Pre-Combine Mock Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Go Defense Early and Often

Oct 26, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (44) rushes the passer against TCU Horned Frogs offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (74) in the third quarter of the game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis so I thought it would be a good idea to do a pre-combine mock draft to get an idea of where the Chiefs are now so we can compare it to after the combine and the start of free agency.

This mock draft was put together with the help of FanSpeak.com’s mock draft simulator. Using their formula’s and draft boards, the simulator attempts to create logical scenarios of what players should be available in the draft when each team picks. You can create your own mock draft by clicking here.

Let’s get this thing started.

Kansas City Chiefs, Round One
Calvin Pryor
FS, Louisville
Others Available of Note: DE Kony Ealy, WR Marqise Lee, WR Kelvin Benjamin

There are simply too many wide receivers available in the draft and free agency to justify passing on the one free safety available this offseason who could fill the Chiefs’ secondary needs now and in the future.

Pryor is a big hitter who can makes plays in a variety of different ways. Whether it is defending tight ends, stopping the run, or covering a team’s best wide receiver, Pryor can impact the game in just about every way imaginable. Team him up with Eric Berry and things get very, very interesting.

One interesting thing about Pryor and what he can do for this defense is how he can make the second inside linebacker position a “specialist” position. Between Derrick Johnson, Berry and Pryor, the running game should be an issue. This could help the Chiefs find guys to play next to Johnson who are either pass rush specialist or coverage specialists. The flexibility could really open up the schematic defensive possibilities for the Chiefs.

Unfortunately, Pryor probably won’t be here at 23 overall for the Chiefs once the combine is over. For now, it makes no sense to pass on him.

Kansas City Chiefs, Round Three
Jackson Jeffcoat
3-4 OLB, Texas
Others Available of Note: TE Troy Niklas, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, DB Jaylen Watkins

Kansas City has to add more pass rushing depth in the draft, and, if Jeffcoat falls this far, he would be a perfect solution for the Chiefs.

Jeffcoat is one of the more prolific pass rushers in Texas history, ranking in the top ten in career sacks. In 2013 he recorded 80 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and 18 quarterback pressures. Those numbers were enough to earn him Big 12 defensive player of the year.

There are some who have a first round grade on Jeffcoat, so if the Chiefs can get a first round caliber player at the end of the third round than they obviously need to do it. Especially if they can add a guy who can contribute now and be a future replacement for Tamba Hali.

Kansas City Chiefs, Round Four
Pierre Desir
DB, Lindenwood
Others Available of Note: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, WR Josh Huff, CB Antone Exum

Pierre Desir has the size and speed the Chiefs are looking for in a cornerback. It is unlikely he’ll be able to come in a start right away, but we didn’t expect much from Marcus Cooper or Brandon Carr either.

Desir would give the Chiefs three cornerbacks whom are all 6-1 or taller, and potentially two of those guys could run 4.4 40-times. And that doesn’t even include Pro-Bowl corner Brandon Flowers. Kansas City would have to like the direction they are going to they can have that kind of cornerback depth heading into 2014 and beyond.

Kansas City Chiefs, Round Five
Taylor Hart
DE, Oregon
Others Available of Note: QB A.J. McCarron, QB David Fales, RB De’Anthony Thomas

Taylor Hart is a near 300-pound defensive end with a motor and developing pass rushing skills. He may not be the long-term solution at defensive end the Chiefs are looking for, but he does give them an element of depth Kansas City has not had on the defensive line since moving to the 3-4.

Kansas City Chiefs, Round Six
Mike Davis
WR, Texas
Others Available of Note: QB Tajh Boyd, S Ty Zimmerman, WR Tevin Reese

Davis is a six-foot, 200-pound receiver who is expected to run in the 4.4’s. Texas had all kinds of issues at quarterback, which hurt Davis’ overall numbers, but he is very talented and could turn into a productive outside receiver in Kansas City’s offense.

Kansas City Chiefs, Round Six
Cornelius Lucas
OL, Kansas State
Others Available of Note: S Ty Zimmerman, TE Joe Don Duncan, RB Rajion Neal, WR Jalen Saunders

It is tough to know what kind of production Lucas will bring at the next level, but he is a giant of a man. At 6-8, 316 pounds, Lucas could play both tackle positions and provide stable pass protection in Kansas City’s offense. There are definitely some things to worry about with him when it comes to technique in the running game, but he could be developed into a very solid reserve tackle for the Chiefs.

It should be noted John Dorsey’s nephew is a wide receiver for the Wildcats, so Dorsey should have seen plenty of Lucas in college.

Kansas City has a lot of holes they need to fill on their roster, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Pryor, Jeffcoat, Desir, and Hart should all be able to contribute immediately and create a level of depth the defense did not have last season.

This mock draft fails to solve some of the issues at wide receiver and offensive line, but those two areas are probably the deepest areas of the off-season when it comes to free agency and undrafted free agents. It may be best for the Chiefs to lock up as many defenders as possible and solve their wide receiver and offensive line depth issues elsewhere.

