KC Chiefs Mock Draft: Round 7 Garth Gerhart

Garth Gerhart (Arizona State)

With the first of the Chief's two seventh round selections, the Kansas City select Arizona State Center Garth Gerhart.

For the Chiefs, the 2012 NFL draft is all about depth. With some well-planned moves in free agency, the Chiefs have set themselves up nicely to build depth throughout the entire NFL draft. But finding a gem or two at the tale end of the draft could yield a few surprises.

The Chiefs seem set with tackles Brandon Albert and recently added Eric Winston. At guard, Chiefs head coach and new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll likely have a fluid situation with veteran Ryan Lilja struggling in 2011 but young guard Jon Asamoah is looks ready to settle in next to Albert on the left side. This leaves only the center position as the big question.

Although the Chiefs drafted Rodney Hudson to be the heir apparent to veteran Casey Weigman, Hudson had a slow rookie campaign due to the strike shortened offseason and never fully got into a comfort zone.

All indications point to Weigman retirement leaving Hudson with some distance to make up from year one to starting center in year two.

Even if Hudson ascends into the starting role, the Chiefs will need a player capable of backing up the young center---in walks Garth Gerhart.

At the NFL Combines, Gerhart was sized up at 6-1, 314lbs. Since then he's been a workout warrior getting stronger. Add that with what has many NFL scouts marveling at this athletic ability and he could be a bargain in the seventh round for the Chiefs.

Gerhart is the younger brother of Viking running back Toby Gerhart who was drafted by Minnesota 51st overall in 2010 and is smart enough to head the advice of his senior sibling.

With a good frame, Gerhart has the potential to fill into a backup role for the Chiefs as a sliding guard/center, which is considered a hot commodity until the NFL changes their 53-man roster rules.

Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli loves versatility when it comes to ranking potential draft selections but more than that, he likes a sure thing---at least as close as you can get to one. And although the seventh round is anything but a surefire region, Garth Gerhardt is a "get what you see" kind of football player.

Gerhardt, much like his older brother, is known for his high motor and lunch pail approach to the gridiron. Though his stock could rise over the coming months, Gerhart would be a solid pickup early in round seven with the potential to not only contribute in the future but add some much needed depth to a position where the Chiefs currently have none.

In the seventh round, there isn't much to be expected. But with the pick of Gerhart, the Chiefs would have a player that would not only push for a practice squad spot but also bring up the level of competition around him and might some day push Hudson for a starting role on the Chiefs offensive line.
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