After months of anticipation, Draft Day has finally arrived. All of the speculation, mock drafts, and endless questions will be put to death for another eight months.
Every NFL Draft comes with its fair share of surprises. Although the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t shocked the world very often on draft day since the infamous Tyson Jackson selection, John Dorsey is in prime position to make a surprise selection at No. 23 overall.
The majority of draft pundits believe that the Chiefs intend to find a dynamic playmaker on the offensive side of the ball beside Dwayne Bowe, but by no means is that suggestion set in stone. This draft class’ overwhelming talent and depth leaves the first round wide open, and the probability of everything going as planned leading up to the 23rd pick is very unlikely.
So, with that said, below are four “surprise selections” that may be made by the Chiefs:
1. ILB, C.J. Mosley (Alabama)
The Chiefs are in prime position to select the playmaking wide receiver that they desperately need, but the possibility of the draft board working out in a way where no receiver that fits Andy Reid’s scheme is available, may become a reality.
Six teams picking ahead of Kansas City have receiver high up on their list of needs, and if the majority of those teams choose to fill that need in round one, C.J. Mosley may be available at the No. 23 slot.
Mosley stands as the draft’s consensus top inside linebacker in his class, and fits ideally with what Kansas City needs at ILB. The 6-foot-3, 234 pound Alabama native and graduate excels in man coverage, and would step in as the immediate starter beside Derrick Johnson. Mosley’s versatility (above average run defender, excellent in coverage) and ideal fit in the defense should be very attractive to the Chiefs staff.
Choosing Mosley would be more of a luxury selection and would force Kansas City to go wide receiver in round three, but would ultimately take the Chiefs defense to the next level.
2. CB, Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)
Reports came out early on in the draft process that Chiefs GM John Dorsey had his eye on a few of the draft’s taller, longer defensive backs such as Keith McGill and Stanley Jean-Baptiste. But with the recent emergence of Kyle Fuller as the class’ best corner, it’s becoming increasingly possible that one of the draft’s most explosive defenders may fall to the Chiefs.
Justin Gilbert brings a long list of valuable traits to the table, all of which may be attractive to the Chiefs. The 6-foot, 203 pound CB possesses ball skills that are second to none, valuable special teams skills and the makeup of a potential shutdown cornerback.
Selecting a cornerback this early in the draft would create an issue, a log jam at that position, but there are a lot of coaches who would love to have that problem. Choosing Gilbert would assure the Chiefs that there will be a minimal amount issues coming from the CB position, and immediately would make the need at free safety less glaring.
For what it’s worth, I believe that Gilbert won’t make it out of the top 15. But a draft day fall is very possible, and John Dorsey would have a hard time saying no to a player that possesses everything that he loves.