Mock Draft Roundup 7.0: Experts Make Their Final Picks for Chiefs at No. 28 from The Mothership
The experts have spoken. The pencils are down and the final articles have been submitted.
After months of speculation and guesswork on what NFL teams might do with their first-round picks, the final mock drafts are upon us...
...In 30 of the most popular mock drafts across the internet, almost half of them believe the Chiefs will select a cornerback with the No. 28 overall pick.
Over the past 49 years, there have been 11 defensive backs selected with that No. 28 pick, which is the most for any position.
It's worth nothing that every defensive back the Chiefs have ever selected in the first round has gone on to make at least one Pro Bowl in their careers...
Notable Draft Selections At No. 28 Overall from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs will select 28th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28.
The Chiefs have only held the 28th overall pick once, in 1996, when they selected Jerome Woods. Woods made the Pro Bowl in 2003 and spent his entire career (1996-2005) with the Chiefs.
Here is a list of other notable 28th overall draft picks:
The Star's NFL mock draft, version 4.0 from The Kansas City Star
28. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State: Assuming some interior defensive linemen they like are off the board — in case Vernon Butler, Chris Jones and Robert Nkemdiche (all of whom The Star has mocked to the Chiefs in previous mock drafts) are gone — the Chiefs have their choice of two corners with first-round grades in Apple and William Jackson III of Houston in this scenario. Apple has great physical traits; he is big (6-1, 199), fast (4.4 40) and and still growing as a player, and he could be long gone by this pick. Jackson (6-0, 187) is an aggressive corner with great ball skills, but if forced to choose, the Chiefs might pick Apple because he's the bigger man with a high ceiling. If those guys are gone, and the Chiefs remain intent on picking a corner, a physically-gifted player like Miami's Artie Burns might be a nice fit.
Also, keep an eye out for an edge rusher (Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence or Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun), a safety (West Virginia's Karl Joseph), an offensive guard (K-State's Cody Whitehair), a receiver (Will Fuller, Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman are all worthy first rounders) or a trade down.
With the 28th pick, the Kansas City Chiefs select ... from Chiefs Digest
Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid have multiple ways they can go in the first round, and could use help at wide receiver, guard, defensive line, outside linebacker and cornerback.
Kansas City also finds itself short a Top 100 pick with the loss of a third-round pick, so the need to regain an additional pick could be higher than what's available at pick 28 in the first round.
Still, here are 10 candidates that should be in the discussion if either is on the board at 28.
In case you missed it, I picked Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Vernon Butlerfor the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of ESPN NFL Nation's mock draft. But for me, the choice was not as clear as last year, when I hit with my projection on the first-round position (cornerback) but not the player (I had Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest but in the real draft he had already been selected so the Chiefs went with Marcus Peters).
The Chiefs are picking later this year (28th as opposed to 18th last year) but they still have plenty of appealing options. Given the choices I had, I considered for the Chiefs Alabama center Ryan Kelly and Clemson linebacker Kevin Dodd(among others).
First-round predictions for the 2016 NFL Draft from Chiefs Digest
28. Kansas City Chiefs: DL Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
Kansas City has a trend going where they seem to draft a first-round talent to replace a potential impending free agent. Eric Fisher, Dontari Poe and Eric Berry are currently the biggest free agents to hit the market in 2017. The Chiefs may have Berry locked up to a contract before then and have invested in Jaye Howard and Allen Bailey financially. Butler would provide the team with an athletic defensive lineman who can play defensive end and nose tackle.
Biggest hit: Dontari Poe (No. 11, 2012 draft)
Biggest miss: Jonathan Baldwin (No. 26, 2011 draft)
The Chiefs have a number of big-name first-round picks on their roster, including 2015 defensive rookie of the year Marcus Peters. For every Peters, Poe and Eric Berry on their draft ledger, though, there is another player who failed to meet draft expectations. Baldwin was the biggest of the first-round misses -- he lasted two seasons and caught two touchdowns for the team after being drafted 26th overall in 2011.
