As the Draft is about to launch, the pre-draft merry-go-round has come full circle. Today, I give you my final mock draft for the Kansas City Chiefs. It is based on scheme-fit, athleticism and the intangible traits the team’s leaders look for.
This isn’t to say it is a prediction fo what Bret Veach and Andy Reid will do. It represents players that can bring this roster’s talent up quickly in key positions. At each Day-3 slot, I have added several options to a “Watchlist”. If these prospects fall to the Kansas City pick, the Chiefs would do best to grab them.
#54 – 2nd Round #22
Justin Reid, S – Stanford
Versatility is what the Chiefs covet in their safeties, despite the glaring need for a true center-fielder. Bob Sutton can use Reid in many roles due to Reid versatility. At Stanford, Reid did it all, lining up as an in-box safety, nickel corner and deep safety. He has elite Deep Range and Short-area Quickness. He shows the instincts in zone and attitude in run support that the team likes. He would give the defense another safety that can eventually play interchangeably with Eric Berry. He should be available on day 2 despite recent “riser” tags, but the Chiefs may need to move into the low 40s to get him.
Watch list: Lorenzo Carter, OLB; Isiah Oliver, CB, Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
#78 – 3rd Round #14 (from Washington)
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB – Oklahoma
Undersized and under-appreciated, the Chiefs grab a pass-rusher with upside. He has long experience playing OLB in both coverage and pass-rush. Okoronkwo came in at 6013 at the Senior Bowl. While that is on the small side, it is not unheard of. The Chiefs’ Dee Ford is only 5/8 of an inch taller. To top it all off, OO’s arm length was measured at 34.5 inches. That’s 1.5 inches longer than Ford’s. He needs to work on his hands and counters, but his motor does not stop.
Watch list: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU; B.J. Hill, DL, NC State
#86 – 3rd Round #22
Quenton Meeks, CB/S – Stanford
Chiefs like smart players and look at a second Stanford Cardinal. Meeks has the size and build to be an outside corner in both Man and zone coverage schemes. Meeks had success in 2017 with 65 tackles, eight passes defensed and two interceptions. He plays intelligently and understands the game. Furthermore, he has a reputation for being a film Hound, much like Kendall Fuller. With his football IQ and instincts, he could be an excellent fit in the KC secondary. His value has risen a bit to the late 3rd round.
Watchlist: Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College, Tarvarious Moore, S, Southern Miss
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Flashback to 2014 for Kelvin Benjamin’s Draft Science
He was a poster Child… literally the image at the top of the 2014 Draft Science article on the Wide receivers in that years’ NFL Draft.
Now, He’s a Kansas City Chief…
Here’s the pdf of the original Draft breakdown… Draft Science 2014 – the WRs
AFC West post-draft tour – Who got Better?
- Broncos get an ace pass rusher
- Elway missed the mark
- What is Oakland doing?
- Chargers make good moves, will contend for AFCW title
- Chiefs defense will improve, but is it enough?
- AFCW quarterbacks
Chiefs GM’s plan – Get Tougher on Defense
Chiefs GM Brett Veach had one goal for the 2018 Draft. Ge Tougher.
Let’s talk about the draft picks and what they mean for the 2018 season.
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Additions will help the defenses new faces. Depth will pay off. Attitude goes a long way.