Chiefs Ultimate Mock Draft, Round 5, Pick #135
Official Reader Pick:
Round 1: Phil Taylor, Nose Tackle, Baylor (Andrew)
Round 2: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA (Andrew)
Round 3: Edmund Gates, WR, Abilene Christian (Andrew)
Round 4: Tim Barnes, C, Missouri (Andrew)
You know the drill by now Addicts. Here are the mockers selections for Round 5, pick #135.
Pick: Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville
Explanation: Many Chiefs’ fans feel that RB Thomas Jones is done. Despite that, the Chiefs have said that they will have Jones for another year. So if he’s going to be there for another year, why not take advantage of his experience by allowing him to pass it on to his replacement. In his senior year Powell managed a 6.1 yards per carry average. The Chiefs’ running game is too important to not make sure that the running back stable is well stocked. Bring in Powell and he can get mentored by a class act in the NFL while adjusting to the game. Then next year, if Jones is gone, then Powell can step up and be the compliment to Jamaal Charles from Day 1.
Pick:Jeremey Beal, OLB, Oklahoma
Explanation: I recognize that My picks have not been popular with Cheifs fans. But the way this draft is going is very Needs based, which sounds like a good thing the first year, but three years from now the Chiefs could regret a draft like this. Available based on drafttek’s big board is OLB Jeremey Beal out of Oklahoma. Beal is not a dynamic athlete and has had a rough pre-draft process, but everyone always talks about the game is not played in underwear. And Beal is the definition of that guy. Beal was super productive at Oklahoma, registering 20 sacks over the past two seasons. And as the Giants have shown for 43 defenses and the Steelers for 34 defenses, a team can never have too many pass rushers. Beal is a high effort player who will find a place int he league and make contributions somewhere and is worth the risk in the 5th round.
Pick: WR Greg Salas, Hawaii
Explanation: We know what we need this draft, more than any other position. It’s a receiver, folks. Before this draft began, we had Dwayne Bowe. We have old, dying WRs in Kevin Curtis and Chris Chambers that this team cannot rely on anymore. We have young, flailing guys that we pulled out of the garbage bin in Verron Tucker and Jeremy Horne. Mercifully, we did the right thing in Round 3, picking up burner extraordinaire Edmund Gates, the sensation of the NFL Combine. It’s a great start, but it won’t solve everything. We know that one draft pick isn’t going to be enough to help us here.
We continue to have a huge, gaping hole in the slot, and there are few prospects better suited to fill it than Greg Salas. Dexter McCluster did not excel in this role, his route running and his miniscule size are huge detriments, and Todd Haley has made a rare projection of the 2011 season by saying McCluster belongs best as a 3rd down back.
Salas pulled in 225 in the last two seasons at Hawaii. 225. I can’t believe it either, but he sure didn’t do it by accident. More quick than fast, Salas has a nose for the soft spot in any coverage scheme. He has large hands with soft fingers so that all passes stick to them like glue. He is extremely smart in the open field, and if there’s a crease for a big play, Salas will come the closest to finding it. He is a great prospect that could take this team one step further to a great WR corps.
Pick: Kory Lindsey, CB, Southern Illinois
Explanation: Who? I know Addicts. This is a name out of left field. Lindsey is a nice zone oriented corner from Southern Illinois. The Chiefs need some depth behind Flowers and Carr. In the pass happy NFL, teams never have enough corners. While picking a corner didn’t make sense before, it does in round five. Lindsey can cover well in a zone, support the run. His man defense needs some work. However, this is round five and prime beef is not available. Oh speaking of availability, don’t let the others fool you. Every one of their picks (Powell, Beal and Salas) will be available when we make our second fifth round pick. Lindsey will not be. If you want a good corner, vote Lindsey!