Posted: Apr 27, 2012 7:41 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Apr 27, 2012 9:14 PM
KANSAS CITY (AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have drafted Illinois offensive tackle Jeff Allen with their second-round pick and Oklahoma offensive tackle Donald Stephenson giving them additional depth along their offensive line.
The Chiefs picked Allen with the No. 43 overall selection Thursday night. He was part of a run on offensive linemen in which five were taken with the first 12 picks of the second round.
Allen was a four-year starter for the Illini, starting on the right side as a freshman and moving to the left side as a sophomore. He wound up starting 47 games in his career.
The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Stephenson was lightly recruited out of high school, but emerged as a solid lineman with the Sooners. He 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 pretty 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.
The Chiefs are fairly established on the line after signing tackle Eric Winston as a free agent. Their more pressing need is at guard, and many expect Allen or starting tackle Branden Albert to eventually move inside.