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Mel Kiper’s Chiefs pick is in, and it’s a safety

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NFL Draft season equals mock draft season, and after Todd McShay mocked Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter to the Kansas City Chiefs with their first pick in the second round earlier this morning, Mel Kiper Jr. weighed in with his mock picks.

As you read Kiper’s picks, keep in mind his rules: he makes a pick in the best interest of only the team with the pick in each slot, no trades considered and no projected picks—he uses value as he sees it up and down his own rankings board.

To the picks:

Round 2 (54): Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

Round 3 (78): Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State

Round 3 (86): Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

With no first-round pick because of the trade up for Patrick Mahomes last year, Kansas City has to get creative to fill its needs. Harrison would be a great fit next to a (hopefully) healthy Eric Berry. Rankin started at left tackle for the Bulldogs but could be a swing tackle at the next level. Settle is an ultra-talented nose tackle who could compete for the starting spot.

NFL.com’s draft and combine profile of Harrison compares him to former Arizona Cardinals Adrian Wilson, a three-time All-Pro.

Here is the site’s description:

Combination safety with all the size and athletic traits you could hope for in a safety. Harrison is a fluid athlete with few athletic limitations and has the ability to fit into a variety of defensive schemes. His penchant for flying in shoulder first will need to get cleaned or risk giving up missed tackles and big plays. Harrison’s physical approach and urgency in run support gives him a chance to start early, but his potential in coverage and athletic ability give him a chance to become a Pro Bowler.

It sounds to me like Harrison has the potential to be an above-average player who could upgrade that to elite under the tutelage of Eric Berry.

Links: Kiper’s full mock draft | Harrison’s full draft profile

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