On Thursday, “Good Morning Football” host Peter Schrager — a friend of the site and well-known advocate for the Kansas City Chiefs in the national media — published his first mock draft of the offseason on NFL.com.
If you’ve been watching these national mock drafts, a couple of things stick out. One is that offensive tackle Rashawn Slater comes off the board with the sixth pick, while Penei Sewell is gone with the eighth. Few mocks have Slater going before Sewell — but Schrager says that “a few teams” have told him that this is how it will play out.
Then he has offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw going with the 13th pick. So tackles Teven Jenkins, Samuel Cosmi, Liam Eichenberg (among others who are often gone by this point) are all available when the Chiefs go on the clock.
31. Terrace Marshall Jr. • WR • LSU
LSU has been so loaded with talent the past few years that Marshall’s name has almost gone under the radar in NFL draft circles. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder scored 23 touchdowns in 19 games over the past two seasons.
When a national writer publishes a mock that doesn’t have the Chiefs picking an offensive tackle at 31, it’s easy to dismiss them as being uninformed about the team’s needs. But it’s not reasonable to make that criticism of Schrager; at the national level, he’s as plugged into this team as anyone.
Does Schrager know something we don’t? We have to at least consider the possibility that he does — and that despite the team’s needs on the offensive line, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach could be planning to simply take the best player he can find in the first round. And it’s not as if that wide receiver isn’t a need. With the departure of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Marshall would certainly be a player who could fill a hole on the team.
Or... there’s another possibility: Veach is leveraging his relationship with Schrager to run a false flag up the staff.
The NFL Draft begins in three weeks.
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