Now that we've had some time to go over all the mock drafts during the 2014 NFL Draft season and begin digging into the prospects more, I have a few players that I've really started to like for the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 23. These three players aren't guaranteed to be there -- two of them seem likely to be gone -- but they're the ones I keep coming back to when people ask who I think the Chiefs should select with the 23rd pick.
With that said, three players I like for the Chiefs at No. 23 ...
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks
I like him over the other receivers in the second tier. The biggest reason I want him is because he's really fast (4.3 40-yard dash speed) and had an insane amount of production at Oregon State (128 receptions, 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns). That's an offensive league and he stood out among all of them. He's not the biggest guy - 5'10 and 186 pounds -- but he would add explosion to an offense lacking playmakers.
Cooks has been mocked to teams like the Ravens (No. 17), Packers (No. 21) and Eagles (No. 22) so he may not be there.
Notebook: Is speed enough for Cooks?
Notre Dame OT/G Zack Martin
Martin played a lot of games for a big program. Both Andy Reid and John Dorsey have a history of drafting college tackles and playing them at guard. The weakness with Martin is that he may be more of a guard at the next level so that's not really much of a weakness for the Chiefs considering they have a need at guard. He could also be the swing tackle if the Chiefs have other guard options.
Martin has been rising up boards so he will likely be gone by the time the Chiefs pick.
Notebook: Zack Martin will be great, wherever he plays
Scouting report: But what's the best spot for him?
UCLA OLB Anthony Barr
I kinda view this position like offensive tackle -- if there's a good one on the board, no harm in taking him. The Chiefs will always use a pass rusher. Barr has been all over the board this draft season so I don't have a great sense on where he could land.
Notebook: Barr and the importance of effort
Scouting report: An exceptional talent, but a risky pick