The Kansas City Chiefs are a team that has been labeled as a perennial postseason contender. However, they continuously seem to falter in the postseason. As a result, fans and management have begun to wonder if Alex Smith is the long term answer at quarterback. Combine that with an aging defense and this draft becomes even more important. The good news; the Chiefs have 10 picks in this draft to bolster their roster.
(For this mock, Fanspeak’s Draft Simulator was used based on Matt Miller’s rankings.)
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Round 1 (27th Overall): Jarrad Davis, Linebacker – Florida
There is no guarantee that Derrick Johnson can return to form. Even if he does, it’s time to look for his replacement. Jarrad Davis has everything you want in a middle linebacker. Davis can come downhill in the run game, and can be an effective third down linebacker in coverage. The Chiefs desperately need another centerpiece on defense, and Davis can be that guy.
Round 2 (59th Overall): Adoree Jackson, Cornerback – USC
Marcus Peters continues to be great for the Chiefs at corner. The departure of Sean Smith last offseason, however, really hurt Kansas City’s secondary. The Chiefs desperately need another corner. Adoree Jackson can help the Chiefs in multiple ways. First, his speed will help him in coverage. Second, having a guy like Jackson paired with Tyreek Hill in the return game is dangerous. Jackson is always in the discussion when you talk about playmakers in this draft.
Round 3 (91st Overall): Juju Smith-Schuster, Wide Receiver – USC
There is more than one way to look at the struggles the Chiefs faced on offense. You can put it on Alex Smith, or you could look at the inconsistency at wide receiver. Jeremy Maclin had injury issues last year. Chris Conley hasn’t become a reliable number two. Tyreek Hill is a big play threat, but hasn’t mastered the route tree. It is time to find another weapon for this offense. Juju Smith-Schuster has been very productive in his career at USC. He has the ability to go vertical, and can work the middle of the field. His only concern is the separation he creates, but at 91, he has great value.
Round 3 (104th Overall): Josh Dobbs, Quarterback – Tennessee
At this point, the Chiefs have not snagged a quarterback. But, don’t panic. The Chiefs grab Josh Dobbs here at the end of the third round. Dobbs is an intriguing option in the later rounds. He has the smarts to lead a team. He has the arm strength to push the ball down the field. The concerns dealing with inaccuracy and footwork can be fixed by the right coach. Andy Reid is that coach. It’s hard to know how good Dobbs can be, but the Chiefs take a chance here to find the heir to Alex Smith.
Round 4 (132nd Overall): Jamaal Williams, Running Back – BYU
Jamaal Charles is done in Kansas City. Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware are solid options for the Chiefs, but adding another power back could suit them. Jamaal Williams is a perfect back to add to the group in Kansas City. Williams is a downhill runner who loves contact. He can run guys over and generate plenty of yards after contact. As a one cut back, Williams has the quickness to find the hole and explode through it. The Chiefs would get very good returns from Williams.
Round 5 (170th Overall): Avery Moss, Edge Defender – Youngstown State
Edge rusher is a position where you can never have enough. Tamba Hali is on his last leg in Kansas City. Justin Houston and Dee Ford are the future, but it doesn’t hurt to bring in another guy. Avery Moss is one of the biggest sleepers in this draft. He generates major power off the edge and can rag doll tackles with his hands. He could use some work against the run, but as a pure pass rusher, he will fit right in.
Round 5 (180th Overall): Eddie Jackson, Safety – Alabama
There will still be value in the fifth round of this draft. Eddie Jackson dropped on boards because of his leg injury. This bodes well for the Chiefs, who could use some safety help on the back end. Eric Berry is a centerpiece, but finding someone who can complement him is important. Eddie Jackson has range and ball skills to play on the back end of a defense while Berry can tackle near the box.
Round Six (216th Overall): Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, Defensive Tackle – USC
The departure of Dontari Poe and Jaye Howard creates a need at defensive tackle. Options still exist late in the draft at the position. Stevie Tu’ikolovatu has the strength to hold up in the run game in the middle and can shed blockers. He plays very low and projects well into the Chiefs’ scheme.
Round 6 (218th Overall): Brendan Langley, Cornerback, Lamar
It is always good to have three or four corners in this division. Derek Carr and Philip Rivers are elite quarterbacks that have the ability to light up secondaries at any time. The Senior Bowl proved to be an important step for Brendan Langley. He showed his abilities in the one-on-one drills and can play in a press man scheme. He will project well as a slot corner early in his career. The Chiefs need as many corners as possible in this passing league.
Round 7, (245th Overall): Greg Pyke, Guard, Georgia
Guard isn’t a glaring need for the Chiefs, but it’s always good to add offensive line depth. Pyke is a late round steal. He has solid technique and can move blockers from the interior. Pyke fits right in with what the Chiefs want to do as a football team; establish the run.
— Jake Schyvinck is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the Kansas City Chiefs. He can be followed on Twitter here.