On Thursday afternoon, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. held a conference call and talked about many topics, including the potential first-round picks for the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City is slated to pick at No. 18 and has fewer holes than it did before free agency, perhaps shrinking the pool of targets.
Kiper discussed a few directions the Chiefs might go in, bringing a fairly new name into the mix.
"I would think a guy like Breshad Perriman out of Central Florida. ... They didn't have a wide receiver with a touchdown last year, so they need two, not one (Kiper was referencing already having Maclin and needing a compliment). Jaelen Strong out of Arizona State tested much better than anybody thought. If you want a right tackle, I think La'el Collins or Ereck Flowers would make sense."
Perriman has been slowly climbing throughout the draft process. At his pro day on Wednesday, NFL analyst Mike Mayock clocked Perriman at 4.25 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Some scouts had him at 4.19, per the NFL.com piece. For Perriman, his pro day was more important than most after a hamstring injury kept him from working out at the NFL Combine in February.
Last year, Perriman caught 50 passes for 1,044 yards along with nine touchdowns. Perhaps most importantly for Andy Reid and John Dorsey, Perriman averaged better than 20 yards per catch in 2014.
"He is so physical at 6'2 and 215 pounds, Kiper said. "He could be a little more consistent catching the football. You know his father, Brett, was a great player coming out of Miami. ... His skill and ability is excellent. I thought all along he would be a first round pick. I thought maybe Seattle if he would be there but now I would project him that he could even go to Kansas City at No. 18."
Kiper also had a few other interesting notes relating to other potential targets for Kansas City.
"Paul Dawson is a good player out of TCU, but he was hurt by a bad 40-yard dash time," Kiper said. "He will be in the third, fourth or fifth round."
"Lockett out of Kansas State is a third round pick and an underrated receiver, but will be a good one at that particular point," Kiper said.