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Selecting the pool of players from which the Chiefs might draft

The AP Nerd Squad does a snake draft of the 44 players the Chiefs might draft

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On this week’s episode of the AP Draft Show, we decided to try and guess the player pool from which we think the Kansas City Chiefs will select next week in the NFL Draft.

We did a snake-style draft of 44 players we think could be selected by the Chiefs. Whoever has the most chosen next week will be the winner. If they’re lucky, the winner will only have two or three players picked.

We all had different strategies in how we approached choosing players. In some cases, it wasn’t even players we were particularly high on but could see the logic behind selecting.

Here is how the “teams” shook out:

Kent Swanson

  1. CB Rock Ya Sin, Temple
  2. CB Byron Murphy, Washington
  3. S Darnell Savage, Maryland
  4. EDGE Charles Omenihu, Texas
  5. CB Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky
  6. LB Sione Takitaki, BYU
  7. TE Kahale Warring, San Diego State
  8. S Mike Edwards, Kentucky
  9. RB Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State
  10. IOL Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
  11. DL Trysten Hill, UCF

My priorities in this draft were to grab a few Kentucky players due to the Matt House connection, attack the pocket of late-round one/round two cornerbacks and go from there. We did this draft before we knew Warring, Murphy and Johnson were visiting the Chiefs, so getting those players looks like solid decision making. If the Chiefs grab a cornerback in the top 64, I feel good about hitting on at least one player.

Craig Stout

  1. DL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
  2. CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
  3. EDGE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
  4. WR Kelvin Harmon, North Carolina State
  5. TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
  6. IOL Connor McGovern, Penn State
  7. EDGE Austin Bryant, Clemson
  8. RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis
  9. LB Germaine Pratt, North Carolina State
  10. LB Cody Barton, Utah
  11. WR Keelan Doss, UC Davis

Craig took Simmons with the first pick in the entire draft. Per Instagram, Simmons visited Kansas City in the last few weeks. He’s an excellent player with some character concerns in his background,and tore his ACL in preparation for the draft. Craig spread his options across multiple positions.

Matt Lane

  1. DL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
  2. CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
  3. WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
  4. CB Justin Layne, Michigan State
  5. WR Hollywood Brown, Oklahoma
  6. CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
  7. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
  8. CB JoeJuan Williams, Vanderbilt
  9. EDGE Ben Banogu, TCU
  10. S Juan Thornhill, Virginia
  11. EDGE Porter Gustin, USC

Matt focused on two positions to hope to land one of each. He was the most aggressive of anyone trying to find a wide receiver in that first and second round range. If the Chiefs go wide receiver early, Matty could be in good shape with Brown, Samuel and Butler.

Jake Morley

  1. EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
  2. S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
  3. TE Foster Moreau, LSU
  4. IOL Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State
  5. EDGE Anthony Nelson, Iowa
  6. CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan
  7. EDGE Zach Allen, Boston College
  8. EDGE LJ Collier, TCU
  9. CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn
  10. RB Dexter Williams, Notre Dame
  11. QB Easton Stick, North Dakota State

Jake kicked his draft off with what seems like the best trade-up candidate in the draft. He’s banking on general manager Brett Veach’s aggressive tendencies and took a prime option if Veach decides to move up in the first round. He hedged with day two and three EDGE prospects and sprinkled in other positions across his draft. Bunting reportedly visited the Chiefs in the past week, so that’s looking like a good move at this point.


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