Much like how we discussed the Kansas City Chiefs’ perfect draft scenario on the AP Chiefs Draft Show, ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay gave their ideal selections.
If you’ve followed the Draftmas List articles I’ve written this past few months, you’ll see some familiar names.
Kiper gave the Chiefs:
Round 2 (54): Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
Round 3 (78): Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
Round 3 (86): Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
This is probably my favorite of the two. Both Ronnie Harrison and Tim Settle are Draftmas List members, and I consider both good value where they are selected here. Rankin is a good offensive lineman who can play a multitude of spots on the offensive line. While he won’t be on the Draftmas List, I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed in the selection either if he were there in round three. I have a third-round grade on him, and he fits the offensive scheme of the Chiefs.
McShay’s perfect scenario is:
Round 2 (54): Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia
Round 3 (78): Holton Hill, CB, Texas
Round 3 (86): Mason Cole, C, Michigan
You should already be familiar with Draftmas List member Holton Hill. The off-field concerns with Hill are the only thing keeping him from being a higher selection. There’s actually one more Draftmas List member that we haven’t discussed on here.
Let’s just go ahead and talk about him right now:
Lorenzo Carter, EDGE
6’ 5” | 250 | Georgia
Projected Draft Range: second round
Games watched: Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma
Prospect grade (out of 100): 83.4
I would take him in the: second round
One sentence bio: Second-team All-SEC performer and Georgia native.
One sentence scouting report: Long, athletic EDGE prospect who provides versatility to a defense.
Lorenzo Carter comes into the left side of the screen vs Durham Smythe.. stab with the inside pole, crosses face w/good flexibility and timing for the FF. pic.twitter.com/tEpJ6A6IdE— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) March 28, 2018
Why he fits in KC: Carter isn’t the prototypical EDGE prospect I typically target. I prefer more dense and powerful players rushing from the outside. However, I can’t shake how intrigued I am by him. Carter tested exceptionally well at the NFL Combine. The athletic profile is combined with a prospect who plays with great leverage. He uses his long frame to his advantage and is able to set a great edge in the run game. He’s played some as an off-ball defender and is fluid dropping into coverage. Carter can be a chess piece on a defense, and be a solid contributor immediately, even while he continues to refine his technique as a pass rusher. While I wish his athleticism translated more to his first step, Carter should be able to develop nicely into a very good EDGE. I would very happy if the Chiefs selected my 43rd-ranked player in the class.
AP Chiefs Draft Show
You can listen to a breakdown of what I believe would be the perfect Chiefs draft scenario on last week’s episode of the AP Chiefs Draft Show. You can find us on the player below, iTunes and Google Play.