With the most intense part of free agency over, John Dorsey can sit back and begin to prepare for the NFL Draft. With Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant on board, the Chiefs really don’t have to take a wide receiver in the first round now. However, they could use depth at linebacker, defensive end, and tight end.
Round One: Tackle/Guard La’El Collins (LSU)
While Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika may be substantial upgrades over Jeff Likenbach and Mike McGlynn, Kansas City needs to continue to improve their offensive line. Collins is a dominating run blocker and solid pass protector and could play along the entire offensive line, adding depth, youth, and talent.
Round Two: WR Tyler Lockett (Kansas State)
New addition Maclin may be the No. 1 wide receiver, but I can’t imagine Dorsey letting Jason Avant and Albert Wilson be the second and third receivers on the depth chart. Lockett is fast with excellent hands and route running ability. Also helping his stock is his value as a return man.
Round Three: ILB Denzel Perryman (Miami)
Derrick Johnson is getting older, so it makes sense for the Chiefs to invest in a young, talented inside linebacker. Perryman can cover well, and he’s a downright beast when it comes to finding the ball carrier and taking him down.
Round Four: TE MyCole Pruitt (Southern Illinois)
Pruitt had an impressive NFL combine numbers (1.6 10 yard split, 4.58 40 yard dash, 17 bench press reps, 38″ vertical leap, 118″ broad jump, 7.25 three cone drill, 4.37 20 yard shuttle, 11.85 60 yard shuttle) and participated only in route running and blocking drills, which he excelled in. While he is short for the position (6’2), his natural hands will make him a valuable player at the next level. The Chiefs need another good tight end to pair with Travis Kelce, and I think Pruitt could be that guy.
Round Six: CB Ifo Ekpre Olomu (Oregon)
While his rookie year might be a redshirt year due to the injury he suffered in his senior year at Oregon, Olomu was widely considered the best corner in the NFL Draft. With great speed, awareness, and ball skills, Olomu could be the next great cornerback. He would also provide solid depth.
Round Seven: OLB Shaquille Riddick (West Virginia)
If Justin Houston does sit out, the Chiefs will need depth at the outside linebacker position. Riddick has room to grow, but he has the ability to be a solid pass rusher.
- Fifth round pick traded to Saints for Grubbs
- It announced that the Chiefs will have four compensatory picks in the draft (one third round, two fifth’s and one sixth). A new mock draft is in the works to accommodate.
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