Of course, all of this is going to change by the end of the combine, so we’ll see what happens.

Topics: 2014 NFL Mock Draft, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Hawthorne

    Good draft. As you said Pryor probably isn’t there and likely neither is Dix. If that’s the case we can just flop our 3rd and first targets. Go after Kony Ealy in the 1st and Terrence Brooks in the third.

    • Keaton Tyler Henry

      Flowers was able to cover Hilton, because he is the same size. But, when he had to play against Demaryous Thomas and Dez Bryant, his size became a flaw.

      • Josh Landers

        Flowers gave up 2 big plays to Bryant in that game. One he just got beaten and the other, he had solid coverage but he tripped right before the ball got there, otherwise he may have picked it off. And the thing with Thomas was the donkeys were calling a lot of really quick passes. While none of our cbs played particularly well, part of. The blame still falls on sutton.

        • tazer15

          Flowers is gunna have a few good games he has some talent left.But he’s not what we want esp for what we’re paying him.Look at his numbers he was our worst DB last year.Numbers don’t lie he was bad in 2012 too way too many big plays given up.If he wants to cover the slot I’ll give him 1 or 2 mill a years to stick around.I don’t think we should Draft a CB in round 1 at all.We could sign one or get one in the second.I don’t know what the answer is.Were in such a cap bind and mediocre player like Flowers is eating our money.Although if it’s true the caps up to 132k.That Def helps alot i just hope we don’t waste in on Brandon false start Albert!!!!!We need a WR in this WR deep draft some where.I have some hope In Jenkins this year also.Resign Dex and we’re set!

  • tazer15

    I love Pryor but he prob won’t be there at 23rd.Heres what I’m concerned about everyone’s hammering Lewis for his poor coverage.But all year long it was evident even the T.V broadcasters said these exact words.I can’t believe the Chiefs refuse to roll a safety over to help.It was almost always Flowers and Cooper that needed the help in man.And our corners refused to play Suttons style they refused to lay their hands on the receiver at the line.I saw replay after replay saying look look these chiefs DBs refuse to lay their hands on the WR.They have to jam them if they want to play man.Hows a safety help with hard headed 2nd tier NFL CBs?

    • Josh Landers

      You’re right about rolling safety help over but Lewis can’t cover OR tackle.

      • tazer15

        I agree but why worry about it when we rarely do it just in case when we do decided to help our scrub corners? I say don’t waste a 1st pick on a safety that we won’t use to help our weak corners.If Sutton learned or was told that he has to change then I’m all in for a guy like Pryor.But if he’s not there let’s not reach go else where.And go after Byrd in FA which now we prob can’t afford because we’re freaking broke.

        • Josh Landers

          The single high safety approach can work with the right safety and cb’s. I expect cooper to make some big strides in the offseason and flowers and smith should be more reliable next year.

          • Josh Landers

            The problem I see is sutton not making the proper adjustments as our opponents adjust to us.

          • tazer15

            Your right about Sutton as for Flowers i lost faith in him 2 yrs ago he’s been roasted now for 2 yrs.He can’t throw a hit but that’s it.I think Reid saw it too then tryed to move his smaller frame into covering slot WRs.So his chances of getting burnt so much were less.We got rid of the wrong corner I said it all along.As for Cooper i have have some faith in but not much.Smith is our best corner because he’s not as afraid to get physical and he’s a bigger guy.

          • tazer15

            (He can throw a hit) this ap has never worked well on my phone.I try not to use it much as its just frustrating

          • Josh Landers

            Did you see our playoff game this year? He was the only cb that could keep Ty Hilton in check. When flowers went down, Hilton went off. And smiths coverage skills disappear at times. Like on his 99 yard int td his receiver was wide open in the end zone. He just stooped running. I can’t say that he didn’t read the qb’s eyes but it looked like he have up coverage long before the throw had been committed to. I think if we keep flowers in the slot and coop and smith on the outside well be ok. Some depth would be nice but I don’t think we need to spend a first round pick on a cb.

          • Hawthorne

            There was actually a great article on that over at arrowhead pride. The ideal scheme for our defense is cover 1, but without a good FS you can’t play cover 1. Which leaves you with cover 2 and cover 3. Cover 2 is ok, but can be weak against slot receivers and TEs (sound familiar). Cover 3 is weak to short passes and is generally very easy for the opposing QB to identify coverage in. http://www.arrowheadpride.com/2014/2/11/5402126/scheming-sutton-the-secondary

          • Josh Landers

            Nice article. If commings can stay healthy we may already have our starting fs for next year. 4.4 speed and he used to play centerfield as a baseball player. Good for tracking the ball. Idk if the risk is great enough to justify passing on an impact fs on the draft but I think the potential is there.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I like Pryor in round one. Not sure about going OLB in round three with all the other needs on the team. I am skeptical that Desir will be there in round four.

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