The playoff run will soon be under way but it’s never to early to start looking at how the team will reload in the upcoming draft. While the team has looked good finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record and the two seed in the AFC there is always room for improvement. I used a mock draft simulator via The Draft Network in order to move the selections for other teams along while I got ready to play the role of Brett Veach. This draft simulator went in order of each team’s playoff seeding and record which put the Chiefs at 29 on the board. The Chiefs are also without a 6th and 7th round pick as those players turned into Darren Lee and Jordan Lucas.
Round 1 Pick 29: C.J. Henderson CB Florida
Henderson fits the mold for the type of corner Steve Spagnuolo has liked to use so far in his short time in KC. Henderson is listed at 6ft1 but has very long arms which have helped him in man coverage in his time at Florida. While he didn’t record an interception in the 2019 season (11 passes defended) he has 6 career interceptions through 3 seasons. The Chiefs will need to continue to bolster the corner position and Henderson will have the ability to come in and contribute right away. He appears to have above average burst when he has to accelerate to make a play, as well as a nose for the ball. He will need to continue to work on his physicality and ability to play against the run but with his lanky build he could be a valuable asset for the Chiefs. The Chiefs are on the cusp of creating a very formidable corner back unit with how well Ward has played this year. If Henderson is able to progress well at the next level he could turn into the shut down corner the Chiefs have been looking for.
Round 2 Pick 61: Cam Akers RB Florida State
The Chiefs struggled to find consistency at the running back position in 2019 cycling through 5 different backs through the regular season. The position will be high on their priority list in the draft. Enter Cam Akers. This guy has some impressive juice in the open field and very rarely goes down on first contact. He is a proven back that has played behind a poor offensive line for most of his college career, but still has managed two 1k yard seasons. Adept hands in the pass and screen game, as well as his ability to run strong in zone schemes leads him to be a very good fit for what the Chiefs will want to do on offense. There are some questions of his vision in man blocking type plays, as well as his protection in the pass game. He also has fumbled the ball three times in each of the past two seasons. His consistency as a player has also been questioned, given his drop off in 2018 after a 1k yard season in 2017. These will be things for him to work on and perhaps will need to sit a half a season to learn and develop but he has all the physical attributes to be a big time play maker in the NFL.
Round 3 Pick 93: Solomon Kindley G Georgia
Big Fella!! His size is what first pops up when you see this guy take the field. 6ft4 and around 330 and a grinder in the trenches for one of the best offensive lines in the entire country. He has a nasty streak and plays through the whistle. The 3 year starter has plenty of experience in big games. Good base in pass protection allows him to drop his hips and anchor in and as result not many guys will be bull rushing him. Active hands and a quick get off help him dominate guys in zone and man schemes. If he can cut his weight down a little bit it could help improve his screen blocking which he will need playing in an Andy Reid type offense. He is also over aggressive at times and can be caught lunging forward, especially when working up to backers. Quicker interior players also have given him some trouble in the run game. Patience and timing with his hands and feet will be something he has to improve upon. Andy Heck is a great offensive line coach, and I think having a room of veterans like Schwartz and Fisher can help the big man find his way. If he can pick up the offense quick enough he can immediately be a plug and play guy and bring a physicality the Chiefs have been missing up front for a while now.
Round 4 Pick 125: Collin Johnson WR Texas
This might be a the biggest surprise pick of the draft but something tells me Andy Reid would love to have this guy if given the chance. Standing 6ft6 this guy has been a four year player at Texas. His numbers are a little disappointing as he only accumulated 559 yards and three touchdowns. He will need to improve his route running considerably but I think he could be an immediate red zone type receiver, and be a match up nightmare especially with teams paying so much attention to Travis Kelce near the goal line. With a very deep core of receivers Johnson will have plenty of time to continue to develop as a player. As mentioned he could bolster a Chiefs team which struggled in red zone scoring and create matchups that would make the Chiefs hard to stop. He will need to continue to get better at catching the ball away from his body to make contested catches. He is a raw talent who given the right support could carve out a niche being a go to guy in the red zone.
Round 5 Pick 156: J.R. Reed S Georgia
Reed could be a nice mid round selection and provide quality depth at the Safety position. Depending on what the Chiefs decide to do with Dan Sorensen at years end Reed could even work his way into playing time when the Chiefs go in one of their safety heavy nickel sets. This guy isn’t afraid of contact and played a big time role making tackles near the line of scrimmage for Georgia this year. His strength is playing the ball in front of him. His play recognition is a little slow at times, especially when deciphering rout combinations. He does have a nose for making big plays and he showed improvement in his body control when getting to the line of scrimmage to make a big play. He plays extremely fast and is a sure tackler.