With the No. 44 pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Illinois offensive tackle Jeff Allen. Allen is the 12th-rated prospect at his position. He served as a team captain for the Fighting Illini last season, and has the versatility to pay on either the left or right side of the line.

Jon Gruden, MNF commentator on ESPN, said that Allen could also play the guard position for the Chiefs.  The Chiefs then used the 74th pick in the third round to select Oklahoma offensive tackle Donald Stephenson.

The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Stephenson started 10 games at left tackle as a junior and every game his senior season, when he was among the best tackles in the Big 12.  Kansas City was fairly solid along the offensive line even before spending two of its first three picks on additional depth. The Chiefs picked Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe with their first-round pick Thursday night.