ESPN's Mel Kiper has wondered a couple of times in the past few weeks if the Kansas City Chiefs or Philadelphia Eagles would trade up for Marcus Mariota or one of the top receivers such as Amari Cooper. You can read some of his comments here but those scenarios sound pretty far-fetched with the Chiefs holding the 18th pick. I just can't see the Chiefs trading up more than a spot or two.
Kiper's latest 2015 NFL mock draft stays with a receiver for the Chiefs but it's not Amari Cooper. In his third mock draft, Kiper gave the Chiefs Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong, who has been mocked to Kansas City by plenty of others. Strong ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine weighing in at 200 pounds and standing 6'3. Kiper writes:
I don't know if a true down-the-field threat is going to magically turn Alex Smith into a QB who is willing to test defenses deep -- or even if that's what Andy Reid really thinks Smith can be -- but Strong certainly helps make it an option, something this offense needs.
This is Kiper's third mock draft and it's the third receiver that he has selected for the Chiefs. The first mock sent former Mizzou receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to the Chiefs while the second send Ohio State receiver Devin Smith to Kansas City. Clearly this is the pick this year for the Chiefs. I can't blame them. Other position folks have mentioned for Kansas City includes offensive line and safety. There haven't been many mock selections of inside linebacker in the first round this year but there probably should be as that's a big position of need.