With the combine over, Clark Hunt, Brett Veach and Andy Reid have work to do regarding the Chiefs roster. They’ve already traded Alex Smith and Marcus Peters for three draft picks and slot corner Kyle Fuller. Chiefs greats Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, along with safety Ron Parker, were salary cap casualties.
Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Kingdom Connection, we’re taking our first dart-board shot at mocking the 2018 Chiefs Draft.
Brandon: No picks barring unforeseen crazy trade. Don’t anticipate it.
Round 2, pick 22
Brandon: Edge rusher Ogbonnia Okornkwo (Oklahoma)
O2, as I like to call him, would have an instant impact for Chiefs. He brings heat from the edge and gives much-needed pass rush help to Justin Houston.
Devereaux: S Kyzir White (West Virginia)
The Chiefs need a starting strong safety opposite Eric Berry, especially someone who plays the run better than the man he’s replacing, Ron Parker.
Round 3, pick 14
Brandon: CB Levi Wallace (Alabama)
Some consider him underrated, and others the best corner in the nation. He is a very talented CB who will instantly help the Chiefs Secondary. The addition of Fuller, David Amerson, Wallace and the return of Berry will make our secondary much better than 2017, even without lockdown Marcus Peters.
Devereaux: Edge rusher Jeff Holland (Auburn)
The Chiefs have already dipped into Auburn waters to address their pass rush issues. With Hali’s release, KC desperately needs edge rushers. Holland had 13.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks last season, and paring him with last year’s pick Kpassagnon could give the Chiefs a deadly rush.
Round 3, pick 22
Brandon: WR Keke Coutee (Texas Tech)
Coutee adds receiver depth, and he could help in the return game with Tyreek Hill backing off some of his return duties. Coutee also could already have chemistry with Patrick Mahomes (also from Texas Tech).
Devereaux: WR Deon Cain (Auburn)
Veach has already hinted at the Chiefs being active in the receiver market, and while it’s likely they add a body during free agency, the draft offers intriguing prospects as well. Veach and Reid also said that they want speedy, big-play receivers to pair with Mahomes, and Cain, who ran 4.43 at the combine, represents that.
Round 4, pick 22
Brandon: TE/FB/RB Jaylen Samuels (NC State)
Called the Swiss Army Knife by many, Samuels can play almost anywhere you put him. Not someone who is gonna be a No.1 at any position but, a player who gives you versatility to play anywhere needed.
Devereaux: ILB Tegray Scales (Indiana)
With DJ gone, the Chiefs need an ILB opposite Reggie Ragland. Scales was extremely productive in college (36 TFL and 13 sacks over the last 2 seasons), and his solid coverage skills will help solidify the remake of the Chiefs defense.
Round 4, pick 24
Brandon: DL Deadrin Senat (South Florida)
Senat has some work to do but, this will add solid depth to a very depleted defensive line.
Devereaux: CB Holton Hill (Texas)
There are some maturity issues, but the size (6’3) and speed (4.49) will entice a team lacking the corners to play in their man-heavy scheme.
Brandon: No picks currently but, could easily get back into the fifth with a trade on or before draft day.
I like Senat as much as Brandon, but the reason I have him lower is that he doesn’t offer anything as a pass rusher. He is strong and plays the run well, something the Chiefs need. Chiefs can grab him in the fifth if they move into that round.
Round 6, pick 35
Brandon: LB Leon Jacobs (Wisconsin)
Unlikely to be a starter, but has a lot of upside and could surprise many at the ILB position. A hard hitter who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.
Devereaux: TE Chris Herndon (Miami)
The Chiefs could use an athletic back-up to Travis Kelce, especially after watching the offense die when he was lost in the second-half of their playoff meltdown.
Round 7, pick 15
Brandon: S Evan Berry (Tennessee)
The brother of All-Pro Eric Berry, Evan is another return specialist who has had some injury issues. If he can stay healthy along side his brother, they could be a dynamic duo.
Devereaux: QB Nic Shimonek (Texas Tech)
I think the Chiefs find Mahomes a backup through free agency, but a QB3 would be needed if they choose not to retain Tyler Bray.
Round 7, pick 25
Brandon: RB Phillip Lindsay (Colorado)
Nicknamed the Tasmanian Devil, he is an underrated RB that has the speed and the moves to take it to the house on any play. Rough around the edges but, under OC Eric Bienemy, I think he would excel in a rotational role.
Devereaux: RB Jordan Wilkins (Ole Miss)
Depth for a backfield that saw multiple guys miss time last season.
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