Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view outside before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Official Endorsement And Final Predictions

The 2012 NFL Draft is just hours away.

I was hired as the senior editor of Arrowhead Addict back in December of 2009. After running the site throughout the offseason, I was granted credentials to the NFL Draft and for the first time ever, AA was represented in Radio City Music Hall. I was fortunate enough to speak with Eric Berry just hours before he became a Chief. It was the most fun I’d ever had and I got to enjoy it all with the readers of AA.

Since that day in 2010, AA has become a large, thriving community. We had a blast last year with our draft coverage and this year should be even better. We’ll be having a live thread to discuss all the action, which will sit in the popular section most of the weekend. Keep it parked here tonight and throughout the weekend to enjoy the action with the other Addicts.

Now, on to business. This has been one of the toughest draft seasons yet as far as determining what the Chiefs are going to do. It could be an obvious choice like DeCastro or Kueckly or a surprise like Tannehill or Weeden.

It is time for me to finally make my official prediction for tonight. KC’s first round selection will be…

Dont’a Hightower, LB Alabama

I believe the Chiefs will trade back to #14 with the Dallas Cowboys. In return, I think the Chiefs will pick up a 3rd round selection and will give Dallas, in return, their 5th. The Chiefs slide back just a bit and take Hightower. The Cowboys snag Barron.

And for my seven-round Chiefs Mock:

1. Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama

2. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State

The Chiefs trade up from #44 to #36 in a deal struck the night before with the Tamba Bay Buccaneers. In return the Chiefs give Tampa #44 and #107 in the 4th round.

Pioli knows he needs a QB. He likes Weeden’s experience and thinks he has an accurate passer that will be ready to step up if/when Matt Cassel fails.

3. Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

The Chiefs snag Dwayne Bowe insurance with McNutt who will come endorsed by Pioli’s boy Kirk Ferentz. If the Chiefs can manage to re-sign Bowe, they’ll be a lot deeper at WR.

3. Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn

Mosley is the perfect pickup in this slot. He’s a raw talent with a ton of potential. He excelled in run blocking in Auburn. Pioli will love that he played and progressed so quickly. He gets the time he needs to learn behind Branden Albert and Eric Winston. Should Albert depart in free agency, Pioli will have options. At the very least, the Chiefs will get depth they desperately need at tackle.

6. Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M

With Peyton Manning coming to Denver, Pioli wants to continue to pump talent into his secondary. With no decent safety talent available, he snags Judie.

7. Lamont Bryant, TE, Morgan State

Pioli loves tight ends.

7. Sean Cattouse, SS, California

The Chiefs snag some safety depth with Cattouse.


All right, Addicts. I’ve gone on the record. Now it’s your turn. We’ve just about an hour to go. It is time to put up or shut up. No bragging later if you don’t weigh in!

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