2011 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft - Kansas City Chiefs

Mock Goodell strides to the podium to announce the twentieth mock pick. He is briefly interrupted by three mock lawyers, who whisper something into his mock ear about a mock lawsuit having been recently filed concerning the recent mock mock promise to previous mock picks about mock cookies in the mock Radio City Hall's back alley.

While briefly concerned about how he will proceed to lockout the rest of the mock draft picks, he then continues on his way to the podium. "And with the twentieth pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select... Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa!"

Quick thinking mock Goodell then told mock Clayborn that he forgot his new jersey out back, thus securing the lockout of another player without actually having to lie about Todd_haley_mediumcookies.

That's right- it looks like the Bucs will be solving their key weakness, and that's the lack of a significant pass rush. Running a 4-3 scheme meant that it was probably going to be a DE over an OLB, and considering their division includes the likes of Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Jimmy Clausen (snicker snicker), it makes sense that they would want to increase the pressure on those guys in order to become legitimate contenders. It's also worth noting that Tampa's lone Super Bowl win came thanks to such an epic defense that their QB situation didn't even matter. (It also didn't hurt that the Raider's QB, Rich Gannon, decided to suck it up for that one particular game... it's not like it was an important one, after all. Oh, and that Tampa's head coach had, you know, coached their opponents just the season before.)

So now we move onto pick #21, the beginning of those who made it to the playoffs. This pick belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs, who while making quite an impressive jump in their division (and a division that shouldn't be underestimated- while the Broncos were, well, the Broncos, let's keep in mind they had to contend with the Chargers and a resurging Raiders), were still a one-and-out playoff team. What will the Chiefs do in the draft to secure their spot atop the AFC West, and what will they need to make deeper playoff runs in the future? 

I'm guessing that while Matt Cassel at times doesn't live up to the high hopes he brought with him to KC, they won't exactly be looking to replace him anytime soon. So what will they do for their offense? I'm thinking get a solid WR for Cassel to throw to, a go-to guy he can count on. Of course, you could argue the same thing for TE- basically, to help make up for Cassel's occasional erratic play on offense, you'll want a great receiver who can make him look good (a la Randy Moss during Cassel's big year in NE). The reason why I put WR over TE is because, in my opinion, your options at TE for this draft just aren't too great.

But that's my opinion, and I am but one vote in game of DN mock draft. Vote away, my faithful Viking brethren, and let's see who the Chiefs will be going with!

Draft Recap:

  1. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton, quarterback, Auburn
  2. Denver Broncos - Patrick Peterson, cornerback, LSU
  3. Buffalo Bills - Marcell Dareus, defensive tackle, Alabama
  4. Cincinnati Bengals - Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, Missouri
  5. Arizona Cardinals - Von Miller, linebacker, Texas A&M
  6. Cleveland Browns - A.J. Green, wide receiver, Georgia
  7. San Francisco 49ers - Prince Amukamara, cornerback, Nebraska
  8. Tennessee Titans - Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn
  9. Dallas Cowboys - Tyron Smith, offensive tackle, USC
  10. Washington Redskins - Julio Jones, wide receiver, Alabama
  11. Houston Texans - Da'Quan Bowers, defensive end, Clemson
  12. Minnesota Vikings - Jake Locker, quarterback, Washington
  13. Detroit Lions - Robert Quinn, defensive end, North Carolina
  14. St. Louis Rams - Cameron Jordan, defensive end, California
  15. Miami Dolphins - Mark Ingram, running back, Alabama
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars - J.J. Watt, defensive end, Wisconsin
  17. New England Patriots - Aldon Smith, defensive end/outside linebacker, Missouri
  18. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end, Purdue
  19. New York Giants - Mike Pouncey, offensive guard, Florida
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Adrian Clayborn, defensive end, Iowa
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