2011 NFL Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Last Minute Mock
With the start of the 2011 NFL draft less than 48 hours away, players, analysts, owners, coaches and fans are all getting anxious to find out which prospects will be wearing their respective team's colors next season.
The Chiefs' offense needs another wide receiver, an offensive tackle, a project quarterback and potentially an offensive lineman to eventually replace the aging Ryan Lilja and Brian Waters.
On defense, however, the Chiefs have one huge glaring hole at nose tackle. Additionally, the Chiefs could look to add another pass rushing outside linebacker and a potential inside linebacker.
It is intriguing and entertaining to explore what talent is available to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2011 draft. This is the first time in three years that the Chiefs have selected outside of the top five, so Scott Pioli's drafting strategy might change a little bit compared to prior years.
Round 1, Pick 21: Gabe Carimi
Carimi is one of the more athletic offensive linemen in the 2011 NFL draft. Combine that athleticism with a high football IQ and you have a Scott Pioli draft pick.
Standing at 6’7” and 315 pounds, Carimi is NFL ready with a huge wingspan and muscular frame. Carimi is a great run blocker who will make the Chiefs' No. 1 rushing offense even scarier.
At times Carimi struggles against speed rushers, but he has good strength to anchor and seal. Carimi is a power blocking tackle that could shore up the right side of the Chiefs' line.
Round 2, Pick 55: Stephen Paea
Ron Edwards is a stop gap at best, so the Chiefs need a long-term solution to step into the NT position. Look for Stephen Paea to be that long-term solution for the Chiefs.
Paea has a good initial burst off the line and possesses excellent strength to bull rush offensive linemen back into the pocket. Paea is hard to move off the line, has a great ability to tie up blocks in the middle and routinely requires double teams.
Paea has a lot of upside, especially for a guy that only played three seasons of football prior to playing for Oregon State in 2008. Paea is a high-effort player who was voted a team Co-Captain in 2009 by his teammates.
Round 3, Pick 86: Edmund Gates
Gates might be small school prospect, but he has the potential to be big-time star in the NFL. Gates, who is 6’0” and 190 pounds, ran an impressive combine 40-yard dash with a time of 4.37 seconds.
Many scouts think Gates is more advanced at the same stage of his career than former ACU star Johnny Knox was when he entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick. Gates would be ideal for stretching the field and opening up the middle for Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster.
Round 4, Pick 118: Tim Barnes
There is a good chance that Casey Wiegmann will retire after the 2011 season, if he does not retire this offseason. The Chiefs will need a successor and some insurance in case Wiegmann does indeed hang it up.
Barnes is listed as 6’4”, 300 pounds with good quickness and strength and often got to the second level to take on linebackers. The Chiefs run a zone blocking scheme that relies on athletic offensive lineman to quickly get to defenders and create creases for the backs. Barnes fits the mold of the Chiefs' blocking scheme perfectly.
Round 5, Pick 135: Bilal Powell
Powell was named first-team All-Big East with 1,405 yards and 11 scores in 2010, his first year of substantial playing time. Powell is 5’11” and 210 pounds, but he plays much bigger.
Powell has the power and toughness to run between the tackles, while also possessing the speed to break a big run on the outside.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Chiefs will have an official visit or private workout with Powell. If Powell impresses, look for the Chiefs to pick him up in the middle of the draft.
Round 5, Pick 140: Justin Trattou
At some point during the 2011 NFL draft the Chiefs should focus on adding depth and a pass rushing threat opposite of Tamba Hali. To address this position the Chiefs should select Justin Trattou, an OLB out of Florida.
Trattou was one of those individuals that never got an opportunity, as he was stuck behind Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham until his senior season. Trattou showed patience, a hard work ethic and dedication behind Dunlap and Cunningham.
That patience and hard work paid off as Trattou was named the team captain of the Gators' defense. Trattou capitalized on being the starter during his senior year by delivering 57 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, two sacks and one interception.
Round 6, Pick 199: Ryan Jones
I have to give a shout out to my fellow B/R Chiefs Featured Columnist Bill Robbins for opening my eyes to this kid. The local product from Liberty, Missouri would be a great late-round pick for the Chiefs. While cornerback does not seem to be a need for the Chiefs, Scott Pioli is always looking to add depth. Add that to the fact that both Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr only have one year left on their respective contracts and this pick makes sense.
Jones had 14 interceptions over his career at Northwest Missouri State. During Jones’ senior season he was named a D-II All-American. The Chiefs have proven they are not against taking small school players with upside, and Jones has a lot of upside.
Round 7, Pick 223: Greg McElroy
Greg McElroy's leadership and experience earned him the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback job in 2009. During McElroy’s two years as a starter he demonstrated good ability to read coverage’s and make the right decisions.
McElroy is a tough quarterback who would fit right in with the Chiefs. McElroy’s mechanics are above average, but with Chiefs quarterback coach Jim Zorn he could develop his accuracy and become a very solid quarterback.
McElroy’s football IQ and willingness to learn makes him a good candidate to become a great projected quarterback. McElroy's intelligence and game-management skills would be a definite step up from Brodie Croyle as the Chiefs' primary backup quarterback.