It seems that draft season has officially risen from under the confetti of Super Bowl 54. This past week, the 2020 NFL Combine began and concluded with tons of measurements and interviews that may or may not sway teams come April’s draft.
With the NFL Combine having come to it’s conclusion, it’s only appropriate to merge the performances on the field with the hottest rumors around the league to come up with the best mock draft fits for the Kansas City Chiefs.
This is a full Chiefs mock that should set up the team for an even brighter future heading into 2020.
Round 1, Pick 32: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
The Kansas City Chiefs took a huge step defensively in the latter portion of the 2019-2020 season. However, two of their top-three cornerbacks for last season are set to hit free agency and with the team working on extensions for defensive lineman Chris Jones and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, they may not be able to retain one or both of Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland.
Diggs is an easy selection here. He ranks as a top-five cornerback prospect across many draft sites across the web. With strengths in zone and press coverage, many Chiefs fans can see some similarities to Marcus Peters. Unfortunately, he has moments where he shows a less-than ideal desire to tackle in open space or get in the mix for gang tackles. So, with Kansas City sitting at #32 in round-one, they will likely be looking at somewhat of a project with this pick. Diggs was simply the most polished of the options here.
Player comparison: Aquib Talib, Marcus Peters
Round 2, Pick 63: OL Robert Hunt, Louisiana
As mentioned before, the Chiefs will be making some tough calls along the roster this off-season due to pending extensions with key players. This means that the team will have to look into the possibility of moving some starters this and/or next off-season to make the numbers work within their cap situation.
This leads to the selection of four-year starter, and power-driven offensive lineman, Robert Hunt. Not only does Hunt share a namesake with Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt, but he is a workhorse, versatile interior lineman with a lot more room to develop.
Hunt strives in power blocking from one of the guard positions along the offensive line, but he does also have experience as a tackle. This provides the best case scenario for a guy that needs some professional development with his hand placement and footwork, as the Chiefs likely won’t have to push him into action early and often.
Right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has been mentioned as a cap casualty or a trade-away option for the Chiefs this off-season, but due to his cap hit he may be more likely to be moved after this upcoming season. This would give Hunt some time to develop, even if he is needed at left guard throughout the season, with the possibility of replacing LDT in 2021 at right guard.
Player comparison: Laken Tomlinson, Rodney Hudson
Round 3, Pick 96: S Kyle Dugger, Lenior-Rhyne
Kyle Dugger may be more of an accessory than a necessity for the Chiefs in this case, but the man can straight ball. His versatility and playmaking across the board should make Steve Spagnuolo and Dave Toub salivate.
Dugger is a tweener between a WILL/sub-package linebacker and a strong safety. His talents would provide flexibility not only on the field, but to Brett Veach and his cap wizardry.
The drafting of Dugger gives Veach flexibility with decisions at both linebacker and safety in free agency. Both Daniel Sorensen and Damien Wilson may be cap casualties this off-season, so drafting Dugger may be a solution to one or both of those losses.
Player comparison: Shaquem Griffin
Round 4, Pick 128: RB Anthony McFarland, Maryland
Another cap casualty this off-season may be in the running back department. Damien Williams was outstanding this past season, en route to a Super Bowl victory. But, the ability to play a variety of running backs in Andy Reid’s offense may make him expendable should the team find a cheaper alternative that appears attractive.
Regardless of the decision about Williams’ future, the Chiefs should be in the market for additional personnel at running back. McFarland has many people remembering the days of Jamaal Charles when they watch his film and he is certainly an explosive weapon.
His explosiveness and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield make him a big asset in Reid’s offense, much like Charles was, and as a fourth-round selection he will have time to grow into a role slowly.
Player comparison: Jamaal Charles, Ahmad Bradshaw
Round 5, Pick 159: LB Michael Divinity Jr., LSU
I know most Chiefs fans will ask why I am waiting so long in the draft to select a linebacker prospect, with that position being one of the weaker links on the team last season. The answer is two fold.
First, there simply were not good enough options where the Chiefs were selecting in this mock. The top prospects at the position (Patrick Queen, Kenneth Murray) were selected prior to the Chiefs pick in round-one and better prospects were available until this point. Secondly, the Chiefs currently have a solid core under contract (Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson, Dorian O’Daniel), which can give them some room to be best player specific throughout the draft.
Divinity is a bit of an unpolished prospect. He was used primarily as an outside linebacker/pash rusher in a similar role to Dee Ford in Bob Sutton’s defense with Kansas City, but he has shown the ability to cover tight ends, as well as some slot options. He has the ability, given some time, to develop into a strong SAM linebacker.
Prospect comparison: Poor man’s Derrick Johnson (Herm Edwards version)
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