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2018 NFL mock draft roundup: Is Lorenzo Carter the name to watch for Chiefs?

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A look at who the experts the Chiefs may select with pick No. 54.

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Lorenzo Carter
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With the NFL Draft just two days away, I figured it would be a good idea to round up a list of who the experts have the Kansas City Chiefs selecting.

Remember, since the Chiefs do not have a first-round pick as of this moments, these picks are who the experts feel the Chiefs would pick with their second-round selection at No. 54 overall.

DL Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State

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Nathan Shepherd
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via The Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor

PAYLOR: There will be a learning curve here, as Shepherd played his college ball at tiny Fort Hays State. But there’s no doubting his physical traits and tape. At a solidly-built 6 feet 4 and 315 pounds, Shepherd possesses outstanding athleticism and a real drive to get better. He’ll have the benefit of playing a handful of snaps this year behind the likes of Xavier Williams, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Chris Jones and Jarvis Jenkins before earning a starting role in 2019 as a shaded nose or penetrating three-technique. By the way, I’d like to welcome Shepherd to the 2018 All-Juice Team (coming Wednesday).

EDGE Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

via Jay Binkley of 610 Sports Radio

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: Carter was a five-star prospect and one of the most heralded players in the nation when he was recruited by Georgia but he never made the impact expected of him as a Bulldog. However, Carter played with increased toughness and confidence this year and his NFL potential began to reassert itself once again. Carter absolutely wrecked the Combine in just about every category and could be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3 with sideline-to-sideline range and the tools to become a productive edge rusher in sub-packages. He needs to add more bulk, but he is a future NFL starter.

OL Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

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Tyrell Crosby
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via RJ White of CBS Sports, in the Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein: Evaluators may stick with Crosby at right tackle in the pros, but his issues with hip tightness and gaining enough ground to the edge in pass protection may force a move inside to guard sooner rather than later. Crosby has technical issues to smooth out, but he will appeal to teams who covet size, length and strength as he puts big checkmarks in those boxes. Crosby is a bulldozer who can generate good movement in the run game, but he lacks the body control for desired consistency at tackle or guard. He has NFL starting talent but he may have a limited ceiling.

EDGE Lorenzo Carter, Georgia

via ESPN’s Todd McShay, in the Kiper vs. McShay three-round mock

McSHAY: Carter is a bit of a tweener, but Kansas City desperately needs pass-rushers.

CB Nick Nelson, Wisconsin

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Nick Nelson
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via Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com

CAMPBELL: The Chiefs traded Marcus Peters away and acquired Kendall Fuller and David Amerson. Fuller is a nickel, while Amerson is a journeyman. Here’s a potential long-term starter on the outside.

Nelson (5-11, 200) put together a strong 2017 season for the Badgers, breaking up 21 passes and making 34 tackles. Nelson had zero interceptions, however, and not turning some of those breakups into turnovers will bother some evaluators. The NFL Draft Advisory Board gave the redshirt junior a second-round estimation in his report.

Nelson started out his collegiate career at Hawaii, where he had 53 tackles with 15 breakups as a sophomore in 2015. He started as a freshman for the Rainbow Warriors, notching 36 tackles and six breakups.

Poll

With pick No. 54, the Chiefs should select:

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    DL Nathan Shepherd, Fort Hays State
    (366 votes)
  • 43%
    EDGE Lorenzo Carter, Georgia
    (919 votes)
  • 1%
    OL Tyrell Crosby, Louisville
    (37 votes)
  • 16%
    CB Nick Nelson, Wisconsin
    (359 votes)
  • 20%
    Other
    (435 votes)
2116 votes total Vote Now