Mel Kiper and Todd McShay Release New NFL Mock Drafts

Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) celebrates after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14 at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay each have new mock drafts out today, just in time for the weekend. Let’s breakdown who each analyst picked and see how it fits for the Chiefs.

MEL KIPER

Let’s begin with the fact that Kiper has the Houston Texans selecting Johnny Manziel number one overall ahead of Teddy Bridgewater. So, keep that in mind.

With the 23rd overall pick, Kansas City will be selecting Kelvin Benjamin, wide receiver from Florida State, according to Kiper. Here’s what he wrote about the selection.

The Chiefs have Dwayne Bowe, and they like the development of former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, but they also have a limited QB in Alex Smith, a player who needs receivers to be playmakers to make up for the fact that he’s not exactly going to pick defenses apart. I thought Benjamin could use another year of seasoning at Florida State, but given his size, speed, catch radius and ability to beat defenders before the catch and run away from them after the catch, he could be a steal here. The Chiefs don’t need him to be a hero in Week 1.

Kiper brings up an interesting point I had not considered. If the Chiefs do go wide receiver in the first round, they’ll have three former first round picks at receiver heading into 2014. The upside there would be very appealing should all three fit in with Andy Reid’s scheme. Not very many teams could feature a 6-4 wide receiver with 4.4 speed, a 6-foot wide receiver with 4.3 speed, and a 6-2 All-Pro wide receiver. Throw in a potential gem in Weston Dressler and things look much better for the Chiefs offense.

The problem is, if this is going to work, it won’t work until 2015 at the earliest. And that’s if it works. Benjamin is being draft here, by Kiper’s own admission, for his potential and not for his present abilities. Kansas City needs a more sure thing out of their first round pick.

TODD MCSHAY

McShay and Kiper seem to be on the same page that the Chiefs are going to take a wide receiver. But, shockingly, they disagree about which receiver the Chiefs will select.

With the 23rd overall pick, Kansas City will be selecting Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver from LSU, according to McShay. Here’s what he wrote about the selection.

The Chiefs are in need of more offensive weapons, and Beckham seems like a good fit in Kansas City. He played his best football in 2013, and in particular his ball skills and overall focus improved late in the season. He isn’t as consistent as teammate Jarvis Landry, but he’s more explosive, a playmaker who is a threat to stretch the field and even more dangerous after the catch and on punt returns. Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt would make a lot of sense here as well, as would Fresno State WR Davante Adams, but Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin is too much of a risk-reward prospect for the Chiefs to select at No. 23.

The problem I have with McShay’s draft is who was still available at 23 that he did not select for the Chiefs. If Stephon Tuitt is available to the Chiefs at 23 overall, the Chiefs are going to select him. Passing on a 20-year old, 303 pound defensive end who accumulated 22 sacks in the last two years is not going to happen. Or at least it should not happen.

Kansas City’s biggest defensive need is generating a pass rush from their defensive line. The more pressure Kansas City can get from their pass rush, the more it is going to help the secondary. And if Justin Houston taught us anything, it is that the Chiefs have no pass rushing depth on the roster. Stephon Tuitt may be the single most impactful player the Chiefs can select in this year’s draft for both the 2014 season and beyond. If he’s there, the Chiefs better take him.

What are your thoughts on who McShay and Kiper chose? Is there someone else you’d like to see the Chiefs draft?

Topics: 2014 NFL Mock Draft, Kansas City Chiefs, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay

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  • Patrick

    I’ve been saying it for at least 3 months. Benjamin is the best WR in this draft. Excited by the prospect of the Chiefs getting him in Kansas City. That is a huge WR duo with Bowe on the other side. Really exciting if it happens.

    • Josh Landers

      It looks to me like Jordan Matthews has more talent than Benjamin by far. Not to mention Evans and Watkins. He may have the most upside, which basically means he looks like he could be good at some point. Too many questions about him IMHO. Plus, we need help in a couple more areas depending on how fa turns out. This draft class is deep with wr talent. Benjamin impressed me at first, but, I really hope we don’t take him, at least in the 1st.

