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2018 AP mock draft: If the Chiefs still had pick No. 22 overall

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Florida State S Derwin James
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A world without quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City is not a world many Chiefs fans want to think about, but for the sake of discussion, what if there was no 2017 trade-up and the Chiefs still had the No. 22 overall pick in this year’s draft?

Who would they take?

The AP mock draft continues with the Chiefs’ hypothetical pick:

With the 22nd pick of the 2018 Arrowhead Pride mock draft, Kansas City Chiefs GM KelceKrazies selects...

Florida State S Derwin James

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Florida State Seminoles defensive back Derwin James speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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We all know the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense was pretty bad last year, and while they have tried to help, there are still some big holes. One major contributing factor to helping the defense is Eric Berry coming back to the team.

But you know what is better than getting Eric Berry back? Getting TWO Eric Berrys!

Derwin has drawn the comparisons to Eric Berry based on his versatile use at Florida State and the insane athletic ability. He is a safety that can be equally imposing as Eric Berry in the box whether getting out to the sidelines, blowing up screens, taking on and shedding blocks, or even rushing the passer (seriously, he has more pass rush moves than all but five or six EDGE players in this draft). James is a big hitter that will bring the hammer in running backs, wide receivers, or tight ends and is constantly looking to force the turnover. While he can act as is a pseudo linebacker if need be, his athleticism allows him to still be a Safety but dominate the run game.

In the passing game, James is great in man coverage on bigger receivers and TEs using his length and athleticism to take them away. He didn’t play a ton of outside cornerback at FSU but on third-and-shorts, he would often kick outside to press WRs. In zone James has great range even if he is still figuring out what he is seeing unfold. Everyone has to remember he only got two years of college experience due to an injury his sophomore year. He has the athleticism and flashes the ability to play CF, like Berry did, but wasn’t put in a position to do so. In shallow zones, James mirrors the QB well acting as a spy and trying to use exceptional ball skills to make big plays.

Bringing Derwin James in to pair with Eric Berry gives the Chiefs two versatile players capable of playing all the safety roles. The ability to shift and mask coverages would allow the defense to be more innovative and fluid throughout the year. James is the rare kind of prospect that could improve every facet of the defense early in his career even while still defining some more nuanced aspects of the NFL.

2018 AP mock draft results

  1. Browns - QB Sam Darnold (69 percent)
  2. Giants - DE Bradley Chubb (44 percent)
  3. Jets - QB Josh Allen (46 percent)
  4. Browns - RB Saquon Barkley (82 percent)
  5. Broncos - G Quenton Nelson (50 percent)
  6. Colts - LB Tremaine Edmunds (47 percent)
  7. Bucs - RB Derrius Guice (21 percent)
  8. Bears - DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (59 percent)
  9. 49ers - CB Denzel Ward (71 percent)
  10. Raiders - WR Calvin Ridley (70 percent)
  11. Dolphins - DT Vita Vea (77 percent)
  12. Bills - QB Josh Rosen (71 percent)
  13. Redskins - OT Connor Williams (59 percent)
  14. Packers - OLB Harold Landry (65 percent)
  15. Cardinals - QB Lamar Jackson (77 percent)
  16. Ravens - WR DJ Moore (66 percent)
  17. Chargers - LB Roquan Smith (73 percent)
  18. Seahawks - CB Josh Jackson (77 percent)
  19. Cowboys - DL Da’Ron Payne (64 percent)
  20. Lions - DL Marcus Davenport (55 percent)
  21. Bengals - OL Isaiah Wynn (66 percent)
  22. Bills - WR Courtland Sutton (22 percent)
    *CHIEFS SPECIAL PICK* - S Derwin James