It's been a while since the Chiefs have spent a first-round pick on an offensive lineman. Andy Reid is a big fan of building a team through the trenches, so I don't think he'd be able to pass on the top guard in this class if Forrest Lamp dropped into his lap at No. 27 overall. Reid would love to obtain someone like Lamp, who would provide an upgrade over the mediocre Zach Fulton.
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1. Zay Jones, WR - The Chiefs need a second receiver, so Jones makes a lot of sense. It seems like he's a better fit than Corey Davis.
2. Pat Mahomes or Deshaun Watson, QBs - Kansas City could be looking into a quarterback to finally replace Alex Smith.
Rd. 2, Pk. 27
Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
There are rumors linking Curtis Samuel to the Chiefs. He fits what Andy Reid looks for in a receiver, and Samuel could eventually replace Jeremy Maclin as the team's No. 1 receiver.
Rd. 3, Pk. 27
Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Gareon Conley is expected to be drafted despite the rape allegations. It could happen on Day 2. Andy Reid has taken chances on troubled players before.
Rd. 3, Pk. 40
Daeshon Hall, DE/3-4OLB, Texas A&M
Dee Ford is an impending free agent after this season, while Tamba Hali may not be around for a while. Kansas City could take an edge rusher in this draft.
Rd. 4, Pk. 25
Eric Wilson, ILB, Cincinnati
Derrick Johnson is coming off yet another injury, so it seems clear that his time is running out. The Chiefs will need to find a replacement.
Rd. 5, Pk. 26
Vincent Taylor, DT/3-4DE/NT, Oklahoma State
Andy Reid is never one to shy away from bolstering the defensive line. He may be forced into doing so with Jaye Howard and Jarvis Jenkins set to hit free agency next spring.
Rd. 5, Pk. 36
Josh Augusta, DT/NT, Missouri
Bennie Logan was signed, but for a short-term deal. The Chiefs could add a nose tackle for insurance purposes.
The Chiefs grab a third play-maker to team with Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill.
As a senior, Davis amassed 97 receptions for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns. Sources say the 6-foot-3, 209-pounder is long and athletic. He has impressed evaluators with good route-running, hands, and deceptive speed. They also like his run-after-the-catch skills and size.
Davis was banged up somewhat in 2015, but still produced, totaling 90 receptions for 1,436 yards with 12 touchdowns. In 2014, Davis was excellent with 78 catches for 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had quality production as a freshman as well (67-941-6).
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The Chiefs could use more cornerback talent to go with Marcus Peters.
White produced some huge plays early in 2016 on his way to totaling 35 tackles with 14 passes broken up and two interceptions on the year. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder is fast with the ability to prevent separation, but he can struggle with big receivers. Some team sources have said they graded White in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
White totaled 44 tackles with seven passes broken up and a punt returned for a touchdown in 2015. He had some struggles with big receivers in Mississippi State's De'Runnya Wilson and Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell that season. White played well in 2013 and 2014 with two picks in each year and solid run support. He had 55 tackles as a freshman and 33 stops as a sophomore. White showed steady ball skills over his career, batting away seven passes in 2013 and six as a sophomore.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming
The Chiefs grab some running back talent and have shown interest in Hill.
Hill (6-1, 219) is a thick running back who produced a lot of yards and points in 2016. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 1,860 yards with 22 touchdowns alongside eight catches for 67 yards. As a sophomore, Hill produced with an average of 5.8 yards per carry for 1,631 yards with six touchdowns. He had his best receiving season that year with 20 receptions for 132 yards. Hill projects as first- and second-down back in the NFL.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Elijah Lee, OLB/ILB, Kansas State
The Chiefs could use more linebacker depth and a potential replacement for Derrick Johnson. Kansas City has shown interest in Lee.
In 2016, Lee recorded 110 tackles with 6.5 tackless for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and three passes broken up. The junior is a solid tackler with some athleticism. In 2015 as a sophomore, Lee had 80 tackles with three interceptions.
