Ten players the Chiefs should target in the NFL Draft
It’s draft day, and you’ll likely have to wait a while until the Chiefs make their first-round pick on Thursday night.
The Chiefs are drafting 28th overall, which is a tough pick to forecast. If the Chiefs had the first overall pick, it would be a lot easier to guess which player they would select. It also would mean they had a terrible season in 2015 or traded for the top pick.
While Terez A. Paylor’s mock draft is the only one you really need to study, I took a look at 20 mock drafts. And there was no consensus — as you might expect. Here are the players the Chiefs were expected to pick in those 20 mock drafts and a snippet of what the people wrote about the potential Chiefs.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report sees the Chiefs taking Miami cornerback Artie Burns. Miller wrote: “Artie Burns is a top-notch athlete with the length and size to cover No. 1 receivers in the NFL. His coverage skills were underdeveloped at Miami, but he has the raw tools to learn on the job and still hold his own playing alongside last year’s first-rounder.”
Nate Davis of USA Today had the Chiefs drafting Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland. Davis wrote: “Ragland, an excellent value here, would certainly benefit by playing alongside (Derrick Thomas)…”
Dan Kadar of SB Nation believes the Chiefs drafting Houston cornerback William Jackson III. Kadar wrote: “Defensive line, cornerback and wide receiver were all considered for the Chiefs, but the need for a second corner opposite Marcus Peters was too great.”
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports thinks the Chiefs will select Mississippi defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche. “… he won’t be the first defensive lineman in NFL history with a troubled past. Andy Reid can make it work,” Schrager wrote.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune sees the Chiefs taking Houston cornerback William Jackson III. Biggs wrote: “They lost Sean Smith in free agency and need someone to pair with Marcus Peters…”
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel predicts the Chiefs will grab TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson. McGinn wrote: “… Best value is Doctson, a willowy receiver with terrific hands.”
Greg Cote of the Miami Herald sees the Chiefs selecting Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple. “… getting that talent this low could be a steal,” Cote wrote.
Matthew Glenesk of the Indianapolis Star has the Chiefs taking Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler. “(T)he Chiefs would be wise to have a plan in place just in case (Dontari Poe) bolts,” wrote.
Eddie Brown of the San Diego Union-Tribune predicts the Chiefs will select Houston cornerback William Jackson III. “Jackson possesses a good size/speed combination…” Brown wrote.
Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press thinks the Chiefs will grab Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi. Tomasson wrote: “It wasn’t a good idea to draft the Aggies’ Heisman-winning quarterback in the first round, but taking Johnny Manziel’s bodyguards has been a better bet.”
Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Chiefs will pick Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple. Fedor wrote “(T)he tackle spot has been thinned out in the last handful of selections. That pushes the Chiefs into another direction, grabbing Apple to team up with Defensive Rookie of the Year Marcus Peters.”
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press predicts the Chiefs will select Eastern Kentucky outside linebacker Noah Spence. “Spence will help fill the void of Justin Houston’s injury,” Birkett wrote.
Nick Klopsis of Newsday thinks the Chiefs will draft Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple. “(W)ith Sean Smith headed to division rival Oakland, this is the Chiefs’ chance to build one of the league’s top young cornerback tandems,” Klopsis wrote.
Gary Myers of the New York Daily News predicts the Chiefs will select Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler. “(Andy Reid) would probably love to move up for Ezekiel Elliott with Jamaal Charles coming off ACL, but he’s too far back,” Myers writes.
Hub Arkush of Pro Football Weekly thinks the Chiefs will grab Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson. Arkush wrote: “Chiefs are hoping for Tamba Hali Jr.”
Nate Atkins of Pro Football Weekly sees the Chiefs drafting Houston cornerback William Jackson III. “Kansas City targets CB for a second straight year, Atkins wrote.
Pro Football Weekly has two other mock drafts that you can find here.
Mike Mayock of NFL.com predicts the Chiefs would draft Houston cornerback William Jackson III. “He would form a nice cornerback tandem with last year’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Marcus Peters,” Mayock wrote.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com saw the Chiefs taking Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas. “Thomas is a DeAndre Hopkins-type value…,” Reuter wrote.
Charles Davis of NFL.com predicted the Chiefs would select Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller. Davis wrote: “… this blazer from Notre Dame will help by opening the field for Maclin, TE Travis Kelce and RB Jamaal Charles.”
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had the Chiefs picking Mississippi defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche. Zierlein wrote: “… the lack of production and maturity make this a boom-or-bust selection.”
NFL.com has four other mock drafts you can check out.