The Kansas City Chiefs, coming off of a Super Bowl 54 victory, have a lot riding on this year’s NFL Draft. With defensive lineman Chris Jones, cornerback Breshad Breeland, and defensive back Kendall Fuller’s futures uncertain at the moment, this draft will carry a lot of weight as it pertains to the future of the Chiefs defense.
This mock draft will carry a lot of frustration and questions for some Chiefs fans, but it hopefully gives a glimpse of how the team can solve some cap space issues and take another huge step towards more success in 2020-21.
The outline for the Chiefs’ drafting strategy will shift a lot in the coming weeks, with free agency set to open up within the next week.
With that, let’s dive into the Chiefs mock 2.0!
Pick 14: K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU (TRADE w/ Tampa Bay)
Chaisson is the unquestioned #2 pass rusher in the NFL Draft behind Chase Young. Despite the loss of Chris Jones here, the Chiefs gain a ton of pass rush ability to pair with Frank Clark. This also frees up the ability to resign Mike Pennell or go after another desired free agent to fill the interior of the defense.
*Trade details: Chiefs receive Tampa Bay’s #14 (Rd. 1) pick for DL Chris Jones and conditional 2021 6th rd. pick.
Pick 32: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
After moving Jones’ franchise tag and future long-term contract, the Chiefs can turn to dumping some salary, whether it be WR Sammy Watkins’ contract or some smaller moves. Those moves make it possible to re-sign CB Breshaud Breeland and focus on the weaker spots on the defense.
Murray is a perfect fit for the SAM LB role in KC’s defense and would start on Day 1 in that role next to Anthony Hitchens.
Pick 63: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
As mentioned before, with the possibility that Watkins gets moved or, at-best extended, the Chiefs get a great bigger bodied guy to control the middle of the field in similar ways. The departure of Demarcus Robinson almost certainly means that the Chiefs are in the WR market one way or another.
Peoples-Jones is an amazing after-the-catch weapon, much like Watkins, so he has ability to compliment Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman’s speed. He’s raw from the perspective of overall growth and production, but his skill set is undeniable.
Pick 96: Saahdiq Charles, OL, LSU
Despite a questionable defense in the early parts of the 2019-20 season, the Chiefs’ offensive line was actually the most inconsistent unit.
With a rotation at LG throughout the season and a sudden regression in the performance of RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif should give the Chiefs enough of a nudge to make a selection for the future.
Charles is a perfect option to bring in at LG for this season, with the potential to even replace Eric Fisher at LT within the next few seasons. He has good speed and movement on pulls and screens, which is a Reid staple. Also, adding weight and strength will be key, but certainly something that the Chiefs’ strength coaches can handle.
Pick 138: Jordan Elliott, IDL, Missouri
With the loss of Jones, the Chiefs have a need for further depth along the interior defensive line.
Elliot is a power rusher with very good size and first step, which happens to be the same strength as Jones. No, I’m not comparing Elliot to Jones here, but his abilities and growth potential on the field is encouraging with this draft selection and the team’s needs.
Pick 177: Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska
Not to be confused with the versatile weapon that plays for the Baltimore Ravens, but he certainly shouldn’t be taken likely as a prospect.
Jackson is a big cover corner that wins plenty of 50/50 balls in the air. If the team can re-sign Breeland this offseason, partnered with Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton, Jackson is a great outside corner prospect who can step in at any moment. His height and big play ability makes him a potential future starter for Kansas City, giving them leverage with a potential future extension for Ward down the line.