Rating the top guards and centers in the 2016 NFL Draft from The Kansas City Star
1. CODY WHITEHAIR, Kansas State
Measurables: 6-4, 301, 24, 5.08
Bio: Four-year starter who started 51 of 52 career games. Started all 13 games at left tackle in 2015.
Consensus: Experienced player who performed well in the three-cone drill (7.32) at the combine and has a high football IQ. College left tackle who projects to guard due to his less-than-ideal length for an NFL tackle. Also started games at guard and right tackle in his career. Has very good feet; is athletic on the the edge in pass protection and is very quick working to the second level, where he can wall off linebackers. Needs to gain anchor strength; can be walked back on bull rushes in pass protection. Showed a surprising lack of strength in the bench press with only 16 reps at the combine. Has the look of a good starter in a zone-heavy running scheme.
McShay's final tier rankings are not good news for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has only 22 players in his top three tiers, which includes all of those he believes are deserving to be drafted in the first round.
The Chiefs have the 28th pick, so unless one or more of the 22 players drops, the Chiefs will be taking someone who at least in McShay's estimation is a second-round talent.
McShay's fourth tier contains 16 players, those he has rated from 23 to 38 overall. He describes this group of players this way: "Would rather not reach for these prospects late in the first round, but they're good value picks in the first half of Round 2.''
Chiefs GM John Dorsey called his shot with Marcus Peters a month before 2015 draft from The Kansas City Star
Dorsey earned a reputation for staying level even through the storm, a trait that's equal parts natural and borne from preparation.
As the top of last year's draft unfolded, Dorsey found his calm. He knew the player he wanted. He had fallen in love with this player while watching hours of video, attending days of meetings and reading stacks of reports. This player was perfect. Dorsey rated him as a top 10 talent in the draft but figured he'd fall to the Chiefs at No. 18 because of a messy history that included being kicked off his college team.
What Dorsey didn't tell anyone outside the organization was that where other teams saw concern, he saw strength. But could this top 10-caliber guy really drop all the way to the Chiefs?
Linebacker Derrick Thomas wasn't just a great pass-rusher for the Kansas City Chiefs. He changed the franchise's losing culture. The Chiefs drafted Thomas with the fourth overall pick of the 1989 draft, and in his rookie year they had just their third winning season in the previous 16. In his second season, 1990, the Chiefs began a run of seven playoff appearances in eight years, the most successful stretch in franchise history.
Watch: Chiefs' Dustin Colquitt talks about being only male in his family without a Super Bowl ring from The Kansas City Star
Whew, those family get-togethers have to be a bit painful for Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt.
His father, Craig, was a punter who won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s. Colquitt's younger brother, Britton, is also a punter and he just won Super Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos.
During a news conference earlier this month, Colquitt said he's the only male in his family without a Super Bowl ring.
The Chiefs were caught communicating directly with then-free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin before the free agency period officially began during the 2015 offseason. It's not exactly a shocking crime. Ever notice how many free agent deals are announced minutes after the period opens? Teams often have these things worked out way ahead of time, and the Chiefs just got caught doing it worse than most.
The Chiefs haven't had the sort open revolt response that the Patriots have had at times, but they're still pretty frustrated with the severity of the penalty and the seemingly random nature of the enforcement.
AFC team needs for the 2016 NFL draft from USA Today
Kansas City Chiefs
First-round pick: 28
Draft outlook: They forfeited their third-round pick for breaking tampering rules in their pursuit of free agent WR
Jeremy Maclinlast year, but the Chiefs still own seven picks overall, with two in the fifth round.
Needs: Overall, the roster is in good shape, but the Chiefs could target a cornerback with Sean Smith going to the Raiders. Kansas City could also use another defensive lineman and maybe a linebacker. Finding depth for the offensive line could be in the cards as well.
