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 3.
Official Reader Picks:
Round 1: Phil Taylor, Nose Tackle, Baylor (Andrew)
Round 2: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA (Andrew)
Chiefs Ultimate Mock Draft, Round 3, Pick #86
Pick: Edmund Gates, Wide Receiver, Abilene Christian
Explanation: Speed is the ultimate weapon. In every sport. There is no single physical characteristic that requires defenses in every league there is to adjust more radically than pure, unrestrained speed. NFL defenses are generously scared of it. NFL defenses largely scheme every offense they face by trying to mitigate any potential problem they could face. And few problems are tougher to solve than speed. Jamaal Charles could vouch for that. With the rules skewed in this league to facilitate high-flying offenses, it is time to bring the Kansas City Chiefs into the new era of football.
We’ve got the running back, we’ve got the tight end, we’ve got the Pro Bowl receiver. What we sorely lack is a one-dimensional speed demon to push opposing coverages deep. You think Bowe & Charles put up good numbers with stacked boxes against them? Wait until they have to face defenses that Edmund Gates keeps honest. Gates blasted the roof off the Combine with his 4.37 40 and measured in at just a quarter inch below 6′ tall. Gates has unbelievable hands — he can make the circus catches (imagine those in Chiefs highlight reels, along with Bowe and Moeaki!). His biggest weakness is his immaturity and his lack of polish. Under Todd Haley, those concerns won’t last long. This is a third round selection that could change this team’s future.
Pick: John Moffitt, C/G Wisconsin
Explanation: Moffitt is a 319 pound technician with a nasty streak. The Chiefs need a center and Moffitt is the only center prospect big enough to take on NFL sized nose tackles. Plus, Moffitt is a smart technician. Centers needs to be smart and agile to succeed in a zone blocking scheme. Moffitt has what it takes to succeed as a Chief. He is well schooled, coming from the highly regarded Wisconsin offensive line program. The Chiefs need another young, skilled nasty offensive lineman. Moffitt will open holes for Charles, et al plus keep Cassel clean.
Pick: James Carpenter, OT, Alabama
Explanation: If either Branden Albert or Barry Richardson get injured, their current backup is Bobby Greenwood. Greenwood was a DE 2 years ago. That doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. By drafting Carpenter the Chiefs grab a tackle that offers both depth and competition to the OT spot. The competition he brings will make sure we get the best out of Richardson and if we don’t then we have a back-up that is good enough to take over. Give Carpenter a year or two and he will take the job from Richardson. There is even an outside possibility that he could compete for LT. Carpenter is a hard-working, tough player who started every game of his two year college career. Give him a little bit of time and he’ll be a quality starter at RT.
Pick: Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
Explanation: I’m inherently a contrarian so I was hoping not to go WR or OL here, and it was very hard for me to resist Jerrel Jerningan in the latter part of the third round, a player I think can be a better version of Wes Welker because of his excellent ability not only to run routes and understand defense and his excellent hands, but also he can do a lot of damage once he catches a short pass. Based on my own personal big board one of three best players available at this juncture But one of the other best players available is a potential first round pick and a better player than Mike Pouncey. The only problem with Watkins is he’s an older prospect being 26 years old at present time, which could back some teams off, but not here in the third round. At this point in the draft Watkins is the safest best for a player to win a starting job and succeed at in this year or next year. If I’m a general manager I wouldn’t touch Watkins in the first round because of his age, and I’d look deep within myself to avoid taking him in the second round, but in the third round I”d be seen in the background of Mel Kiper’s shot, doing the macarena.