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New CBS mock draft gives the Chiefs a first-round linebacker

In the first round, Ryan Wilson projects a Notre Dame linebacker/safety to Kansas City.

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On Monday, CBS Sports analyst Ryan Wilson published a two-round mock draft that has the Washington Football Team trade into the eighth spot to take quarterback Trey Lance.

In Wilson’s estimation, offensive tackle prospects Penei Sewell, Rashawn Slater, Christian Darrisaw, Teven Jenkins and Samuel Cosmi are off the board by the 25th pick, while EDGE prospects Zaven Collins, Jalen Phillips, Azeez Ojulari, Kwity Payne Gregory Rousseau, Jayson Oweh and Carlos Basham Jr. are gone by the 27th pick.

So Wilson projects a first-round linebacker to the Kansas City Chiefs.

31. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah • LB • Notre Dame

Prospect Rank: 17th
Position Rank: 2nd

The Chiefs need to upgrade the offensive line, but with players already off the board the Chiefs bolster the defense with Owusu-Koramoah, who weighed 221 at his pro day and whose future could either be at linebacker or safety.

Then with the 63rd pick, Wilson figures the Chiefs will take interior offensive lineman Kendrick Green of Illinois.

At first glance — with starting linebacker Damien Wilson gone in free agency — there’s some logic in Wilson’s first-round choice. But as he notes, Owusu-Koramoah could end up profiling as a safety at the next level. That, in fact, is exactly where the Arrowhead Pride Nerd Squad has slotted him in the 2021 KC Draft Guide; they have him with a second-round grade, ranked third among safeties behind Trevon Moehrig-Woodard and Richie Grant. To be sure, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo could find a useful role in his defense for a player like Owusu-Koramoah.

But even if the Chiefs have him higher on their board, would they take him at 31 — when Wilson thinks offensive tackles Jaylen Mayfield, Dillon Radunz and Liam Eichenberg will still be available? And would the Chiefs take Green at 63, when Wilson thinks that the Nerd Squad’s top-rated interior offensive lineman — Landon Dickerson — will be available to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 64th pick?


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