Sept 15, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) scores against New Mexico Lobos defensive back Devonta Tabannah (23) in the third quarter at Jones AT

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Analyst Says Chiefs Take Tight End Jace Amaro


The Kansas City Chiefs’ 2013 season is officially over, which means it’s officially NFL draft season.

The way Kansas City fished the season was abrupt and it was disappointing, allowing the Colts to come back from down 28 in the third quarter; but we saw a ton of positive from the Chiefs in 2013 as well.

Don’t let the lasting image of Kansas City’s playoff failure distort what the Chiefs did in 2013.

Under new management and leadership, Kansas City went from a 2-14 organization to a Wild Card playoff team. For quite some time during the season; many though that Kansas City was among the best teams in the league. The defense was borderline elite—well at least until injuries exposed some flaws—special teams was explosive, and the offense got better as the year goes on. Kansas City truly has a lot to build on.

You don’t (usually) win the Super Bowl in one season. Generally it’s a building process, and the argument could be made that the Chiefs took a huge first step to contention this season.

Moves this offseason will be crucial. Free agency will be important, but the draft is crucial. If Kansas City can get a playmaker and fill a need in round one, and then supplement needs and find a gem or two in the later rounds; next season could be huge for the Chiefs.

There are a lot of mock drafts and mock drafters out there, but I trust few more than my good friend Matt Miller over at Bleacher Report. I took a look at his latest 7-round mock draft to see what he had going on for the Chiefs. In the first round, he has Kansas City taking tight end Jace Amaro from Texas Tech. Here’s what he had to say about the pick:

Amaro is an athletic, moving tight end perfect for today’s game. He can play flexed out in the slot, almost like an oversized wide receiver with the speed to beat defenses and the size to box out coverage. Amaro would be perfect for a passing attack like the one in Kansas City.

We’ve discussed Amaro here at Addict before, and I wasn’t crazy about the pick. That’s mainly because I like what Anthony Fasano brings to the table and I also think Travis Kelce has great upside.

With that said, it’s hard to deny that Amaro has been productive for Texas Tech. He’s 6’5”, 260 pounds and caught 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013.

Here are the rest of Miller’s picks for the Kansas City Chiefs:

Round 3: Kasen Williams, WR from Washington.

Round 4: Taylor Hart, DE from Oregon

Round 5: Nickoe Whitley FS from Mississippi State

Round 6: Rashad Greene WR from FSU

Round 6: Jeff Mathews QB from Cornell

Overall, I like the rest of Miller’s choices. I’m fine with adding more wideouts and Taylor Hart can fit the 3-4 at 6’6”, 287 pounds. Free safety is an area where the Chiefs can improve and why not take a quarterback from Cornell in the sixth round?

I’ll leave it up for debate with all of you though. What do you think of this mock? Who would you target in the first round and what need would you fill?

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  • Tristian Shelley

    Rashad Greene is a beast and if he fell to the Chiefs I think reid would be thrilled. Turn on his tape and he has elite slot reciever written all over him. Can play outside but needs more weight to do so. He could be Victor Cruz in my opinion. Fast but not elite speed but elite quickness and great hands. Im ok with no corners. Cooper flowers smith commings plus maybe a free agent would be ok cause u have to think the second year in the system the players will be better and Sutton will have a better idea of how better utilize his personnel. He now knows how teams will attack him so lets see what happens.

  • sidibeke

    I’d like to see us go FS with the 1st round pick if there is a guy worth taking there.

    • Calchiefsfan

      I’m wondering if we got a late round, athletic QB willing to convert to free safety in order to start in the NFL. Maybe someone like Kenny Guiton from Ohio State who runs a 4.6 40. Otherwise Ha Ha Clinton Dix is our guy.

    • KCMikeG

      As much as I agree FS is a critical need I have looked yet don’t think anyone at safety is worth our #1 pick. Plus R&D believe they have something in Comings which is why they tried to bring him back from IR.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Terrence Brooks out of Florida might be a good pick up at FS in the third round.

    • Travis Forsyth

      HaSean Clinton-Dix out of Alabama.

      • berttheclock

        Exactly!

  • Calchiefsfan

    Amaro is great pick if he can stay healthy. I had high hopes for Kelce but he never made it to the playing field. With Amaro, Kelce and Fasano that could be something special and provide depth. I think our biggest need, (other than a new DC), is a free safety But I’d be more comfortable getting one in FA. Wide receiver seems to be the deepest class in this draft so maybe a good WR at 23.

  • KCMikeG

    #1 pick of the KC Chiefs = Sammy Watkins. TE can be addressed later as we already have Kelce, Fasano & The Beard with Harris in development. If Fasano is slowed like he looked the end of this year then he could be replaced with another veteran. Otherwise we have a very young group w/o a mentor – unless of course Tony G. would come back……what a leader, what a mentor, what a potential story book ending.

