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Chiefs go EDGE in Mel Kiper’s new mock draft

After going with an offensive tackle to Kansas City in February, the ESPN analyst goes a different way.

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ESPN analyst Mel Kiper released his latest mock draft on Tuesday. Kiper believes that four quarterbacks will be taken in the first five picks of April’s draft in Kansas City. He also thinks that before the Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock for the 31st pick of the NFL Draft, four offensive tackles, four wide receivers, three tight ends and five edge rushers will be off the board. Kiper thinks the Chiefs will then take a defensive end who will be familiar to Chiefs fans who follow nearby college teams.

31. Kansas City Chiefs: DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State

The Chiefs let JuJu Smith-Schuster leave in free agency, and their wide receiver depth chart looks a little thin. I thought about Jalin Hyatt (Tennessee) as a new deep threat for Patrick Mahomes, but I’m going to trust in Andy Reid’s ability to find contributors just about anywhere. That leads me to the edge rushers, and Anudike-Uzomah is a player I really wanted to get in these predictions somewhere.

There’s some buzz among NFL teams about Anudike-Uzomah after the combine. He had a great workout there, and he was super productive in college, racking up 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Kansas City replaced Frank Clark with Charles Omenihu, so Anudike-Uzomah likely would be a situational pass-rusher as a rookie.

In his last mock, Kiper had Kansas City select Georgia tackle Broderick Jones with its first-round pick. In this latest projection, Jones went to the New York Jets with the 13th pick. Georgia outside linebacker Nolan Smith — currently the player who is most-frequently mocked to the Chiefs in the first round — went to the New York Jets with the 12th selection. But LSU EDGE B.J. Ojulari — now tied with Anudike-Uzomah as the second-most frequent player mocked to Kansas City — was still available at 31.

National Mock Draft Picks

Pos Name School Pct
EDGE Nolan Smith Georgia 12%
EDGE B.J. Ojulari LSU 7%
EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah Kansas State 7%
WR Jalin Hyatt Tennessee 7%
WR Zay Flowers Boston College 7%
DT Bryan Bresee Clemson 7%
S Antonio Johnson Texas A&M 7%
EDGE Derick Hall Auburn 5%
RB Jahmyr Gibbs Alabama 5%
EDGE Keion White Georgia Tech 2%
EDGE Andre Carter Army 2%
EDGE Will McDonald Iowa State 2%
WR Jordan Addison USC 2%
WR Rashee Rice SMU 2%
T Anton Harrison Oklahoma 2%
T Dawand Jones Ohio State 2%
T Blake Freeland BYU 2%
T Matthew Bergeron Syracuse 2%
T Peter Skoronski Northwestern 2%
T Jaelyn Duncan Maryland 2%
T Broderick Jones Georgia 2%
T Darnell Wright Tennessee 2%
RB Bijan Robinson Texas 2%
TE Dalton Kincaid Utah 2%

National Mock Draft Positions

Position Pct
Edge rusher 38%
Wide receiver 19%
Offensive line 19%
Defensive tackle 7%
Running back 7%
Defensive back 7%
Tight end 2%
Linebacker 0%


What do you think of Mel Kiper’s latest Chiefs pick?

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  • 58%
    Looks good to me
    (1160 votes)
  • 14%
    Wrong player
    (293 votes)
  • 13%
    Wrong position
    (265 votes)
  • 13%
    Swing and a miss
    (257 votes)
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