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.
Rd. 6, Pk. 27
Elijah Shumate, S, Notre Dame
The Chiefs may select a safety earlier than this; they tried to sign one in free agency, but struck out.
Rd. 7, Pk. 28
Roy Robertson-Harris, DE, Texas-El Paso
Roy Robertson-Harris has been receiving a lot of late-round buzz, and Andy Reid may decide that he needs another pass-rusher.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.