In my last article we discussed possible trade back partners for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2020 NFL Draft. In this article we will use one of those scenarios and complete a mock draft for the Chiefs in the upcoming draft.
Coming off a Super Bowl title, the Chiefs still have a roster that could be upgraded and filled out in certain positions. With only five draft picks in this April’s draft, one of the best options for the Chiefs would be trading back, as highlighted in the previous article (go check it out!).
For this mock draft, we are going to use the scenario in which the Chiefs trade back from pick 32 to pick 38 with the Carolina Panthers and also acquire pick 113.
This leaves the Chiefs with picks:
38- round 2
63- round 2
96- round 3
113- round 4
138- round 4
177- round 5
For this mock I used thedraftnetwork.com’s mock draft machine.
Pick 38: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Pick 63: Willie Gay, Jr., LB, Mississippi St.
Pick 96: Netane Muti, IOL, Fresno St.
Pick 113: Alex Highsmith, Edge, Charlotte
Pick 138: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
Pick 177: Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
This draft gives the Chiefs two potential day one starters in Diggs and Gay Jr.. Diggs is a bigger corner standing at 6’2 and has great experience in zone coverage. Gay is an extremely athletic and physical LB. His athleticism and coverage ability is much needed in the LB room right now.
Netane Muti has battled injury most of his collegiate career, but is an athletic lineman who could bring more versatility to the interior and potentially push for an eventual starting role.
Alex Highsmith is a developmental player and may be slightly undersized for a full time 4-3 DE. He has a great burst and quickness to provide some rotational pass rushing options, however.
Devin Duvernay and Isaiah Coulter are both interesting WR prospects. With Sammy Watkins’ future unknown in Kansas City at this point, both of these WRs could turn into interesting players, in an already dynamic offense. Duvernay is all speed and would be another great deep threat for Pat Mahomes. Coulter comes from a smaller school but has good size at 6’2 and is a solid route runner.
This draft would help solidify some positions of needs for the Chiefs and would certainly help them “run it back.” Whatever happens, Brett Veach, Andy Reid, and the rest of the staff have certainly showed they know how to build a championship caliber roster. I would expect that trend to continue this off-season.