Stanford guard David DeCastro is currently the leading vote-getter in the KCChiefs.com Mock Draft Challenge.
Thousands of Chiefs fans have already entered the free contest that challenges its competitors to correctly pick the Chiefs’ first three draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Entrants receive points for correctly picking the player who the Chiefs will select first, followed by predicting the correct positions of the Chiefs’ second and third picks.
DeCastro currently holds 36.9% of the fan vote as the Chiefs’ first selection.
“A lot of people have pushed him up pretty high at the guard position,” NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock said in a conference call last week. “I worry a little bit about whether or not how well he's going to handle a big body directly over him. But obviously I really like the kid.”
Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly currently ranks second to DeCastro and has collected 29.4% of fan ballots. Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe (8.9%), Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill (4.8%)and LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers (3.1%) round out the top-five.
Regarded by many as one of the best interior offensive lineman prospects of the last decade, DeCastro has been a mock draft favorite to land in Kansas City for quite some time. His physical dominance did not go overlooked at the collegiate level and few guard prospects have shown DeCastro’s athletic ability to pull, trap and get to the second-level of a defense.
“If you are looking for the guy that can pull, kick out and locate, that's DeCastro,” said Mayock.
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2012 KCChiefs.com Mock Draft Challenge
Leading Vote-Getters (through April 22nd)
G David DeCastro | Stanford | 36.9%
Strong, physical and coordinated, DeCastro was bred in a pro-style offense where he consistently played at an elite level. Fits seamlessly into any blocking scheme, is ready to step into a starting lineup and grades out as on the of best guard prospects in a decade.
LB Luke Kuechly | Boston College | 29.4%
Very humble, dedicated, intensely competitive and focused middle ’backer ideally suited for a 4-3 front. Is all football all the time and will make himself a fixture in the center of whatever defense drafts him for the next 10 years. One of the safest picks in the draft.
NT Dontari Poe | Memphis | 8.9%
One of the most physically gifted prospects in this year’s draft class, Poe is a “planet theory” poster boy with rare quickness, athleticism and ease of movement for his size. Could play with more snarl, but is tough and durable with big upside as a “30” front anchor.
QB Ryan Tannehill | Texas A&M | 4.8%
An intriguing, athletic quarterbacking prospect who converted from receiver as a junior and has all the physical talent to develop into an NFL starter. However, is not NFL-ready and will require some time to acclimate to the pro game.
DL Michael Brockers | LSU | 3.1%
Big, strong, instinctive, versatile raw talent with tremendous upside. Can be molded into an elite anchor and has the length and power highly desired as an edge setter in a 3-4 front.
T Riley Reiff | Iowa | 2.6%
Big-framed with a narrow waist and a long torso. Reiff needs to continue getting stronger. However, is smart, versatile, dependable and battle-tested. Comes from a program with a recent history of producing solid pros. An ascending talent who could play either side.
RB Trent Richardson | Alabama | 2.1%
Physically mature, highly competitive workout warrior with an old-school mentality. Has a rare combination of foot quickness, power and instincts that enable him to pound inside or break big runs. Franchise bellcow who should make an instant impact in the pros.
DL Fletcher Cox | Mississippi State | 1.9%
Big, smart, athletically gifted, ascending talent with terrific movement skills, disruptive ability and versatility to play different schemes and techniques. Has shown steady improvement and has big upside as a three-technique with three-down utility.
LB Dont’a Hightower | Alabama | 1.6%
A two-time team captain and respected leader who stands out most for his sheer mass, take-on strength and physicality. Has played too cautiously since his knee injury, but has clear first-round talent. Could get looks as an outside rush ’backer.
T Matt Kalil | USC | 1.0%
Well-proportioned, coordinated, balanced blind-side protector with the experience, awareness and polish to handle NFL edge rushers and generate movement in the run game. An immediate starter.
*47 other players receiving less than 1% of the vote
**Player analysis provided by Pro Football Weekly’s 2012 NFL Draft Guide