Let's go ahead and add that nice little 6th round pick to our Mock Drafts this time shall we? I think that we have started to come to a concensus regarding the draft. Most people would agree that NT and C are picks that must be made sometime during the draft. I am changing my favorite players on an almost daily basis as I'm sure many of you are as well.
Well as of today this would be my mock draft with my special expertise that involves a few things, google, mock draft sites, scouting resources, youtube, and AP. The one thing that we should all take into consideration is that we are not 5-6 players away from being a great team unless the rest of the players that are under contract (or will be if we have a season) get better everyday that they are out there practicing. In-house development is just as, if not more important than having a great draft.
Here goes AP....
Round 1 - Phil Taylor - NT
I'm back on the Taylor bandwagon and I'm not sure I'll be getting off of it anytime soon. He by all accounts, is a true 3/4 Nose Tackle which isn't very easy to find. I know a lot of you are hoping that SF goes to the 4/3 and maybe Aubrayo Franklin becomes available. Fat Chance. Just like Wilfork last year, and Casey Hampton. Teams just don't let these guys leave and we need to get our guy.
Round 2 - Sam Acho - OLB
I have completely jumped on the Acho bandwagon and the more I learn about this guy the more I like him. I threw up a fanshot earlier that had a link to an article about Acho's pro-day at the University of Texas. Guess who was there helping with LB drills? None other than the LB that we signed to a 5-year extension. Derrick Johnson. I hope this is a Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry type of thing although there were a lot of people at this pro day. If nothing else it could establish a repoire between a couple of LB's that I hope wear Chiefs colors for years to come.
Round 3 - John Moffit - G/C
I like Moffit here because of his versatility to play either G spot and the ability to step in and play Center. Between Asamoah and Moffit we will be able to have a potential backup Center that can also backup and G so they are not wasting roster spots (Niswanger).
Round 4 - Daniel Thomas - RB
I feel very good about this pick and with full disclosure, I am a K-State Alum and I saw every game they played this year. He was the only thing that made the games worth watching the majority of the time. He was going to get the ball every play and everyone knew it. That makes what he accomplished that much more impressive. At 6'0 230 lbs he has the size to be a great compliment to Jamaal Charles for years and he also can run the same type of plays as JC with his style of running. This is the first time I've mocked Thomas to the Chiefs but some recent concerns about his ability to show up to meetings on time (allegedly) have dropped him to the 4th round, where he would be a steal for the Chiefs.
Round 5 - Owen Marecic - FB/LB/ST's
Marecic is one of those picks that isn't too flashy and you might not even remember that we take him after a year or two. He'll play very well on ST's and fight for the fullback position. I have been a fan of the guy since I first heard about him and watched him play this past season. He played both ways at LB and FB for Stanford and is the kind of guy that will do whatever to help your team win. If you know that your 5th round pick will make the gameday roster when you take him, it's the right pick.
Round 5 - Joseph Barksdale - OT
I was looking for a OT later in the draft and I came across this giant man who stands at 6'5 330lbs and runs a sub 5 40-yard dash. A few of the scouting reports I read on him stated that he has first-round talent but is very raw. I think it's important that we bring in some young depth at Tackle, although I know Barry Richardson is pretty young himself. We need someone to push him to get better. And we need some more LSU Tigers on the team after taking a hiatus from drafting any last year.
Round 6 - TJ Yates - QB
The youtube video might be titled Hakeem Nicks but someone has to throw him that ball right? I like that he was a 4-year starter at a big program. I like his 67% completion percentage his senior year. I like that Zorn went and personally worked him out recently. I like that we can take a developmental QB at #199, just like Tom Brady.......
Round 7 - Jeff Maehl - WR
I like Maehl as a late-round WR pickup. He was always making plays for a team that made a lot of plays. It seemed as though every time they needed a big play, he delivered. He is a very quick runner that has the ability to run different routes and get open. He is not afraid to make catches across the middle and is very good in open space. Doesn't have the prototypical size for an elite WR but combined with a FA WR that I am VERY confident that we will get this year I think Maehl is the kind of late round guy that will make some noise when he gets his chance.
There it is ladies and gents....Have at it.
I used Walter and Draftek to get an idea of when guys might be taken.
Which pick was your favorite?
Phil Taylor - 1st round (86 votes)
Sam Acho - 2nd round (44 votes)
John Moffit - 3rd round (16 votes)
Daniel Thomas - 4th round (19 votes)
Owen Marecic - 5th round (11 votes)
Joseph Barksdale - 5th round (14 votes)
TJ Yates - 6th round (8 votes)
Jeff Maehl - 7th round (15 votes)
They all sucked (17 votes)
230 total votes