I originally posted this in the Mock Draft thread, but someone suggested I post it as a FanPost, at least I think that's what he was saying. So, here's my first mock draft of this year's off-season. This list isn't what the Chiefs
should do or what I think Pioli would do. This is a list of the picks I would make if I were GM. Each pick also contains a few alternate picks if the first player is not available.
Round 1: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
He's one of the best interior lineman prospects in the past decade. He's going to be a Day 1 starter, most likely replacing Lilja at the LG position. The combination of Asamoah/Hudson/DeCastro gives the Chiefs a stout interior line for the next 10 years.
Alternate Pick(s): Reily Reiff, T, Iowa
. Jonathan Martin, T, Stanford
Round 2: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
was the next-to-worst RT in the entire NFL last year. If that's not a sign of someone who needs to be replaced, I don't know that is. Sanders replaces Barry Richardson at the RT spot, and the offensive line is now set. Even with starting two rookies, the Chiefs will have one of the most dominant lines in the NFL, and that will be needed if Matt Cassel
returns as the starting QB.
Alternate Pick(s): Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State
. Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
. Bobby Massie, T, Mississippi
Round 3: Antonio Allen, SS, South Carolina
Safety is one of the weakest positions on the team as far as depth goes. After Eric Berry
and Kendrick Lewis
, the only serviceable player on the team in Jon McGraw
, and he is close to the end of his career. Antonio Allen solidifies depth at this position and provides one other major benefit. The NFL is seeming a huge immergence in TE's (Gronkowski, Hernandez, Graham, Davis, Moeaki, etc...). The Chiefs especially have been destroyed by the TE position for the last few years. They need a player who is big and physical enough to jam these TE's at the line of scrimmage but still maintains the speed to cover them. That description fits Antonio Allen to a tee.
Alternate Pick(s): Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
. Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
Round 4: Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
After the loss of Jamaal Charles
this season, it was easy to see how depleted the Chiefs RB position has become. Thomas Jones
is way past his prime, and he offers very little on the football field. Jackie Battle
proved to be serviceable (and his contributions on special teams can not be discounted), but he is not the answer behind JC. Dexter McCluster
showed flashes of brilliance when he was used properly in the last few games of the season. Still, because of his size, he's not going to get 15-20 touches per game. Enter Vick Ballard from Mississippi State. At 5'11, 217lbs, he has the body to be an excellent running back. Despite being the only offensive weapon on a school playing in the SEC, Ballard rushed for 1189 yards on 193 carries, a 6.2 YPC. He coulde prove to be an excellent #2 to Jamaal Charles and help improve what will already be an impressive Kansas City running game.
Alternate Pick(s): Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina
. Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette
Round 5: Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, DT, Baylor
He is definitely a project, but Kelly Gregg
isn't the answer for the future, and I'm not sure if the Chiefs know what they have in Jerrell Powe
. If Powe doesn't prove to be THE guy, then Jean-Baptiste can be brought in for competition. With competition, one guy will emerge as the superior player.
Alternate Pick(s): George Iloka, FS, Boise State
Round 6: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
The Chiefs have a nice young WR core with Bowe, Breaston, and Baldwin. But they don't offer too much of a threat as far as speed goes. Adams' most recent 40-time is a 4.38, and he would provide much needed speed and a true downfield threat to the Kansas City offense.
Alternate Pick(s): Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina
. Chris Galippo, ILB, USC
Round 7A: Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly
I'm hoping that Brandon Carr
is brought back, so I don't see CB as much of a need. I believe that Arenas is an excellent CB to cover the slot receivers. Travis Daniels
and Jalil Brown
have both shown promise, but if you're trying to upgrade your 4th and 5th slots on the depth chart with 7th round picks, you're in a pretty good place.
Alternate Pick(s): Devin Wylie, WR, Fresno State
. Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State
Round 7B: Beau Reliford, TE, Florida State
Scott Pioli likes TE's, and he takes one almost every year.
Alternate Pick(s): Foswhitt Whitaker, RB, Texas
This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.