Loads of attention, but Paxton Lynch unlikely to make Tigers' NFL draft history from The Memphis Commercial Appeal
While some early mock drafts had Lynch going among the top 10 picks, he's projected more as a late first-round pick, where All-American running back DeAngelo Williams was chosen in 2006.
Only one other Tiger — defensive back Keith Simpson — has been taken among the top 10 picks in the draft. Simpson, who played at Hamilton High, was chosen ninth by the Seattle Seahawks in 1978.
The next-highest was defensive tackle Dontari Poe, a Wooddale High product, taken with the 11th pick in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. The only other Tiger to go in the top 15 was defensive back Derrick Burroughs, selected as the 14th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in 1985.
Here's a quick look at Tiger first-rounders:
Anthrop among those awaiting NFL call from The Lafayette Journal & Courier
Price was in Cincinnati last week meeting with Bengals coaches and personnel. He said he's had similar meetings with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. He couldn't work out for the teams, but in Cincinnati he broke down film with the coaches and underwent interviews and medical tests.
2016 NFL draft projections for UCLA athletes from The Daily Bruin
Caleb Benenoch, offensive guard/tackle
Daily Bruin Sports: 2nd round, 59th overall (Kansas City Chiefs)
NFL.com: 3rd round, 77th overall (Cleveland Browns)
Fox Sports: 3rd round, 95th overall (Detroit Lions)
CBS Sports: 2nd round, 59th overall (Kansas City Chiefs)
Benenoch never really got his feet firmly into a position at UCLA, as endless injuries and turmoil along the O-line caused him to shuffle back and forth between guard and tackle. But the excess experience Benenoch gained at both tackle and guard should help boost his draft stock.
At 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, Benenoch definitely passes the eye test for the standard NFL tackle. The two things he will need to work on will be refining his fundamentals and minimizing penalties, particularly false starts.
The Kansas City Chiefs appear to be a good fit for Benenoch at the end of the second round. The Chiefs lack depth along the line, and thus need a player like Benenoch who can move seamlessly from guard to tackle.
Marquez North is Vols' best shot in NFL draft from GoVolsXtra
The only Tennessee entrant expected to be picked is wide receiver Marquez North, who entered the draft after an injury-plagued junior season in which he finished with six receptions for 58 yards.
North's decision to enter the draft was a gamble on the belief that his combination of size speed and leaping ability would be enough to overcome his modest career production and injury concerns. That gamble appears increasingly likely to pay off. An NFL.com mock draft has North going to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round, and FoxSports.com has him going to the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round.
Texans show interest in Valdosta State RB Cedric O'Neal from The Houston Chronicle
O'Neal was an All-Gulf South Conference running back who led the conference with 17 touchdowns last season.
Mock Draft Final: Athletic Jalen Ramsey fills big need for Dallas Cowboys from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
28. Kansas City — Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama: The Chiefs likely take the best defensive player on their board, so Kevin Dodd, Mackensie Alexander or a DT could be the choice.
Palm Desert grad Lars Hanson ready for NFL's 'call' from The Desert Sun
Oh, man, can I call you right back? Kansas City is calling on the other line."
That's what 2010 Palm Desert graduate Lars Hanson said to me about two minutes into our phone conversation Tuesday.
You see, Hanson's phone is his most precious -- and most active commodity -- this week. It's NFL Draft week, and he's hoping his name will be one of the 253 called.
Roger Goodell's hugs and handshakes at the NFL Draft, ranked from For The Win!
8. Dontari Poe
A lot was made out of the hug that resulted in this photo:
Anonymous scout criticizes Eli Apple because he ‘can't cook' from Sports Illustrated
An anonymous scout criticized Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple because he "can't cook," reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn.
"I worry about him because of off-the-field issues," the scout said. "The kid has no life skills. At all. Can't cook. Just a baby. He's not first round for me. He scares me to death."
Though that anonymous scout does not have Apple going in the first round, SI's Greg Bedard has the cornerback going with the 28th pick to the Kansas City Chiefs in his mock draft.
