2014 NFL mock draft roundup: Odell Beckham Jr. leading the pack

We're back with our weekly installment of mock drafts around the football world. It will be fun to see how different this week, and next week looks following the 2014 NFL Combine.

The 2014 NFL Draft is still a little less than three months away, but that won't stop the constant chatter about who is going where come May.

For the Kansas City Chiefs, the top positions being mocked to them are wide receiver and safety, with the occasional defensive end and cornerback thrown into the mix. As time goes on, it will be intriguing to see whether that changes or only intensifies.

For now, let's look at this week's mock drafts from around the internet:

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

As much as the Chiefs' defense badly leaked oil down the backstretch and into the postseason (see the Colts' second-half comeback in the first round of the playoffs), finding more reliable receiving options for quarterback Alex Smith looks like job one in the draft. Benjamin showed flashes of inconsistency, but he's another big-body receiver entering a league that has fallen in love with the breed. LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. is probably a more polished receiver at this point, but he lacks Benjamin's complete package of size, speed and ability to win the contested catch.

NFL.com's Matt Smith: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Dwayne Bowe got all the money. The Chiefs made a run at talent unrealized in A.J. Jenkins, and Dexter McCluster is hitting the market. They need a pass catcher to help Alex Smith out. Cooks was special in Corvallis, and he's a high-floor prospect. There is not much concern that Cooks won't make the transition and be productive on Sundays.

SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

In most of our mock drafts, we've had a variety of wide receiver targets for the Chiefs. The flavor of the week is Beckham, who has arguably the best hands in the draft this year. He may drop to this spot in the draft because he's not the biggest or a supreme athlete. What he should be at the next level is a reliable option capable of running crisp routes and making tough catches.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

Incumbent starter Kendrick Lewis is a pending free agent and while the Chiefs are high on second-year pro Sanders Commings, Clinton-Dix could force the team to re-think their depth chart. A steady open-field tackler with good fluidity and speed in coverage, Clinton-Dix could help the Chiefs' secondary grow less reliant on their fierce pass rush to make big plays on defense.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Besides Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs are lacking for impact targets in the passing game downfield. Beckham is a dynamic athlete who will find ways to get open and create after the catch, giving Kansas City a pair of former LSU tigers for Alex Smith to throw to.

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

They have to get somebody to emerge opposite Dwayne Bowe. Beckham Jr. was a polished player for the Tigers.

CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Ebron is a bit raw with limited experience but he is a big natural athlete and Alex Smith could get him ready quickly. Some believe he will be gone by this point in the draft, but I'm not so sure of that after talking with people that studied him.

Draftek: Calvin Pryor, FS/SS, Louisville

A new sim and a new pick for the Chiefs. The Chiefs have made noises about using Sanders Commings at FS next year. While Commings has talent, he was also injured twice last year. He played in two games, recording one tackle. Is this someone you will hand the starting FS job to without bringing in competition? Chances are, the Chiefs are blowing smoke. Is Pryor a bit of a reach? Perhaps, perhaps not. However, draft strategy may play a role here. The Chiefs could use upgrades at FS, WR and CB. The WR and CB positions are deep in this draft. The FS position is not. After Clinton-Dix and Pryor, there is a huge dropoff in talent. The Chiefs suffered last year with Kendrick Lewis' lack of range. Pryor brings range and big-hitting ability to the Chiefs. Pryor will need to clean up his angles and tackling technique. Both are teachable skills. He has the athletic talent to lock down the single high safety position for the Chiefs.

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