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The AP Nerd Squad picks a full seven-round Chiefs mock draft

The guys celebrate the 2021 KC Draft Guide’s release day with a full-scale mock.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 11 CFP National Championship - Alabama v Ohio State Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s release day for the 2021 KC Draft Guide! We’re so excited to share our work with all of you. Throughout April, we’ll be profiling a player every day here on Arrowhead Pride. We’ll also be providing mock drafts like this one!

For the release-day episode of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory podcast, we did an entire mock draft with players who are high fits in this year’s edition of the Draft Guide.

31. OL Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JAN 11 CFP National Championship - Alabama v Ohio State Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Would I take Leatherwood here? No. But he’s one of the few offensive lineman in this draft class that has the arm length that Andy Reid has typically coveted. We view Leatherwood as an interior offensive lineman at the next level — but being one of the few top talents with the kind of arm length Reid prefers, we could see the Chiefs taking him for the position at which he ended his college career. We have a full feature on Reid’s historical arm length preferences — and which players are above the average — in the KC Draft Guide.

63. CB Elijah Molden, Washington

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 14 Oregon State at Washington Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Chiefs showed interest in some slot cornerbacks, and Molden fits that... mold. Our player comparison from a playing-style perspective (not a career projection) is Tyrann Mathieu. Molden is a smart, high-football-character slot player who would fit perfectly in this defense — and allow L’Jarius Sneed to play more outside.

94. WR Seth Williams, Auburn

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Williams is a receiver who has a skillset the Chiefs need to stockpile. He profiles as an X receiver who can win above the rim and outside the numbers. The Chiefs would be smart to add a bigger-bodied receiver who can get the ball at the catch point, play physically through contact and be a force in the red zone. Williams has the tools to do just that.

136. EDGE Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt

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If it weren’t for a torn Achilles, we might be talking about Odeyingbo as early as 63. An unfortunate injury gives the Chiefs a chance to grab a prototypical Steve Spagnuolo defensive end on Day 3. The talent and versatility make him a perfect fit — and due to his injury, potentially a good value, too.

144. IOL Trey Hill, Georgia

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 03 Georgia at Kentucky

After we project Leatherwood at tackle, we address the interior here with a quality, stout prospect at center. Hill is an SEC-experienced center who has some very fixable issues with leverage that can be improved with adjustments to his stance and additional technical work.

175. WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa

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An explosive wide receiver with special-teams value means Reid and ST coordinator Dave Toub are both excited. Smith-Marsette operates similarly to the likes of Mecole Hardman — but with a little more hip fluidity.

181. EDGE Joshua Kaindoh, Florida State

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A quality athletic profile and a highly regarded recruit coming out of high school, Kaindoh hasn’t put it all together yet — but late in the draft, he has the profile and athleticism that justify taking a swing.

207. CB Bryan Mills, North Carolina Central

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Mills profiles more as an outside cornerback. He has good height and length — and made improvements over his week in Mobile for the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl. This late in the draft, he’s also worth a swing.

KC Draft Guide

The 2021 edition of the KC Draft Guide is now available!

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