With the 44th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Jeff Allen, OL, Illinois .
With their first round pick, the Chiefs took DT Dontari Poe from the University of Memphis to add depth and talent to their defensive line, which has been hit and miss with the last several drafts. With this selection the Chiefs elect to add to their offensive line with the selection of Jeff Allen. He can play both guard or tackle and with the Chiefs' line aging this is a much-needed infusion of both youth and versatility for the team.
Allen is an excellent pass blocker and could line up either on the right side or at left guard next to Branden Albert. He is enormous at 6-5 and 315 pounds. Allen will need all the size and technique he can muster while dealing with the stout Raider defensive line, as well as the likes of Melvin Ingram and Von Miller in the AFC West. The Chiefs appear to be going with the Eagles strategy of building their teams in the trenches first and foremost.
This pick was announced by Chiefs great Will Shields.