The latest 2015 NFL mock draft from ESPN's Mel Kiper is in and he has the Kansas City Chiefs going wide receiver once again. The pick is Jaelen Strong out of Arizona State, which is a name we've heard before from Kiper.
Here's what Kiper said about Strong to the Chiefs:
At slightly under 6-foot-3, Strong also has a 42-inch vertical, a number that shows up on tape as he wins on balls in the air. Strong also has underrated speed and will run by cornerbacks who don't respect it. I don't know if a true down-the-field threat is going to make Alex Smith a down-the-field thrower, but Strong at least creates more of an option in the passing game.
In this mock draft, Strong is the FIFTH receiver off the board. Ahead of him are the usual three we often hear about - Alabama WR Amari Cooper, West Virginia WR Kevin White and Louisville WR DeVante Parker. The wild card here is Central Florida's Breshad Perriman, who is a new entry into the top 10 of Kiper's mock draft. Mike Mayoc recently raised Perriman to his fourth overall receiver so something is going on here to cause Perriman to rise in these mock drafts.
I'm probably looking at more offensive linemen and corners for the Chiefs in the first round than a receiver right now. Corner, especially, seems like a bigger need than it's perceived to be with Sean Smith potentially leaving next season.