After the tough loss in Super Bowl LV, the Chiefs need to build their team back up to return to the Super Bowl next year. Here’s who I have them taking in the 2021 draft.
31. IOL Wyatt Davis
Listed at 6’4″ and 310 lbs, Wyatt Davis is exactly what scouts look for in an IOL. He had a great 2019 season at Ohio State, and this past season wasn’t terrible by any means either. Thanks to him and his teammates blocking, Trey Sermon was able to rack up 636 rushing yards on 9 ypc in his last three games started (he only had one attempt versus Alabama). That includes the insane 331-yard rushing game against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.
I think that with the right coaching, he could turn into a key piece for the Chiefs’ offense. Clyde Edwards-Heleire is going to need some better blocking if he’s going to be our starter for a while. Davis has good strength inside and could open up great holes for Clyde.
63. EDGE Patrick Jones II
Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Chiefs have good luck drafting guys with the first name Patrick, right? All jokes aside, the Chiefs simply could not pressure Brady in the Super Bowl. Yes, the Bucs OL is good, but it was still an incredibly disappointing performance. Frank Clark is simply not playing as we need him to, and it’s time to add a defensive weapon.
Patrick Jones has been a very consistent player in college so far. His 2019 and 2020 season stats look nearly identical with 17.5 sacks combined between the two. Jones is a great fit for Spags 4-3 defense and he could switch out with Okafor on the end alongside Frank Clark. He can force pressure and force the opponents to prepare for one more weapon on the Chiefs defense.
95. WR Seth Williams
Sitting at around 6’2″ or 6’3″, Seth Williams would actually be the tallest WR in the Chiefs’ current roster of starting WRs. This extra height might be what the Chiefs need to add to this current core, as their Super Bowl performance was anything but satisfactory. Watkins very well might be on his way out, and Hardman may not even be a starter next year if Williams comes in.
Seth Williams has not only the size but also the speed to fit in with the Chiefs. At his pro day this year, he is expected to run about a 4.4 forty yard dash, punching his ticket to the Legion of Zoom. In his three years at Auburn, he amounted to 2,124 receiving yards on 16 ypr. Obviously, Mahomes makes a weapon out of anyone who lines up at WR, so I’m not too worried about anything other than if he can catch the ball.
127. CB Ifeatu Melifonwu
The Chiefs were terrible in coverage against the Bucs. Sure, some of it had to do with questionable calls from the refs, but this isn’t a new thing. Against the Raiders earlier in the season, the Chiefs secondary allowed 347 yards passing and 3 TDs to Derek Carr. The Chiefs offense somehow got out-dueled that game and the Raiders scored 40 points.
The Chiefs have rising star L’Jarius Sneed, but I feel they need one more great CB to pair with him and Ifeatu might just be that guy. He’s a RS junior out of Syracuse that started for two years. In those two years, he accumulated 3 INTs and 13 PDs. In his most recent season, he had 54 tackles as well. He’s versatile on the outside and would be a great fit into Spags defense.
159. OT Cordell Volson
Even after taking Wyatt Davis, I still think the Chiefs need more help on the OL. Cordell Volson is a lot more of a developmental pick. He had some struggles in college, but he also showed some good flashes. He needs to close the edge better if he’s going to make the move to the next level.
He’ll need to be coached well if he were to come to the Chiefs because the OL has a history of injuries. He may even have to come in year 1. But, if someone like Mitchell Schwartz could mentor him and teach him better techniques, I think he could be a high-quality pick in round 5.
223. LB Ventrell Miller
With their last pick in the draft, I have them taking Ventrell Miller out of Florida. Last year, the Chiefs took Willie Gay to try to improve their LB core. He didn’t play much this year, but I’m expecting Gay to have a bigger role next season, so Miller may be a great player to go along with him.
This past season, he had 86 tackles and 7.5 tackles for a loss. He a great tackler in space, but struggles in coverage. I believe this is something that could be improved under the leadership of Steve Spagnolo. If he can become a better coverage LB, he could be a huge steal for the Chiefs in this upcoming draft.