The biggest goal in this Kansas City Chiefs NFL mock draft is finding playmakers who make an impact. And, yes, a lineman can be a playmaker if they can get that reach block on third and one to ice a game and Kansas City gets their first playoff win in 20 seasons.
I was able to get Eric Fisher and Travis Kelce correct in 2013 but I failed the rest of the way. We had similar mindsets on the positions needed, just different value.
Here we go...
1st Round (23): OG- Xavier Sua-Filo, UCLA
When you watch Su'a-Filo, you see a physical offensive lineman. He can perform screens, trap blocks and get to the second level off a combo block. Su'a Filo has good drive blocks and reach blocks. Donald Stephenson and Su'a-Filo would be a fun combination in the run game. Another thing that stood out to me was his understanding of angles. He knows how to cut off a defender quickly and be in the right position.
He is going to need some work in his re-anchor on pass protection and get a little more violent in his punch to stun the defender. There is a lot of promise with him though. He could make an immediate impact. If the Chiefs go wide receiver, it will likely take two years to develop them in Andy Reid's system before you see a true impact.
Keep an eye on: QB- Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), TE- Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) , WR- Marqise Lee (USC) , CB- Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) and CB- Bradley Roby (Ohio State)
2nd Round- None
This could change. The second Round is stacked with talent.
Keep an eye on: CB- Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) , FS- Terrence Brooks (Florida State) , LB- Kyle Van Noy (BYU) , CB- Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska) , and WR- Martavis Bryant (Clemson)
3rd Round (87): OLB- Marcus Smith, Louisville
Smith is a very talented backer at setting the edge. He can take away the outside forcing the running back into the pursuit of the interior. Smith is able to move all over the field in rushing the quarterback. He lined up at multiple spots and attacked from different angles. Smith was able to perform stunts with good speed. He had overall good speed and did not look stiff. Smith understands how to hit the corner and strip the quarterback of the ball.
The downside right now is he needs to add to his pass rush moves. Tackles in the NFL get use to a player's speed/rush style after a quarter. So the more moves you have, the better chance of making an impact when the game counts. Also keep an eye on Aaron Murray, he fits the offense very well.
Keep an eye on: OLB- Trent Murphy (Stanford) , QB- Aaron Murray (Georgia) , CB- EJ Gaines (Missouri), OG- Billy Turner (North Dakota St)
4th Round (124): WR- Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Abbrederis is the best route runner in this draft. When I flipped on his game against Bradley Roby of Ohio State, I was in awe. Roby is a fast and physical corner. He did everything in his power to stay in Abbrederis' hip pocket. But he couldn't because Abbrederis is such a savvy route runner and knows how to set a secondary up. He understands every nuance of when to push off on his cut; how to push off and not get caught, along with his double move which leaves corners in the dust. Abbrederis would be a special player in Reid's system.
The reason I have him in the fourth is based on his concussion history. Abbrederis claims to have only had one concussion but NFL teams believe it to be more.
Keep an eye on: WR- Paul Richardson (Colorado), ILB- Christian Kirksey (Iowa), OT- Cameron Fleming (Stanford) , WR/RB- Dri Archer (Kent State)
5th Round (163): S- Jerome Couplin III, William & Mary
Some may see Couplin as a reach but he has numbers that can't be ignored. Not many safeties can run a 4.5 40-yard dash, with a 41.5' vertical and a broad jump of 11'2. Oh, and he did all this on his pro day in 32 degree weather when it was raining. Couplin is going to be a project but I could see him starting out as a box safety that could turn into a strong safety for the Chiefs defense. Couplin has natural instincts against the run and is a good form tackler in open space. When he is around the football, he has a natural ability to make a play on it.
Right now, he doesn't feel comfortable and confident in running to his spot in deep coverage. Luckily he has gone under the radar because he wasn't invited to the combine. He is going to need a coaching staff to work with him on that part of his game but this is a project worth investing on.
Keep an eye on: RB/WR- De'Anthony Thomas (Oregon) , S- Marqueston Huff (Wyoming)
6th Round (193): DE/OLB- Cassius Marsh, UCLA
When I was watching tape on first round prospect Anthony Barr, No. 99 kept popping up. He had a high motor and didn't quit on the play. He wasn't stiff in his hips and he could alter his direction with ease. He knows how to use his hands properly and plays with solid leverage. Marsh is a disciplined player in terms of run fits. He understands a lineman's angles on blocks and knows how to shut them down at the point of attack. I expect him to need to add bulk and work on his pass rush but he fits the defense.
6th Round (200): WR- L'Damian Washington, Missouri
I watched a ton of Washington's games at Mizzou. He has a rare blend of speed and size. Corners typically couldn't compete with his home run speed and height to high-point the ball. Washington is going to need help from Chiefs receivers coach David Culley on developing his timing of routes but once he does, mismatch city. Washington knows how to get through press coverage and fight for the football. Washington could start out as a fast gunner on special teams before working his way up in the offense.
Keep an eye on: WR- John Brown (Pitt State) , RB- Henry Josey (Missouri) , TE- Nic Jacobs (McNeese State)