This past week for Chiefs fans should be considered a great week. The team went out and re-signed their top receiver, re-signed one of the best punters in the game, and decided to keep a solid tackle in Branden Albert. The Chiefs also recently made a deal for ex 49ers Quarterback Alex Smith, a move that will completely shake up the way the Chiefs draft. A bold move the Chiefs just made as well was the release of Eric Winston, a move that was questionable, but could ultimatley decide who the Chiefs pick first. This is an updated mock draft after all of the crazy moves the Chiefs have made, however this mock draft can change quickly after March 12th.
Round 1, Pick No. 1: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
After the cutting of Eric Winston, it is becoming evident that the Chiefs are going to draft Luke Joeckel whether you like it or not. Joeckel and Branden Albert are going to be a solid pair of bookends for Alex Smith, and Alex Smith needs a good offensive line in order to be successful. Why draft a right tackle first overall? I predict that Joeckel plays on the right side just for the 2013 season while Albert stays on the left side for a year, then if Albert leaves after his 1-year franchise tag, Joeckel will be moved to the left side. A ton of things could happen from now to the draft and Albert could even be traded for draft picks. Joeckel didn't have a stellar combine, but football is played in shoulder pads and a helmet, and not in t-shirts and shorts. Joeckel is the best player available in the draft and the Chiefs now have a sudden need at tackle, this will be the pick.
Other Options: OG Chance Warmack, DT Star Lotuleilei, OLB/DE Dion Jordan, CB Dee Milliner, DT Shariff Floyd, trade pick
Round 3, Pick No. 63: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Yes, the Chiefs just re-signed their top wideout in Dwayne Bowe, but this Chiefs team needs more weapons for a new quarterback. Outside of Dwayne Bowe and Jammal Charles, the Chiefs have relatively no consistent offensive weapons. Stedman Bailey gives the Chiefs an offensive "spark" that they desperately need out of their receivers.
Other Options: QB Tyler Bray, WR Ryan Swope, CB Tharold Simon, S Bacarri Rambo
Round 3, Compensatory Pick (projected): Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
If the Chiefs don't address the inside linebacker spot next to Derrick Johnson in free agency, they will draft a linebacker early on. Kiko Alonso is in my opinion was one of the most underrated linebackers in college football this past season and was the leader of a underrated Oregon defense. Alonso also might be the coverage linebacker the Chiefs need, Alonso picked off four passes his senior season. Alonso could immediately step in and start for this talented Chiefs linebacker corps and prove to be a big steal in this draft.
Other Options: QB Tyler Bray, DE William Gholston, OLB Chase Thomas, CB Micah Hyde
Round 4, Pick No. 96: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
It is more than likely that the Chiefs will not retain Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn, so this team needs some depth at quarterback. Matt Scott out of Arizona is starting to become an intriguing prospect and has climbed up draft boards after a good combine performance. Andy Reid goes two years in a row with drafting a quarterback from Arizona with this pick here.
Other Options: ILB AJ Klein, OG Blaize Foltz, RB Rex Burkhead, TE Travis Kelce
Round 5, Pick No. 127: Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
The Chiefs draft a defensive linemen from Utah not named "Star" with this pick here. The Chiefs defensive line needs some depth and a potential replacement for Glenn Dorsey. The defensive line for the Chiefs is always a question mark going into the draft, but with the re-structured contract of Tyson Jackson and the potential signing of Chris Canty, the Chiefs don't need to worry about drafting a defensive linemen early on. Joe Kruger is an interesting prospect who was a productive starter while in college.
Other Options: WR Chris Harper, DL Kwame Geathers, DB Tyrann Mathieu, CB Nigel Malone
Round 6, Pick No. 160: Graham Pocic, C, Illinois
The Chiefs' offensive line in 2012 was solid, but when injuries came the depth was not all there. Rodney Hudson is coming off a significant injury and Ryan Lilja is retiring, so the Chiefs need to add some bodies to the interior of the offensive line. Pocic played along side Jeff Allen and Jon Asamoah in college. With Pocic's size (6'5 305) he could play a variety of positions on the line.
Other Options: DL Damion Square, FB/RB Zach Line, WR Alec Lemon
Round 7, Pick No. 191: Terrance Brown, CB, Stanford
Just the other day the Chiefs picked up a solid cornerback in Dunta Robinson, but I don't expect them to stop adding corners there. Terrance Brown was a key member of the Stanford Cardinal and has the size (6'1) the Chiefs defensive backfield desperately needs.
Other Options: NT Brandon Moore, S Zeke Motta, ILB Christian Robinson
Round 7, Compensation Pick: Dan Buckner, WR, Arizona
Late in the draft the Chiefs continue to look for potential weapons for Alex Smith. Dan Buckner seems like a very underrated player in this draft, he was productive in college catching 70+ balls for 700+ yards and has the prototypical size for an NFL receiver.
Other Options: WR Denard Robinson, FB Braden Wilson