Lee (6-3, 228) was a surprise early entry into the 2017 NFL Draft. He was not invited to the combine.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Eric Saubert, TE, Drake
The Chiefs grab a tight end to work behind Travis Kelce.
Saubert (6-5, 253) showed his receiving skills at the Senior Bowl, continuing to use speed and athleticism to get separation from defenders. He will need to improve his blocking for the NFL, but his size allows him to match up with front seven defenders. Some scouting sources were raving about Saubert's route-running in the seven-on-seven drill. In a talented tight end class, Saubert could turn into a really nice value pick on Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Elijah Qualls, DT/NT, Washington
The Chiefs let Dontari Poe leave and could consider adding some nose tackle talent.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Jermaine Eluemunor, G/OT, Texas A&M
The Chiefs get some guard competition and depth.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss
Andy Reid loves developmental quarterbacks, while Kelly has a skill set that would appeal to Reid. Additionally, Kansas City is willing to take on players with character concerns. The team also hosted Kelly on a pre-draft visit.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Jordan Roos, G, Purdue
The Chiefs get some interior line depth and have shown interest in Roos.
Derrick Johnson has been the rock of this defense since they drafted him in 2005. It's twelve years later and DJ is old. He can still play but is clearly not the same player he once was and is on a steady decline with injuries popping up. The Chiefs have never really had a above average player next to him either. I think Zach Cunningham can be that player for the last couple years of Johnson's career and then take the torch as that rock of the defense. Cunningham is a speedy, agile, and instinctive ILB. He racked up tackles left and right at Vandy and it was no fluke. If you watch tape on this guy he truly flies around the field and despite only weighing in at 235 lbs he can still stuff holes. He stands at 6'4" and can find the ball quickly. I really think this kid has the skill set to be special. Oh and he can cover tight ends at an above average level.
The Deshaun Watson train ends here. A lot of people might not like that he fell this late, but the fact of the matter is that Watson is like Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, Matt Barkley of his draft class in the fact that they are the most recent Heisman winner or just of popular quarterback of the class. But college success does not always equal success in the pros. Watson might have been able to defeat the seemingly unstoppable Crimson Tide, but still has a lot to work on before he is an every week starter at the NFL level. He isn't ready to be stuck right in to a Pro Style offense and to produce at a high level as a starter. Enough with the negatives, Kansas City fans are finished with Alex Smith and want to move on. Chief fans even wanted Tony Romo might be the starter in Arrow Head next season, but it seems like there is no chance of that happening. Watson is the future at quarterback. He can learn the offense and develop his skills as a Pro Style quarterback behind Alex Smith who one of the most mobile pocket passers in the league. Plus the Chiefs select a first round pick that will sell jerseys before week one (Marcus Peters didn't become a jersey seller until he started dominating the league.)
Derrick Johnson seems like the ageless wonder, but eventually the Chiefs need to find someone to be the heir apparent and running mate in the more immediate future. Davis is a missile in the middle of the field and showed great command of the Gators defense. He is a little bit of a liability in coverage for a bigger linebacker, but he does flash ball skills tipping some passes with his long arms. The Chiefs may consider drafting a running back here if Jamaal Charles gets hurt again or even drafting the third quarterback in the draft to replace Alex Smith in the near future. If not the Chiefs have been drafting defense in the first round the past couple of season and could continue in 2017.
