We’re a mere hours from the NF draft. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Arrowhead Addiction, we took our last shot at mocking the 2017 NFL Draft.
Round One, Pick 27
My pick: QB DeShaun Watson (Clemson)
I haven’t budged from this pick since day one, and spending the week re-watching the Chiefs 2016, I was reminded of how limiting Alex Smith is to this offense. With the help of Reid and the coaching staff the best can be brought out of him, and sitting behind Smith for a year or two will give him time to learn, and going from Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett to Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce is a rookie QB’s dream.
Brandon’s pick: RB Dalvin Cook (Florida St)
Even though he had a bad combine, his film is special. He is amazing and will be an immediate replacement for Jamaal Charles.
Round Two, Pick 59
My pick: CB Quincy Wilson (Florida)
I picked Wilson here because the Chiefs need an upgrade at corner opposite Marcus Peters, and even if Terrance Mitchell is the real deal, can you have too many good cornerbacks? Look at what the Broncos have been able to do defensively thanks to their ability to find quality defensive backs.
Brandon’s pick: ILB Rakewon McMillan (Ohio St.)
With Derrick Johnson aging, McMillan can hopefully step up and be that anchor in the middle for years to come. High motor with ability to go sideline to sideline and with the luxury of playing alongside Johnson.
Round Three, Pick 91
My pick: ILB Anthony Walker (Northwestern)
With Derrick Johnson aging (and play dropping off significantly), the Chiefs need to look at the future starting middle linebacker. Walker has a high motor and ability to play sideline to sideline. His talents would be in position to be on display often behind a talented defensive front. How can you not like a linebacker who was promoted by his school as “The Franchise.”
Brandon’s pick: CB Sidney Jones (Washington)
Jones injured his achilles at his Pro Day, so his start to the season could be delayed, once drafted – the reason the first round talent could fall to the third round. Paired with former college teammate Marcus Peters, and the Chiefs would have two lockdown corners.
Round Three, Pick 104
My pick: WR Taywan Taylor (Western Kentucky)
With Albert Wilson a restricted free agent, and neither the Chiefs nor any other team making a qualifying offer, the Chiefs receiver depth needs to be addressed. Demarcus Robinson was purely special teams last year, and while Dorsey hasn’t been big on drafting receivers early (just one before the fourth round), that should change this week.
Brandon’s pick: QB Chad Kelly (Ole Miss)
Kelly has some off the field issues, but with guidance and a strong Kansas City locker room, he will be fine.
Round Four, Pick 132
My pick: TE Bucky Hodges (Virginia Tech)
He’s a freaky athlete, and the Chiefs could use a better tight end to backup Kelce than Demetrius Harris and James O’Shaughnessy. While he still needs to work on in-line blocking, he could be a weapon for a team that used shotgun more often than before last season.
Brandon’s pick: EDGE (Missouri St.)
Much of an unknown and a little raw, this kid did nothing but impress on his Pro Day after getting snubbed from a Combine visit.
Round Five, Pick 170
My pick: RB T.J Logan (North Carolina)
Behind Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, it’s pretty lean. The Chiefs could use a third back here to spell the two, and to play on the special teams. Logan is small (5’9, 196 pounds), but his speed can’t be missed, and would certainly add juice to the Chiefs offense.
Brandon’s pick: TE Eric Staubert (Drake)
A huge red zone threat, he also possesses ability to block at the next level. Amazing athleticism, but raw. Needs to improve catching.
Round Five, Pick 180
My pick: DL Naazir Jones (North Carolina)
With the release of Jaye Howard this week, Kansas City could use more depth along the defensive line. Jones isn’t much of a pass rusher, but he’s outstanding against the run, something the Chiefs could’ve used last season.
Brandon’s pick: WR Jalen Robinette (Air Force)
Good size and speed, should transition to full-time WR after playing a hybrid position in college in the triple-option attack.
Round Six, Pick 216
My pick: EDGE Dawuane Smoot (Illinois)
With Tamba Hali aging and Justin Houston not being the picture of good health recently, the Chiefs could add more to their pass rushing department. Smoot has good lateral ability and is excellent at chasing down plays from the back-side plays.
Brandon’s pick: DT Josh Augusta (Mizzou)
Augusta is MASSIVE. He began the season at 390 pounds and played most of the season in the 370’s, but trimmed down to a slim 347 for the combine, where he ran a 5.16 40. Despite clogging the middle, he’s also athletic, lining up at FB in short yardage situations and getting the ball. Maybe we’ll see him scoring TD, like his predecessor, Poe
Round Six, Pick 218
My pick: T Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh)
Even with Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz locked down, a swing tackle that gives the Chiefs some offensive line depth would be a smart pick.
Brandon’s pick: OL Ben Braden (Michigan)
He isn’t the most athletic offensive lineman, but he is tough and aggressive and could be a cheap option as a reserve OL.
Round Seven, Pick 245
My pick: P Austin Rekhow (Idaho)
Brandon’s pick: OL Jordan Roos (Purdue)
Maybe it’s time to consider Dustin Colquitt’s replacement?
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