    • clay simester

      We have no chance of getting Watkins, he’s a top 10 pick for sure

      • KCMikeG

        You’re probably right. I saw him listed around the 20th pick a while back. Then again only WR’s Austin and Blackmon have been top 10 picks over the last two years and neither of them were close to being worth that high of a pick. Mock drafts will change considerably over the next few months and many times high prospects will get pushed down by Senior Bowl and Combine stars like Fisher and Poe….

        • PAChiefsfan

          I like kelvin benjamin but not sure if he can stretch the field, which is what we desperately need, Allen Robinson from PSU I would be fine with. I personally like Austin Seferian-Jenkins from washington. 6’6 275 athletic good blocker…I don’t see any rules against links so heres his footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPZ5ZDWEADo wearing 88 as a TE helps too. My bottom line is a fully trust Dorsey to draft the right guy for the team.

          • Joe ThisnThat Woodley

            My 2014 Chiefs Mock Draft
            1st rd- Marqise Lee (WR)
            3rd rd- Jackson Jeffcoat (OLB)
            4th rd- Terrance Brooks (FS)
            5th rd- Stanley-Jean Bapiste (CB)
            6th rd- Will Clarke (DE)
            6th rd- Logan Thomas (QB)

            Marqise Lee- 6’0, 195
            Jackson Jeffcoat- 6’4, 250
            Terrance Brooks- 5’11, 200
            Stanley-Jean Bapiste- 6’3, 220
            Will Clarke- 6’6, 280
            Logan Thomas- 6’6, 260

        • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

          blackmon is damn talanted, just off the field concerns with bim

          • KCMikeG

            Yes, he is but if he’s not on the field then what difference does it make? The draft is such a crap shoot.

  • Calchiefsfan

    What about Austin Seferian-Jenkins? he might be a better pick than Amaro. At 276 lbs he just might be able to stay healthy.

    • berttheclock

      Large percentages of his catches went for TDs. Few safeties can match up with him.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      what does weight have to do with staying healthy ? lol

  • Jason

    My wives family are huge Texas Tech fans and so i have had the pleasure of going to about half there home games this year, that being said after the first game of watching him in person he dominates the football field. creates separation blocks well, makes insane catches the whole nine yards so if we do select him i would be ecstatic!!

  • chief4ever

    Did anyone watch us get torched by Indy (and SD twice , Denver twice, )…we scored 44 against Indy and lost ,28 against Denver and lost , 38 against the Chargers and lost ! We have three TE’s already… we need DB help. We need to draft 1) someone who can help us win and 2) -pay attention- someone who will still be available at the 24th pick….Justin Gilbert .

  • toperspective

    Fasano is practically useless. 10M flushed.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      he sucks monkey butt

  • spencer

    NTY, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix is the best safety prospect and thus the most needed player…Kendrick Lewis will FINALLY be gone, a true professional that can only be defined as shit (on the playing field). Offense still isn’t a need other then depth (replacing Albert/Stephenson with a new back up swing tackle) (Guard-to replace either Schwartz or Asamoah as one of them will walk) and MAYBE another wr…(Jenkins and Hemingway are good to go next yr IMO, with Bowe in the slot (McCluster either walks or becomes 4th man up).

    Defensive needs…DE/NT…Poe should be moved to DE alah Nagata in Baltimore and have Powe (or a drafted NT) to move in the starting lineup…DE will be needed to replace Jackson either way, or a NT if we do (hopefully) move Poe to DE. OLB also a need, we need a speed rusher and a replacement/depth for Hali and so we aren’t complete crap once one of the two H’s go down. Slot cb depth, (Got wrecked once Flowers got hurt, and Robinson will be cut…need depth behind Flowers simply put in the slot). Then FS, opposite Berry…we got wrecked due to poor play all year at that position.

    1st rnd/pick…should be a FS…Clinton Dix appears to be the best. 3rd) hopefully an athletic swing tackle falls to us…need that depth. 4th) OLB 5th) slot cb. 6) DE/NT 7th) G
    Hopefully the draft goes like that position wise..

    Ron Parker and Cooper are very good prospects to look forward towards the future, a.k.a cb other then slot cb is not a need, wr with Hemmingway and Jenkins is not a need, Bowe will be the #1/Slot alah Boldin. TE…we have Harris, Travis Kelce, Fasano and McGrath, that has nice youth/prospects and a good all rounder TE in Fasano…don’t see a need. By some miracle…this teams biggest needs are on the D…despite a huge lopsided # in cap going in their favor, and 1st rnd picks…

  • Andrew Villalobos

    I like the look of FSU Wideout Kelvin Benjamin, he is freak at 6’5″ 230!

  • tm1946

    So many to chose from, but I would sort of like a DE to replace Jackson or DeVito as a starter.

    If we are at the point where TE is “the” need, this kid looks pretty good. To bad Kelce is not an answer as a starter.

    Looking for the QB of the future guys comments, all kinds of college QBs who seem NFL ready.