‘Harry Potter's' Josh Herdman makes debut as amateur cage fighter from NY Daily News
Two of his older brothers boxed — Jake won the heavyweight division title in the Royal Marines and Luke fought in the Queensbury Boxing League — and his father was a boxer, actor and professional rugby player, Herdman told On The Road With Addicted MMA.
Martin Herdman, Josh's father, also tried out as running back for the Kansas City Chiefs before being cut in July 1984.
The perfect NFL draft for all 32 teams from The Washington Post
Kansas City Chiefs
Round 1, Pick No. 28: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
Excluding tight ends and running backs, the Chiefs' receiving corp caught just 12 touchdowns in 2015, an improvement over the year before when they didn't have any. Jeremy Maclin is the No. 1 wideout, but this team is in need of more threats through the air.
Shepard caught 86 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Sooners last season and had the second-highest yards per route run average from the slot (3.17) of any receiver in this draft class.
NFL Draft: UNI's Miller hopes to find right fit in free agent market from The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
If he's not drafted, Miller and his agent Samir Sampat expect him to receive a free agent offer.
Therefore, Miller has been in touch with teams and he's kept up with what teams have done as far as personnel changes on their rosters. Since participating in the Panthers' Pro Day last month, the Blue Springs, Mo., native has had at least one individual workout for a NFL team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
2016 Blue Water NFL Draft from The Post Huron Times Herald
He would imagine all of the NFL Draftees would take back their name at the last minute, leaving nothing but Blue Water Area football players up for grabs.
Well, there's a new commissioner in town, so let's keep this tradition rolling. And yes, I have Paul's permission to completely steal this idea. Who do you take me for?
...28. Kansas City Chiefs: Brady Bischer, defensive lineman, Yale
DeAndre Houston-Carson's versatility a plus heading into the draft from The Daily Press
"I haven't done any private workouts, but I'm just hoping to get the opportunity when the draft comes around to get in a camp," Abdul-Saboor said April 16. "I know if I get the opportunity, I'll make the most of it."
Silva's NFL Mock Draft from Yahoo! Sports
28. Kansas City Chiefs -- Ohio State CB Eli Apple
Although not yet a finished product, Apple possesses the size (6'1/199) and physical playing style that Chiefs DC Bob Sutton prefers in cornerbacks. Kansas City could ease in Apple behind Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines. The Chiefs' No. 1 need is cornerback.
Draft analysts intrigued with Butler, Dixon from The Shreveport Times
"I could see (Butler) in that late first to mid second range," Miller said. "Green Bay is a natural fit. Could see him in Kansas City, too. If the Patriots had an earlier pick, he's ideal for what they do up front. His size, power in his push and ability to control two gaps with his overall skill set makes him a pretty intriguing guy in round 1."
The Packers pick at No. 27, while the Chiefs sit at No. 28.
"I think he's going to end up being late first. If he falls into the second round, it will be the first couple of picks," Detillier said.
Where To Eat America's Best Regional BBQ Styles In NYC from The Gothamist
Only one restaurant in NYC has fully embraced Kansas City style 'cue: John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City. The BBQ joint, which was opened in 2010 by KC-native Josh Bowen, is Kansas City to the core with Chiefs and Royals memorabilia on the wall and Boulevard beer on tap.
"I was born and bred in KC, lived in Austin, and then worked at Hill Country," Bowen said. "I kind of missed my KC BBQ and felt there wasn't much in NYC so I thought I would give it the ol' college try."
Bowen has succeeded with aplomb.
American Football power Böhringer to Justin Bieber? from Stuttgarter Nachrichten [translated from the original German]
Many experts expect that Bohringer is selected. His agent Kyle Strongin trust his protege even to be selected in the fourth or fifth round. Seven rounds there. Bohringer would thus arrived at the provisional destination of his dreams - and have it to a certain extent the musician Justin Bieber done the same. The began his career also via Youtube - his mother invited Clips highly of him until an agent discovered him. Today Bieber is a highly acclaimed teen idol and a world star.