As a part of a special edition of the Arrowhead Pride Draft Show, we did a full Kansas City Chiefs mock draft with only players that participated this week in the Senior Bowl.
It was a fun-but-challenging exercise that forced us to be thoughtful and creative given the constraints of a smaller draft pool — especially when looking at it in each spot. There are likely some situations we would trade down, but not in this exercise.
Here we go:
Round 1: EDGE Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame
We would look to trade out in this scenario and ideally take Hayes 10 to 15 picks later, but he also earned a lot of money this week as one of the best players at the event. Hayes hangs his hat on his power, but he showed the ability to soften the corner and get to the quarterback. He has some of the desirable measurables and versatility — playing inside, outside and as a linebacker.
Round 2: DB Richie Grant, UCF
The Chiefs keep adding to the Bermuda triangle that is their safety group. Grant was utilized in a variety of alignments throughout the week and executed whatever coaches asked him to do. He faced some tough matchups in the slot and held his own. He’s yet another piece that could give the Chiefs the ability to be varied in coverage — and potentially utilize L’Jarius Sneed outside more if they so choose.
Round 3: IOL David Moore, Grambling
Why didn’t you take an offensive lineman earlier!?!?!?
Let me tell you why.
This offensive line class is absolutely loaded and has revealed itself even more after the Senior Bowl. The draft isn’t always about rushing to make your very first pick the biggest position of need — there are pockets in every draft. Good teams navigate the pockets to find good value in every round. The Chiefs do so here with a player who helped his stock significantly this week. Moore played center most of the week and looked the best with the ball in his hands. He’s slightly under 6 feet 2 and 350 pounds and has better feet than players 50 pounds lighter than him. A road grader in the run game, stout in pass protection and functional movement skills — Moore is a gem in this class.
Round 4: OL Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
SEE! Moore help! We go back-to-back offensive linemen and grab a guy with inside/outside versatility on the offensive line. Moore is raw but shows the potential to hold up at tackle with a quality athletic profile. He has an outside chance to be one of the Chiefs’ best five offensive linemen earlier but provides a developmental prospect that has a chance to be a solution outside moving forward.
Round 4 compensatory pick: WR Austin Watkins, UAB
It remains to be seen what the Chiefs will do with Sammy Watkins this offseason, but we add his cousin into the mix with their first compensatory pick. This Watkins had a great week — showing some downfield ability and fluidity and good feet — snapping off some impressive routes.
Round 5: CB Benjamin St. Juste, Minnesota
A big press corner with powerful hands that he uses well at the line of scrimmage? Sounds like a Steve Spagnuolo cornerback to me. St. Juste struggles to change direction, but he can operate similarly to what the Chiefs ask of Charvarius Ward and Bashaud Breeland. He would be a quality developmental player to add depth outside.
Round 5 Compensatory: LB Derrick Barnes, Purdue
A former edge rusher, Barnes could be the next SAM linebacker for the Chiefs. He showed good coverage ability for the 245-pound linebacker with desirable length and a pass-rush background. He could contribute on special teams and find a role in the base defense.
Round 6 (pick swap with Miami): EDGE Tarron Jackson, Coastal Carolina
He may not be the exact prototype of a Spagnuolo edge but he comes close — possessing desirable density and versatility to kick inside. Jackson shows some promise as a power player that can hold up well against the run, push the pocket and run into some effort sacks as a rotational player.
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