Like him or not, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is one of the draft analysts who gets a lot of attention. On Tuesday, he published his fourth mock draft of the offseason — a full two-rounder that features two trades and six quarterbacks taken during the first six picks.
By the time the Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock for the 31st pick, offensive tackles Penei Sewell, Rashawn Slater, Christian Darrisaw and Teven Jenkins have all been taken — and Kiper projects the Chiefs will go elsewhere.
31. Jayson Oweh • OLB • Penn State
It has to be offensive tackle or edge rusher for the Chiefs here, right? The Super Bowl loss showed off some major weaknesses, even if this roster is still one of the league’s best. Oweh is an interesting case because his coaches raved about his athletic traits, and he just ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at 257 pounds. That’s unbelievable. Sacks aren’t everything, but he didn’t have any last season, and Oweh could be the first FBS defensive lineman since Dominique Easley (2014) to be selected in the first two rounds after not recording a sack in his final collegiate season, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Scouts rave about his upside, but I still would have liked more production.
When the Chiefs come back for the 63rd pick, tackles Jalen Mayfield, Samuel Cosmi, Dillon Radunz, Liam Eichenberg and Jackson Carman have all been selected.
63. Walker Little • OT • Stanford
I’ve been watching Little closely since he started at left tackle as a true freshman in 2017. He looked like a first-round lock after the 2018 season. Then he injured his knee in the season opener in 2019, missed all of that season and opted out of last season, which means he hasn’t been on the field much. For Kansas City, this is a pick all about projection, as Little has the frame (6-foot-7) and footwork to be a future starter at tackle. Still, because he hasn’t played much since 2018, it’s tough to project his future.
The Arrowhead Pride Nerd Squad’s KC Draft Guide gives Little a third-round grade, ranking him as the 10th-best offensive tackle prospect — and given the players already taken in Kiper’s scenario, the best available tackle at 63.
In his third mock, Kiper had the Chiefs taking Eichenberg at 31. In his second, he projected Little to Kansas City in the first round. Back in January, he chose EDGE Azeez Ojulari for the Chiefs — but with the 32nd pick.
Depending on how you feel about the Chiefs’ pass rush — or whether you think the team might yet find a veteran player to become left tackle — some of Kiper’s previous projections might make more sense to you.
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