The Chiefs Weekly Draft Board

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    Get ready everyone!  We are headed into NFL Draft week!  The anticipation is killing me, and for all of you draft nuts out there, I know you’re feeling it too.  Last week, we looked at the positions the Chiefs needed most and the rounds in which they might focus on filling those needs.  This week, it’s all about the prospects!  There are hundreds of players who might have their name called before the 7th and final round draws to a close.  Out of them all, I have picked out the players that stand out to me as really nice potential fits with the Red and Gold.  While KC may not pick a single one of the players on my list, these are the guys who keep popping up when I run through my mock drafts in preparation for the event.

     

    Round 2 Considerations

    CB Carlton Davis – Auburn -6’1” 203

    Physical man coverage corner

    CB Quenton Meeks – Stanford-6’2” 205

    Technically sound coach’s son

    CB Donte Jackson – LSU-5’11” 175

    Fastest player in the draft

    OLB Arden Key – LSU-6’6” 238

    DeMarcus Ware clone; dedication concerns

    OLB Josh Sweat – Florida State-6’4” 251

    High ceiling, so-so production

    OLB Jeff Holland – Auburn-6’2” 249

    Relentless rusher, high floor, low ceiling

    C/G Frank Ragnow – Arkansas- 6’5” 309

    Best center in the draft, may sneak into round 1

    C/G Billy Price – Ohio State – 6’4” 312

    Tough and experienced

    C/G Martinas Rankin – Mississippi State – 6’5” 305

    Arguably the most versatile OL in the draft

    OT Orlando Brown – Oklahoma – 6’8” 360

    Bloodlines, talent, historically bad Combine

    TE Mike Gesicki – Penn State – 6’6” 252

    Not a blocker, but an explosive receiver

    TE Dallas Goedert – South Dakota State – 6’4” 250

    I see a smaller Travis Kelce on tape

    DL Harrison Phillips – Stanford – 6’4” 307

    Strong, insane tackle production, safe selection

    NT Tim Settle – Virginia Tech – 6’3” 335

    Behind only Vita Vea on my NT board

     

    As for the remainder of the draft, it will all depend on how much each team values each individual player.  The rankings on these guys vary tremendously from site to site, but they are all players I would be glad to see the Chiefs add to the team.

     

    WR’s

    Michael Gallup – Colorado State – 6’1” 205

    Efficient and productive

    Jaleel Scott – New Mexico State – 6’5” 215

    Lanky deep-ball tracker

    Keke Coutee – Texas Tech – 5’11” 180

    Fast, return man option, played with Mahomes

    Dylan Cantrell – Texas Tech – 6’3” 212

    Possession receiver, played with Mahomes

    D.J. Chark – LSU – 6’3” 199

    Fastest WR at the Combine, good size too

     

     

    TE’s

    Jaylen Samuels – NC State – 5’11” 223

    Look up Larry Centers from the 90s

    Troy Fumagalli – Wisconsin – 6’6” 248

    Looks like a 10-year #2 TE

    Durham Smythe – Notre Dame – 6’5” 257

    The best blocking TE in this class

    Dalton Schultz – Stanford – 6’6” 242

    Late riser from a school that produces NFL TE’s

    Cam Serigne – Wake Forest – 6’3” 250

    Fantastic production for all four years

     

     

    OT’s

    Geron Christian – Louisville – 6’6” 318

    Isn’t ready yet, but looks like a future starter

    Alex Cappa – Humboldt State – 6’7” 305

    Project player to stash for 2019

    Brian O’Neill – Pittsburgh – 6’7” 305

    Athletic enough to go in the top 50

    Timon Parris – Stony Brook – 6’5” 320

    May ultimately play inside, nice upside

     

     

    OG’s

    Braden Smith – Auburn – 6’6” 303

    Instant starter at left guard

    Wyatt Teller – Virginia Tech – 6’4” 301

    Instant starter at left guard

    Skyler Phillips – Idaho State – 6’3” 324

    Powerful run blocker

     

     

    C’s

    Will Clapp – LSU – 6’5” 314

    Typical LSU inside lineman with plus-versatility

    Bradley Bozeman – Alabama – 6’5” 309

    Not a great athlete, but ready to play early

    Scott Quessenberry – UCLA – 6’4” 315

    Versatile, extremely underrated

    Brian Allen – Michigan State – 6’1” 300

    Reminds me a bit of Tim Grunhard

     

     

    DE’s

    Rasheem Green – USC- 6’5” 275

    Needs to add some weight, but solid all-around

    Da’Shawn Hand – Alabama – 6’4” 297

    Potential is high, hasn’t realized it yet

    Jalyn Holmes – Ohio State – 6’5” 270

    Safe pick, solid rotational guy

    Breeland Speaks – Mississippi – 6’3” 285

    Tough against the run, not great as a rusher

     

