A bit too early for Cody Whitehair? I thought so too when I first heard his name being floated for this pick, but I do know that at least one other team in this area will consider him as well. Whitehair played left tackle in college, but will have to move inside. That's fine, as he'll likely be dominant as a guard. He can also play center and right tackle if needed, and I'm sure teams will value his versatility.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Paxton Lynch, QB - Alex Smith is 31. That's not old for a quarterback by any means, but Donovan McNabb was 31 as well when Andy Reid spent the 36th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft on Kevin Kolb.
2. Laquon Treadwell or Corey Coleman, WR - Treadwell is available. He could easily be the pick. Coleman would be a better fit.
Rd. 2, Pk. 28
Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
The Chiefs need a capable receiver besides Jeremy Maclin. When Maclin left the game against the Chargers, the offense looked pretty lost for a while.
Rd. 4, Pk. 28
Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington
Derrick Johnson's return to the lineup has been huge for Kansas City's defense, but the team has a weakness right next to Johnson. Also, it needs to be considered that Johnson just turned 33, so he doesn't have many dominant years left.
Rd. 5, Pk. 23
Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia
The Chiefs added a talented cornerback in Marcus Peters last year, but they'll need another player at the position with Sean Smith gone.
Rd. 5, Pk. 26
Anthony Zettel, DE/DT/3-4DE, Penn State
Mike DeVito announced his retirement recently, so the Chiefs will have to find a defensive lineman at some point.
The Chiefs could use a big receiver to pair with Jeremy Maclin. Treadwell's blocking will also help Jamaal Charles.
The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Treadwell is a natural receiver who is good at winning 50-50 passes and running after the catch. However, he lacks the speed to separate from most NFL cornerbacks. Thus, he's not a prospect on a par with A.J. Green, Julio Jones or Amari Cooper. The big wideout does a phenomenal job as blocker though.
In 2015, Treadwell had 82 receptions for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. He recorded 48 receptions for 632 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 before an ugly injury ended his season. Treadwell caught 72 receptions for 608 yards with five scores in 2013.
Pick change; previously Paxton Lynch, QB
Rd. 2, Pk. 28
Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford
The Chiefs could use a guard addition. If they don't land Cody Whitehair, Garnett could be their next target.
The 6-foot-5, 321-pound Garnett was a power blocker for the Cardinal. He played really well in 2015, displaying the strength to move defenders at the point attack. Garnett was reliable in pass protection as well. He had decent performances at the Senior Bowl and combine.
Pick change; previously Michael Thomas, WR
Rd. 4, Pk. 28
Victor Ochi, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Stony Brook
The Chiefs grab an understudy for Tamba Hali. It wouldn't hurt to add some pass-rushing depth with Justin Houston's injury.
Throughout the East-West Shrine, Ochi (6-2, 245) grabbed one's attention with his great get-off and pure speed around the edge. He did very well in the pass-rushing one-on-ones as his lightning first-step made him very hard for blockers to reach.
If Ochi can make a NFL roster, his role would probably be as a situational pass-rusher to start out his career. While he has functional upper body strength, Ochi is still too undersized to be a three-down edge defender.
Rd. 5, Pk. 23
Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia
The Chiefs could use some cornerback depth.
Rd. 5, Pk. 26
Tyler Matakevich, ILB/OLB, Temple
Considering the age of Derrick Johnson, it would make sense for Kansas City to have some inside linebacker depth.
The Chiefs get another corner to pair up with Marcus Peters.
Alexander is garnering some first class hate as teams discriminate based on his size. No worries for the team that drafts him though, as Alexander, if you ignore his height, has shutdown corner written all over him. A complete alpha on the field, with the toughness and swagger present in all the game's greats at the position, Alexander didn't accumulate stats in college because QBs were afraid to test him. Teams underselling Alexander will be very sorry 3 years from now.
Everyone's thinking Corner but I think a wideout makes a lot more sense. While the Chiefs have TE Travis Kelce and HB Jamaal Charles to buoy their passing attack, their wide receiver core has next to nothing outside of Corey Coleman. Coleman is has the speed to take the top off opposing defenses and is a danger to take it to the house any time he gets the ball in his hands. His propensity for drops will be mitigated by Maclin's presence..ie. he won't have to step in and immediately be a WR 1. I think a weapon like Coleman could really put the Chiefs over the top and make them a truly deadly offensive unit to compliment their stingy defense.
NFL.com/My Comparison: Terrance Williams
Targeted 36.5 percent of the time and has the mentality of a lead receiver. Silky vertical routes with ability to make subtle shifts to get past corners waiting to put hands on him. Consistent in his play speed. Good accelerator off stutter-step release. Able to create late separation down the field with body lean and quiet hand usage. Touchdown maker who has rung up 25 receiving touchdowns over last two years despite missing three games this season. Climbs to snare jump balls and has body control to adjust in midair. Hands are very strong helping him secure catches through contact. Has ability to make defenses pay after the catch. Isn?t overwhelmed by physical cornerbacks trying to force him into the boundary and can play through it to make winning catches downfield.
Highly productive receiver with good height but in need of more functional mass for the NFL game. Doctson must prove he can play against press coverage if he is to reach his potential, but his ability to go up and win when the ball is in the air will endear him to quarterbacks. Scouts don't expect to be wowed by his 40 time, but most believe he'll be a solid No. 2 receiver in the league.
Man, Marcus Peters was an awesome pick. A really productive corner at a solid, but not big-name school whose instinctive playing style and ball skills translated to the NFL. GM John Dorsey and Andy Reid did it once—after losing Sean Smith in free agency, they do it again. The analysis of William Jackson III has been up and down, as Eli Apple and Artie Burns have also been in the conversation as the third corner of this draft, but sometimes a player’s tangibles get overwhelmingly analyzed and overshadow their production. The man broke up 23 passes this year. That’s more than 22. He has a nose for the football, solid make-up speed and reaction time, and oily hips that let him plant, redirect, and close naturally. The Chiefs made smart, frugal moves in free agency with Mitchell Schwartz and Rod Streater—if Jamaal Charles can stay healthy, we’re looking at a dangerous team right here.
Kansas City struck gold last year with the selection of Marcus Peters in the first round last year, and while he will man the #1 spot, the departure of Sean Smith for greener pastures in Oakland has left a rather large void opposite Peters in the secondary. John Dorsey can simply slide Apple, yet another former Ohio State Buckeye, into the starting lineup and watch the physical cover man do his thing. Apple has the length at over 6 feet to match with any big receiver an offense will throw at him, and his playmaking ability should be intriguing to match with the physical, gambling style of Peters. The Chiefs just build one of the best young corner duos in the league.
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Rd. 2, Pk. 6
Chris Jones, DT/3-4DE,
Surprise, surprise, Andy Reid bolstered either the offensive or defensive line. Some things never change, apparently. In this case, however, it's something Reid had to do. He lost Mike DeVito in free agency, so he had a hole at defensive end. Chris Jones will definitely fill that void, and he's someone who could've been chosen at the end of the first round. In fact, had the Patriots owned the 29th pick, I think I would've mocked Jones to them.