addition to being able to rush the passer, Ayers is also known for his playmaking abilities. He had a combined six interceptions and two forced fumbles between 2009 and 2010, and he returned two of those picks for touchdowns in ’09.
The Chiefs are a team on the rise. They had a great draft last year, and they could take hold of the AFC West for years to come if they have another great draft this year.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB |
2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB
3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR
|17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE|
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB
24. New Orleans Saints: Brooks Reed, OLB
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn, DE
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Pouncey, OG
27. Atlanta Falcons: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
28. New England Patriots: Justin Houston, OLB
|13. Detroit Lions: Aldon Smith, DE |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: J.J. Watt, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT|
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT
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