There are a lot of mock drafts flying around these days so we here at Arrowhead Addict decided to try to bring you a different and interactive mock draft experience.
We’ve teamed up with FanSided’s draft Site NFL Mocks to bring you the first ever Kansas City Chiefs Ultimate Mock Draft!
Basically, we have a panel of four mockers presenting four unique picks for every round of the Chiefs 2011 draft. The mockers are picking in a snaking order and once one mocker takes a player, he can no longer be selected by the others. The result is four realistic and unique options in each round. After the mockers present their picks, AA readers are voting on their favorite selection. Whichever players the readers pick will be the official Chiefs Nation selection in the Chiefs Ultimate Mock Draft. The mockers will abide by the picks of Chiefs Nation as they continue on in the full seven round mock. When it is all over, we will have hopefully constructed the most fan friendly mock draft possible.
Let’s get to it. Below are the results so far and the picks for Round 2.
Chiefs Ultimate Mock Draft, Round 2, Pick #55
Official Reader Pick:
Round 1: Phil Taylor, Nose Tackle, Baylor (Andrew)
With the need of NT filled, let’s what the mockers decide to do in Round 2. Up first is Merlin
Pick: Titus Young, Wide Receiver, Boise State
Explanation: With Taylor in the fold, the Chiefs can turn their attention to wide receiver or center. Rumors are flying that Young is sinking on draft boards. The Chiefs badly need a speed receiver to stretch the field for Dwayne Bowe and Tony Moeaki. Young ran slower than expected at the Combine. However, his tape hasn’t changed and I doubt that time affects the Chiefs view of him. His slight frame is still a concern, but he showed that his game could translate very well to the NFL level. If the Chiefs think he has the mental toughness and maturity needed to survive under Todd Haley he is a very viable pick.
Pick: Torrey Smith, Wide Receiver, Maryland
Explanation: The Kansas City Chiefs are looking for a receiver with big play ability to open up the pass game and get the pressure off Dwayne Bowe. Torrey Smith can be that answer. Let’s start with his intangibles. The oldest of seven siblings he assumed the father figure role while his mother worked. His head coach referred to him as the “perfect person” due to his humility, dedication, and athletic talent. He was also a team captain which was a key word for the Chiefs’ last draft. He is a 4th year junior and has already graduated with a degree in criminology and criminal justice. Smith is a mature, dedicated player with a good work ethic. In other words, he’s right up the Chiefs’ alley.
His physical traits are impressive as well. He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the Combine. He reaches his top speed quickly and immediately hits his second gear. He has a 41″ vertical jump so he can go get the ball if he needs to. In 2010 he caught 67 balls for 1,055 yards and 12 TDs. No one else at Maryland had more than 3 TDs. As good as those numbers are, he put those up using only his speed and agility to separate from defenders. While he has some work to do to be a quality starter in the NFL, Smith has the tools and the drive necessary to do so.
Jesse (2C) (NFL Mocks)
Pick: Rodney Hudson, Center, Florida State
Explanation: Based on the drafttek big board this was a tough pick for me. WR is really very enticing, but WR and RB are the two deepest positions in the draft and the WR available in round two are not that much better than will be available in the later rounds, while center is very, very thin. I would say in this draft there are maybe 6 or 7 draftable centers, Stefen Wisniewski, Hudson, Jake Kirkpatrick, Tim Barnes, Brandon Fusco, Alex Linnenkohl, and Kris O’Dowd are the only ones I’d be comfortable drafting (and no, Pouncey is not an accidental omission. He’s not a center prospect, to me he’s a guard).
Now to defend the pick. Hudson is athletic, can move, technically sound and a hard worker. His biggest knock is he’s underweight, but he has enough pure physical ability to overcome that and at late in the second round he’d be great value (remember we’re using DraftTek’s big board to create a value and list of available players.) So while WR is enticing, remember how pathetic this center class is and how many good late round #2 WR there are going to be available.
Pick: Akeem Ayers, Outside Linebacker, UCLA
Explanation: Well, do you want to win, or do you want to win? Step one, get yourself a quarterback. Step two, build yourself an elite front seven. It really is that easy. You can make all the minute variations that you want, but the key message is the same: you will win the Super Bowl by having the best quarterback and the best front seven in the house.
DraftTek’s big board dictates this Ultimate Mock, and I was pleased to see that it’s one of the few big boards online to recognize that Akeem Ayers is second-round talent. I completely agree with that assessment, as Ayers has a ton of talent but doesn’t have the eye-popping physicality or the consistency to demand a first round grade. Ayers is a fantastic pick for us in the second, as he provides the intelligence and versatility in the Vrabel role on the strong side. He can rush the passer, he can cover, he can pursue. Let’s give this front seven the best chance we’ve had since Marty to be elite.
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