  • freshmeat62

    To me the biggest need is at DC, but it sounds like Reid is satisfied w/ Sutton, so on the field the secondary looks like the most needy, and specifically FS. I think though that the safeties are interchangeable. Clinton-Dix of Alabama looks like the best available S, and could still be on the board when the Chiefs pick at 23.

    This is the year the scouting dept. needs to find some gems in the rough, what w/ not picking until late, and then not having a 2nd rd pick.

    And I agree w/ what Spencer said about Poe going to DE if a really good DT could be found. I think Poe could be an outstanding DE, maybe even in the mold of a Reggie White. I think his potential is HOF good. He has the power and the speed to do it.

    • tm1946

      Not to say it is so but hope Reid does not go the Vermeil approach to DC. Whole lot of wasted seasons while Dick V. stuck with a bad DC.

  • Carlos Nevarez

    Is bob Sutton really that bad?
    At the beginning of the season we were calling him a genius. Look at what he’s got to work with. It wasn’t the whole defense that let us down, it was the secondary. He’s got a CB who has been outclassed in nearly every game in Dunta Robinson, and a FS who’s either incompetent,or just lazy in Kendrick Lewis.Cooper has a lot if potential but has a lot of rookie moments and Sanders Commings is gonna be a rookie next year still. I’m just saying idk yet. Personally he Seems to me like an old fuddy duddy, and possibly a man who the game has passed by, but im not ready to crucify him yet.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      wow, we had one of the best defenses in the nfl!!!!! smh

  • Kisersosay

    We scored 44 and gave up 45……..I am thinking some defensive help would be nice…..2 Def vs 4 Off? We need at least 3 d backs through draft or FA. Replace Dunta, Kendrick, and add depth for Nickel behind Flowers.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      cant go judge your needs off of one game, we need offensive playmakers

  • jimfromkcj

    Andy, here are my 4 choices for the first rd. I pick based on two criteria. Size and the possibility of coming in and starting in year one. They are Gilbert from Ok. St. CB at 6’0″ and 195 lbs. Matthews from vandy WR at 6’3″ 205 lbs. Richardson from Baylor OG at 6’5″ 335 lbs. and Reynolds from Stanford FS at 6’2″ 205 lbs. This may change after the 40 times are announced. We should never draft a slow guy no matter how well he does in college. The pros are just a faster game and speed really makes a difference.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      kelvin benjamin… sign jeremy maclin…

  • Larry Devore

    with the collapse of the secondary in the second half of thew Colts game, TE is the least worrisome position right now.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      your defense is good your offense sucks… well besides charles… you need playmakers for the passing game

      • Larry Devore

        You also need play stoppers in the secondary to stop people from gaining over 200 yds.. Secondary was abysmal. Offense put up 44 pts, second half of the season the offense picked up, defense let them down. Kendrick Lewis is atrocious, people couldn’t cover the Colts receivers

        • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

          you have an offensive minded HC you need to invest in him…

  • Joe ThisnThat Woodley

    My 2014 Chiefs Mock Draft
    1st rd- Marqise Lee (WR)
    3rd rd- Jackson Jeffcoat (OLB)
    4th rd- Terrance Brooks (FS)
    5th rd- Stanley-Jean Bapiste (CB)
    6th rd- Will Clarke (DE)
    6th rd- Logan Thomas (QB)

  • Daniel

    We need a WIDE RECEIVER!!!!!
    WIDE RECEIVER=1st priority.

  • Daniel

    We still have this kid Travis Kelce who was out for his rookie year. Didn’t even get a chance to see the field because of surgery

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      kelce is still a rookie, and you need playmakers, fasono sucks..cant count on kelce

  • Daniel

    For those of you who do not know Travis Kelce is a TE.

  • Montez K.

    Watkins is at the top of everyone’s list at this point…kid is amazing on tape. I think it goes Watkins, Ebron, Clinton-Dix, Amaro, Sefarian Jenkins…Amaro would likely be the one still there. I’d love to see Benjamin from FSU fall to the third round somehow though…that would be pretty cool I like that guy’s upside. He can move too–at 6’5.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      no way in hell does kelvin fall to the 3rd

  • Montez K.

    Drooling over Sammy Watkins though….he is going to be something special. Let’s just hope the Faiders don’t pick him up or else that’d be a real problem!

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      watkins and evans are beasts

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    this guy said he likes fasano… he sucks…. anyway, andy sucks, wasting timeouts passing too much, thats why he got fired in philly

  • Danny Riddick

    NOBODY knows how well Kelce will play or how much of the playbook he has taken in before he got hurt. From last I seen he was doing pretty good in OTA’s. But even if we do end up needing a tight end, we need a wide receiver first and for most, if you really know the chiefs that’s something you would know already. We been going on without a duo for years when it comes to wide receiver, bowel needs someone who can take the pressure off of him AND still be a deep threat himself, a speed demon.

  • Danny Riddick

    Bowe*