KC Chiefs Mock Draft Round 2: Amini Silatolu

With the twelfth pick of round 2 (44 overall) the Kansas City Chiefs select Midwestern State Offensive Tackle Amini Silatolu.

Last year at this time, Amini Silatolu probably wasn't a name you were familiar with heading into the NFL Draft. But since then Silatolu ,may have made the biggest climb in draft boards than any other collegiate player. Known as a guy that has the potential to play every position on the front-5, it is surprising that Silatolu ended up at seldom mentioned Midwestern State.

Though still relatively unknown by the draft junkies, Silatolu's freakish athletic ability mixed with rare mobility and quickness has scouts salivating but could the Division II dominator land in KC?

Silatolu toyed with his competition at Midwestern State and will experience a significant increase in talent at the NFL level. Coupled with that will be a rigorous schedule of film room and playbook study which many people peg as possibly his only weakness.

Silatolu had numerous scholarship offers to BCS schools but failed to meet academic requirements. In fact, even graduating high school was a tough task for Silatolu but the fact that he did persevere and make it through college says a lot about his character and mental toughness.

The Chiefs are set with their bookend tackles with Brandon Albert coming off his best year as a pro and the addition of free agent Eric Winston. Both where highly ranked in their respective positions in 2011 and should be even better in 2012.

The Chiefs have a budding young guard in Jon Asamoah but past that there are many questions the Chiefs must answer before hosting the Falcons on September 9th.

First and foremost, who will be snapping the ball to the quarterback?

Right now it looks like last year's second round selection Rodney Hudson will be the guy.

Guard Ryan Lilja had his worst season as a pro in 2011 and the Chiefs must be looking to add competition at the position. Amini would not only bring that competition, but may bring an upgrade as well.

But what makes Silatolu such an interesting and valuable player is the notion that Silatolu could theoretically play any position on the line. Given the Chiefs current question marks at the position, this kind of versatility could be invaluable to the KC.

Let's also not forget how much Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli covets versatility. In 2010 Pioli surprised nearly everyone with the selection of both Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster in the second round. Though Arenas was a defensive back and McCluster was a running back the two had one commonality: they were versatile.

Both players could fill numerous roles which is something that makes coaches very happy when it's time to trim down to a 53-man roster. With Silatolu on the roster, the Chiefs would have many more options at the offensive line.

Round 3: WR A.J. Jenkins

Round 4: DT Vontaze Burfict

Round 5: DT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste

Round 6: QB B.J. Coleman

Round 7: T Chandler Burton

Round 7: C Garth Gerhart

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Is the small school prospect too much of a reach for the Chiefs in round two?


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