Chiefs draft philosophy may point to a defensive lineman

Nov 14, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at McLane Stadium. The Sooners defeat the Bears 44-34. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at McLane Stadium. The Sooners defeat the Bears 44-34. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 5, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at McLane Stadium. The Longhorns defeat the Bears 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at McLane Stadium. The Longhorns defeat the Bears 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

If you were to ask 10 different draft “experts” what the deepest position group in this draft class is I think you would find that most (if not all) would say its the interior defensive linemen. If you were to look over (and I know many of you have) numerous mock drafts and draft big boards you would consistently find as many as ten different interior defensive linemen as options in the first round. Those players include:

DeForest Buckner – Oregon – 6’7″ 291 pounds
Andrew Billings – Baylor – 6’1″ 311 pounds
Jarran Reed – Alabama – 6’3″ 307 pounds
A’Shawn Robinson – Alabama – 6’4″ 307 pounds
Sheldon Rankins – Louisville – 6’1″ 299 pounds
Robert Nkemdiche – Mississippi – 6’4″ 294 pounds
Vernon Butler – Louisiana Tech – 6’4″ 323 pounds
Kenny Clark – UCLA – 6’3″ 314 pounds
Jonathan Bullard – Florida – 6’3″ 285 pounds
Chris Jones – Mississippi State – 6’6″ 310 pounds

Are the Chiefs likely to see all ten of those players as a fit for their system? Probably not. Are the Chiefs likely to have a first round grade on all ten of those players? Probably not. However, it only takes one team to like a player enough to take him and push the others on down the draft board.

With that many players seen as first round prospects by some there is a great chance that when the Chiefs pick in the first round that a defensive line prospect that they have a high grade on is still on the board. There simply isn’t any other position group in this draft with that many different players as first round options.

What that means is that both the “best player available” philosophy that the Chiefs preach and the “prepare for the future” pattern that KC has established under John Dorsey both point to one position as the most likely first round pick and that is defensive line. On top of that, you can also make a case that with Mike DeVito still unsigned as of this writing, that defensive line is a current position of some need as well.

Next: What about the second round?