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NFL Draft: Who do the experts have the Chiefs taking in Round 1?

As the NFL Draft is under three weeks away, who are the Chiefs looking at with the No. 32 pick?

The growing speculation is that the Chiefs are looking to add a RB in round 1. However, there is also the possibility of trading back or taking a CB or LB.

With all of this speculation, let’s take a look at what some of the experts think the Chiefs will do with the No. 32 pick.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has the Chiefs addressing the offensive line in the first round, drafting Michigan guard/center Cesar Ruiz. Ruiz was a three-year starter for the Wolverines, showing his versatility and good footwork. This past season, Ruiz was a Big Ten All-Conference Second-Team selection.

Staying with ESPN, Todd McShay sticks with a popular pick, having the Chiefs select RB D’Andre Swift with the 32nd pick. Swift was named First-Team All-SEC after rushing for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019. Swift also possesses receiving skills that would be dynamic in the offense with Mahomes, Hill, Kelce, Watkins, and Hardman. Speaking of Mecole Hardman, Swift played alongside the Chiefs WR with the Georgia Bulldogs.

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has the Chiefs bolstering the linebacker position, drafting LB Patrick Queen out of LSU in the first round. Queen, along with Kenneth Murray, are the top two LBs in the draft class. It seems unlikely that either will slip down to the Chiefs at 32. If Queen were to slip and get drafted by the Chiefs, that would be a huge addition, pairing him along with LB Anthony Hitchens. Hitchens plays his best when he is paired with speed alongside him. Drafting Queen will provide the Chiefs with that much needed speed at LB.

Pete Prisco of CBS has the Chiefs addressing the CB position, drafting Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene to finish the first round. Igbinoghene was a WR for the Tigers before making the position change in 2018. He displays a ton of athleticism and ability. His play on special teams also makes him an interesting prospect for the Chiefs.

Good Morning Football host and NFL.com’s Peter Schrager has the Chiefs rounding out the first round by selecting TCU defensive tackle, Ross Blacklock. Blacklock was a Big-12 honoree last season with 40 tackles, nine tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Despite an Achilles injury in 2018, Blacklock is one of the rising prospects in the draft.

Sticking with NFL.com, Charles Davis has the Chiefs adding a boost to the LB position, drafting Wisconsin LB Zach Baun with the final pick of the first round. Baun was named Second-Team All-America and First-Team All-Big Ten in 2019, recording 12.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss, among his 76 total tackles.

As the draft quickly approaches, the Chiefs have had virtual meetings with RB J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State and a couple other prospects. The question going into April 23 is whether the Chiefs will add offense or defense.

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