Well, well, well. The first 2015 NFL mock draft from ESPN's Mel Kiper has a very interesting pick for the Kansas City Chiefs. Kiper sends former Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham to the Chiefs with the 18th overall pick.
That is ... a surprise.
DGB reportedly plans to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft after his transfer from Missouri to Oklahoma (where he never played). DGB was dismissed from Missouri following several incidents.
Kiper calls DGB a "potential risk worth taking" due to the Chiefs significant need at receiver. He points out DGB's amazing athleticism and how he would factor in as a red zone target at 6'6 and 225 pounds. DGB had 87 receptions and 17 touchdowns in two seasons at Missouri. You can see his career stats here.
Kiper also calls the off-field stuff a "major question" for the Chiefs. "But talent like this is hard to pass on," Kiper writes in his mock. GM John Dorsey will need to do his homework on DGB because of the off-the-field questions.
I'm just not sure about using a first round pick on DGB. I'm looking for more of the sure thing with the Chiefs first round pick after they drafted Eric Fisher and Dee Ford in the first round of the last two drafts. The ceiling on DGB is very, very high so it's a consideration but in the first round ... I'm skeptical.
Here's what Kiper said about DGB back in December:
Kiper: If DGB were playing this year we'd be talking about a top five or top 10 pick.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 11, 2014
This is the first time I've really seen someone putting DGB this high in the draft. Others have speculated that, due to the off-the-field concerns, he could be a mid-round draft pick. Not only will the Chiefs have to do their homework on DGB, they'll need to know the board and determine where other teams may consider picking him.
West Virginia WR Kevin White is another name I've heard connected to the Chiefs in mock drafts. Kiper has him going three spots ahead of the Chiefs.