Chiefs draft decision is a two-horse race, according to mock drafts

Stacy Revere

Kansas City needs a receiver, and everybody in the world knows it.

The NFL Draft is less than a month away, so these mock drafts are finally coming to a close after what seems like years of them.

As all of you know, the Kansas City Chiefs have the 23rd overall pick in the draft. I see this as a prime spot in such a loaded draft. Every year, one or two players thought to be sure-fire top-10 picks fall to right around where the Chiefs are picking. One year it was Aaron Rodgers, another time was Brady Quinn, and so on.

The players who fall might be busts, but they may also be future Hall of Famers. In short, Kansas City will be picking from a slew of top prospects.

Todd McShay's mock draft went in a different direction. Let's see what some of the other latest mock drafts have the Chiefs doing:

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Cooks is quick and elusive and exactly the matchup nightmare that the Chiefs need to diversify their passing game. He's a proven playmaker with good hands and the speed to challenge and disrupt a defense, creating plenty of yards after the catch. Defenses won't be able to key almost exclusively on No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe when Cooks is working his game in the slot.

USA Today's Nate Davis: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Dwayne Bowe needs a wingman to be more effective, so why not add a fellow Bayou Bengal who could add pep to a passing attack that lost Dexter McCluster?

CBS Sports' Will Brinson: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The Chiefs could be a candidate to trade up and grab a wideout, especially if they have their sights set on Beckham (although Marqise Lee might fit the bill here). Instead they sit back and land Cooks, the uber-speedy wide receiver who can do damage from the slot and be an explosive threat and can be Andy Reid's new DeSean Jackson.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The Chiefs may have shown their hand by expressing interest in Emmanuel Sanders and, to a lesser-extent, DeSean Jackson. Fortunately, the trio of Odell Beckham, Cooks and Southern Cal's Marqise Lee offer a similar skill-set as a dynamic slot receiver and returner. Cooks, the reigning Biletnikoff winner as the nation's top receiver, might be an especially good fit given his reliable routes and soft hands.

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

Dwayne Bowe is locked up as the Chiefs' No. 1 option, but Beckham would give Alex Smith a consistent No. 2 on the other side (and another LSU first round WR) to help open the passing game.

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Andy Reid's offense is at its best when he has a vertical threat in the passing game.

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Beckham is a poor man's Sammy Watkins, in the most complementary sense.

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