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ESPN’s Mel Kiper names four players who would be good first-round fits for Chiefs

Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong.
Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong. The Associated Press

Two weeks into a busy offseason for the Chiefs, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper took a moment Thursday to name some options that could still be available for them at No. 18.

In short, Kiper still thinks the Chiefs will consider a wide receiver and an offensive lineman with the pick, even though they signed receiver Jeremy Maclin, guard Paul Fanaika and traded for two-time Pro Bowler Ben Grubbs.

“I would think a guy like Breshad Perriman, a receiver out of Central Florida, (is an option),” Kiper said. “They didn’t have a receiver catch a touchdown pass last year, (so) they don’t need one, they need two.”

Perriman, who stands 6 feet 2 and 212 pounds, reportedly clocked a 4.25 40-yard dash at Central Florida’s Pro Day on Wednesday. The son of former Miami Hurricanes and Detroit Lions receiver Brett Perriman, he caught 50 passes for 1,044 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 as a junior and declared for the NFL Draft.

Kiper also likes Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong as an option for the Chiefs at No. 18.

“Big, physical wide receiver,” Kiper said. “Ran a lot better and tested a lot better, athletically, than people thought. He caught that Hail Mary pass to beat USC. He is certainly a guy in that mix.”

Strong, who stands 6 feet 2 and 217 pounds, caught 82 passes for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and posted a 42-inch vertical jump at the NFL Combine, the latter of which was among the top marks at his position.

On the offensive line, Kiper said Miami (Fla.) offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (6-6, 329) could fill a need at right tackle, while Louisiana State’s La’el Collins (6-4, 305) could be a good value pick.

“Collins (is) a great lineman, very versatile,” Kiper said. “He can play left tackle, right tackle, guard. He would certainly make sense.”

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