  • Tristian Shelley

    Listen the one thing I like about andy Reid is the same thing I like about Pete Carroll…the ability to develop players who you draft 3rd round or later. I understand exactly what you are saying in not passing up the DE if he is there. But as usual it comes down to how the chiefs rate thier board. For instance we all agree top 3 needs are WR FS and pass rush. What if your top 3 options at the WR and FS are gone and you dont feel the 4th options or the 1st option at pass rush is worth a first round pick? With no second round pick what do u do? Those are the decisions reid and dorsey get paid to make. In my opinion odell beckham and jarvis Landry having seen them both the last 2 years are going to be 2 outstanding pros but im saying on record Marquise Lee will be the best wideout in this class. Personally id try to trade the pick for extras later on. You depend on Reids strength and thats draft and develop. Chiefs cant afford to let 2 rounds go by without making a pick. Especially since we are in win now mode.Thats alot of potential quality players gone by. Id rather have 2 2nds than a 1 and a 3. Cheaper too

    • berttheclock

      Funny thing about picking more picks in the lower rounds. At one of the major sites today, there is an article about that method. They mentioned Richard Sherman and Malcolm Smith as an example. Well, Malcolm Smith in the 7th round had far more to do with Pete Carroll having been his HC a couple of years before. But, Sherman is really the key. Yes, it is great to stockpile picks, but, then, the most important comes into play. That is the ability of a GM and his assistants to properly evaluate said talent. I believe John Dorsey and his merry men have such talent. But, remember this, Pioli had two 5th round picks and took Stanzi and Gabe Miller and let, such as Denarius Moore and one Richard Sherman on board.

      BTW, Trent Baalke of the Niners is another GM with the talent to find gems in the lower rounds, which helps the Cap problems immensely. I really hope Dorsey joins both Schneider and Baalke as the best in the business with finding major talent with, either, lower round picks or bringing UDFAs in who will become starters or valuable assets.

  • berttheclock

    Wow! A tall receiver who can leap and has excellent hands. Geez, sort of reminds me of Jon Baldwin. Negatives include his need for learning how to get off the line of scrimmage and running correct routes. Now, I am really reminded of Johathan Baldwin. If you are going to take any wide out, find one with quickness to not get jammed and, then, can fly down the field.

    BTW, I still believe on defense, the Number One priority lies in the defensive backfield more so than a defensive lineman who can rush the passer. Finding a rusher would be great, but, fix the area next to Mr Berry first.

  • Josh Landers

    I watched some highlight videos of a lot of the later round prospects and found that if we don’t go wr in round 1, there are some good options later. I really like martavis Bryant. While a little inconsistent, he seemed to be a great open field runner, good speed, good height, he caught the ball with his HANDS most of the time, and he seemed to adjust to the ball and shield defenders well. If it were me, and I had someone like tuitt or Ebron or Clinton Dix or Pryor available in the 1st, I would take one of them and focus on wr in round 3 or 4. It seems like there’s a lot of wr talent in this draft and I’m kinda nervous about Benjamin being a bust. GO CHIEFS!!!

  • Royals_Fan

    Chiefs need to draft TE in the first round. Either Eric Bbron from UNC, Jace Amaro from Tech or Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington. Pick up a WR in FA like Maclin, Decker (long shot I know), Hicks or Andre Roberts. Then in the 3rd round get Keith McGill from Utah to help the secondary and look at Sam from Mizzou in the 4th round as a pass rusher. The Chiefs just signed Dressel from CFL who will most likely take McClusters spot, which means we just need a #2 WR because this new guy will be a slot #3 WR. We used 3 TEs this year because of injury. Drafting a game changing TE is huge, i.e. the Patriots and Gronk. When Gronk plays the team is scary, when he doesn’t they are alright.

    I liked Benjamin at first, but after watching him more I think he suffers from the drop ball illness that isn’t worth the Chiefs first rounder.

  • tm1946

    Still favor a pass rushing DE. But if Reid wants a ____, that is why he gets the big bucks.

  • Chuck Burrell

    Ben, ya nailed it bud. Great assessment

  • micah stephenson

    but they also have a limited QB in Alex Smith, a player who needs receivers to be playmakers to make up for the fact that he’s not exactly going to pick defenses apart…….don’t tell Jason that. Lol.

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