     

    NT’s

    Derrick Nnadi – Florida State – 6’1” 299

    Size is the only question mark for me

    Nathan Shepherd – Fort Hays State – 6’5” 315

    The kid just down the road has serious upside

    Poona Ford – Texas – 5’11” 303

    A fire hydrant in the middle

    Deadrin Senat – South Florida – 6’0” 314

    Might be a late round steal

    Will Geary – Kansas State – 6’0” 298

    Not pretty but gets the job done consistently

    Foley Fatukasi – UConn – 6’4” 315

    May need a year but has starter upside

     

     

    ILB’s

    Tegray Scales – Indiana – 6’0” 230

    Rangy tackle machine with coverage skill

    Fred Warner – BYU – 6’3” 227

    Very athletic, hasn’t fully put it together yet

    Josey Jewell – Iowa – 6’1” 235

    Looks like a special teams ace at worst

    Shaun Dion Hamilton – Alabama – 6’0” 233

    Health is a major concern, very smart player

    Dorian O’Daniel – Clemson – 6’1” 215

    Super productive, LB/SS tweener

     

     

    OLB’s

    Kemoko Turay – Rutgers – 6’5” 252

    Looks the part, still developing

    Dorance Armstrong Jr – Kansas – 6’4” 246

    Great player in a terrible program

    Ja’Von Rolland-Jones – Arkansas State – 6’2” 244

    Small school sack master

    Joe Ostman – Central Michigan – 6’3” 255

    Highly productive, low ceiling

     

     

    CB’s

    Greg Stroman – Virginia Tech – 6’0” 180

    Skinny, but good cover skills

    D.J. Reed – Kansas State – 5’9” 188

    Nickel corner with plus-punt return skills

    Levi Wallace – Alabama – 6’0” 183

    Walk-on turned starter…for Alabama?!

    Dane Cruikshank – Arizona – 6’1” 206

    Lots of talent, may be better at safety

    Isaac Yiadom – Boston College – 6’1” 190

    Long-arms and tall, looks like a KC corner

    Nick Nelson – Wisconsin – 5’11” 208

    May drop due to off season injury

    Anthony Averett – Wisconsin – 6’0” 185

    Looks like a safe bet to be solid but not special

    Kevin Toliver II – LSU – 6’3” 204

    Character red flags, but loads of talent

    Brandon Facyson – Virginia Tech – 6’2” 197

    Lanky CB from a school that produces CB’s

    Michael Joseph – Dubuque – 6’1” 181

    Small school sleeper rising up boards

     

     

    S’s

    Ronnie Harrison – Alabama – 6’3” 214

    Could be a really good in-the-box safety

    Marcus Allen – Penn State 6’2’ 202

    Hard hitter, may need to add weight

    Quin Blanding – Virginia – 6’2” 215

    Five star recruit, wasn’t a stud but was solid

    Jessie Bates III – Wake Forest – 6’1” 200

    Combo safety whose stock has steadily risen

    Natrell Jamerson – Wisconsin – 6’0” 198

    Deep safety with some return skills to boot

     

    I see absolutely no need whatsoever for the Chiefs to spend a draft choice on a QB, RB, FB, PK or PT.  There are no players on my board at any of these positions as a result.  Every time a team selects a player at one of these five spots, Chiefs fans should celebrate!

    With eight overall selections, I think the Chiefs need to come away from this draft with the following:

    1. A cornerback who is ready to start right away.
    2. A center or left guard who is ready to start right away.
    3. An outside linebacker with enough pass rush ability to make an impact as a situational player.
    4. A nose tackle with some upside.
    5. A second cornerback. This is the deepest position in the draft.
    6. A wide receiver with lots of speed who could also factor in as a return man.
    7. An actual tight end as opposed to a converted basketball player.
    8. A high ceiling offensive tackle who can be ready to compete for a spot in 2019

    As always, I will be in support of a trade down.  The Chiefs first selection isn’t until pick 54.  If they get a decent offer to move down to somewhere in the 60-70 range and add a pick or two to this draft (or even add a 2019 selection) I would be fine with it.  If you’re already not picking until 53 guys are off the board, there’s no shame in stockpiling mid to low round picks and drafting quantity.  Especially if the Chiefs are able to stock up on CB’s, OLB’s and OL’s without completely ignoring other spots that could use a little juice, like loading up QB Pat Mahomes with receivers or improving the depth up the middle of the defense.

    I don’t anticipate a player falling into the early 2nd round that would be worth the Chiefs trading up to get.  The only reason it might make sense is to acquire a pass rusher.  The Chiefs two other biggest needs are corner and center, and fortunately for them, this is an extremely deep draft at both spots.  Pass rushers however, look to be in limited supply.

    Go get em Brett Veach!  I am very excited to see what you do in your first draft as GM!

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