2016 First Rounder: None
2016 First Round Pick: None
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (20) Pass (19) Rush (15)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (24) Pass (18) Rush (26)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $272,655
(1) Smith ($13.3 M)
(2) Foles ($10.75 M)
(3) Charles ($7 M)
(4) Reid ($2.85 M)
(5) Sherman ($1.8 M)
GM: John Dorsey
Head Coach: Andy Reid
Offensive Coordinator: Brad Childress / Matt Nagy
Defensive Coordinator: Bob Sutton
Offensive Scheme: West Coast
Defensive Scheme: 3-4
Needs: (1) 34ILB, (2) WR, (3) CB, (4) 34DE, (5) QB
X: (1) Davis (2) Conley
Y: (1) Maclin (2) Hill
NFL.com Grade: 6.23 ESPN Grade: 88
NFL Comparison: Eric Decker
Measurables: H: 6'3 W: 220 40: 4.77
The 2016 Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year is the all-time leader in major college football in receiving yards (5,285). From Day 1, Davis was a great target for the Broncos despite being just a two-star recruit out of Illinois with a rough childhood and academic issues. He was the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2013 (67-941, six TDs), and then was named first-team all-conference for the first of three times in 2014 by leading the conference with 1,408 yards and 15 touchdowns (ranking third in the FBS). Davis was among the nation's leading receivers as a junior (90-1,436, 12 TDs) before garnering first-team All-American honors in 2016 by ranking in the top 10 in the three major receiving categories -- 97 catches (eighth), 1,500 yards (seventh), 19 touchdowns (tied-first).
Touchdown juggernaut who was a four-year model of production and consistency in college. Davis has the route-running and ball skills to become a starter in the league, but it is his competitiveness and production in the red-zone that should make him a good one.
We’ve had Davis in the top 10 for a while now as his route-running is exceptional and he pairs that with strong size, hands and ball skills. Davis was one of our top-graded receivers for three straight years, averaging an exceptional 8.1 YAC per reception as he showed the burst and shiftiness to turn short gains into explosive plays. Davis is also capable of making the spectacular catch while also making plays up and over cornerbacks, and he projects as a high-volume efficient receiver at the next level.
After being one and done in the playoffs with a team loaded with Pro Bowlers the only question is who is to blame for their downfall this season. Which, would lead many to Alex Smith who once again showed how average he is especially in the playoffs where good quarterbacks prove their difference makers. I think the coaching staff hoped Nick Foles provided a boost to the offense with his stronger arm, but he predictably failed. Drafting an understudy like Mahomes is a better safe than sorry type of selection where he can develop as Smith continues his mistake free style of play. Eventually you have to move on from Smith who is an already known commodity.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 10
Pat Mahomes, QB
This is a very tricky grade. I like Pat Mahomes. He's the only quarterback in this class I would've chosen in the first round. He can make all the throws, so he's basically the opposite of Alex Smith. I think he has to sit a year, but he can do that behind Alex Smith. So, I like that aspect of this selection. However, the Chiefs gave up a lot. A 2018 first-round selection is too costly. I know the Chiefs are getting a franchise quarterback in Mahomes, but there were going to be great quarterbacks available next year as well. I also don't think the Chiefs had to jump the Cardinals to take Mahomes. Arizona, I was told, was not going to select him at No. 13.
Rd. 2, Pk. 27
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE/3-4DE
Tanoh Kpassagnon is a stout run defender, and he's very big and athletic, but needs to be molded into a better, seasoned player. So, he's about a year away from being a capable starter. Notice a trend here? Alex Smith can't be happy about this pick either, but the Smith formula wasn't working. The Chiefs are now looking to build for the future, and it makes sense that they would do so. Kpassagnon is a solid choice, as he could've gone a bit earlier with no complaints.
Rd. 3, Pk. 22
Kareem Hunt, RB
I really like this fit, as Kareem Hunt seems perfect for Andy Reid's offense. Hunt is a very skilled runner who is terrific at catching passes out of the backfield. He fits the range in the third round and fills a need. It would not surprise me at all if he's Kansas City's starting running point at some point in 2017.
Rd. 4, Pk. 32
Jehu Chesson, WR
Jehu Chesson was a mid-fifth-rounder in my mock draft. This is a bit early for him, but the Chiefs traded down to acquire him, so that helps. Kansas City had to find another receiver with Jeremy Maclin's time coming to an end soon with the team. Chesson has the athletic upside to emerge as a starter one day, and he was also productive at Michigan.
@Walterspickshavegottenworsethelasr3years If I had 20,000 I'd bet u in a Heartbeat SAM DARNOLD goes in the top 5! Hopefully to my CLEVELAND BROWNS!!!!! He will be the next great NFL QB! and Better than any of the 2017 class!