Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) celebrates after sacking USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) in the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Mock Draft: Updated FanSided Draft Has Chiefs Going Defense

It has almost become a noteworthy event when a NFL mock draft doesn’t involve the Chiefs selecting a wide receiver with the 23rd overall pick. FanSided’s Josh Sanchez has gone against the grain of the NFL mock draft community and selected a defensive player for the Chiefs.

With the 23rd overall pick, Sanchez’ mock draft says the Chiefs will select Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Here’s a clip of a scouting report on Tuitt from Bleacher Report’s Darren Page.

For all the physical talent Stephon Tuitt has, he hasn’t developed the finer skills of defensive line play.  The drop in his production after weight gain further proves his reliance on natural ability, which can only go so far.

His track record as an impact defender on Saturdays will entice teams to take a chance on his size and athleticism. He projects best as a 5-technique in an odd front or in the role of a Red Bryant-type player in an even front.

Page has one of the more pessimistic views of Tuitt than any of the other reports out there on him, so keep this in mind.

What is clear about Tuitt is he has the physical tools to rush the passer from the edge on the defensive line. He could afford to lose some weight to help with endurance, which is now a necessity in the fast pace NFL. Losing said weight would likely make him more explosive and quicker than where he is now at 305 pounds.

Tuitt, assuming his foot is healthy, would make a ton of sense for the Chiefs as another edge pass rusher on the defensive line. As of now the Chiefs only have Vance Walker as a reliable pass rusher from the 5-technique. Allen Bailey has shown some ability but not enough to earn a starting job. In addition, Bailey will be a free agent after 2014.

We don’t know what the Chiefs will get out of Mike Catapano, the Chiefs seventh round pick from a year ago, and we know Mike DeVito‘s strength is playing the run and not rushing the passer. The Chiefs should do whatever they can do to add more of a pass rush to their defensive line.

Two ends who can rush the passer consistently would help the secondary in coverage situations as well as give more options to Bob Sutton on passing downs. Currently, the best formation the Chiefs have against the pass is a 2-3-6: Dontari Poe and Bailey are the defensive linemen; Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, and Derrick Johnson are the linebackers; Branden Flowers, Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, Eric Berry, Husain Abdullah, and Sanders Commings are the defensive backs. The idea here would be to flood the secondary in hopes one of Houston or Hali get to the quarterback before an opposing receiver finds a hole in the coverage. Kansas City played a lot of this and a 1-3-7 against Philadelphia.

The problem is it where’s down the secondary – and the secondary’s depth – while putting a lot of pressure on Houston and Hali to get to the quarterback. It worked early in the season when the two were fresh and healthy but tailed off as the season went along. This is why adding pass rushing depth is so important for the Chiefs.

Adding a guy like Tuitt adds diversity to the Chiefs pass rush. Kansas City could now employ a true 3-4 front or go 3-3-5 and still add significant pressure on the quarterback. Think: How does an opponent slow down Houston and Hali off the edge while also containing Walker and Tuitt on the edge and Poe in the middle? Either offenses are going to be required to keep more players at the line to help pass protect (fewer receivers on passing routes) or there will be a lot of one-on-one opportunities for Hali and Houston (more quarterback pressures).

This move would make a ton of sense for the Chiefs in the first round. But is it the right player? What do you think, Addicts?

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  • Josh Landers

    Good analysis but I think this would be more of a luxury pick. Catapano was a good pass rusher in college and I read that he’s planning to play at around 290. Plus, bailey is not a bad pass rusher. I think either wr, mlb (i don’t think there are any worth taking at 23, though), or og would be our best bets in the first. I don’t think our roster is solid enough at enough positions to completely stick to the bpa approach. I think I would try to take a wr in the first. I know this class is deep with talent at that position but there are a few guys in the first that I think could make an immediate impact. Cooks, Matthews, Robinson. GO CHIEFS!!!

    • mnelson52

      Last year the second half of the season our offense scored a lot of points. Also in the second half of the season, when we started playing better O-lines the secondary got torched because we couldn’t get a pass rush or collapse the pocket. I do agree we need a WR, and a guard but as the hawks proved, if you collapse the pocket and get a rush from inside and outside, you can slow or stop the best QBs out there.

  • freshmeat62

    I don’t think they’ll take a d-lineman. I believe they signed Walker
    for that LDE position. He’s making too much money to be just a sub. And Mays will fill the ILB. I think it’s narrowing down to either O-line or WR.

  • mnelson52

    I’m more partial to Kony Early but I like the concept of less double teams or less receivers. Either way helps our Dbacks tremendously.

  • Brian Dempsey

    There is no Defensive player in this draft that fits the Chiefs Defense better than Tuitt. 20.5 sacks in 28 starts as a true 3-4 DE during his college career. This is not a luxury pick. Bailey is in the last year of his rookie contract and the Walker signing ( he’s played 4-3 his entire pro career ) shouldn’t be uses as a crutch for passing on true 3-4 DE that can attack the QB like Tuitt. His upside is huge and he won’t turn 21 until after the draft & none of the 3-4 DE’s on the Chiefs roster bring the type of physical ability that Tuitt does.

    • cyberry

      I completely agree..and if they traded down for an extra pick.. Tuitt is more than likely falling to earlier to mid 2nd because of his injury and no workouts.. But there is a player I want you to look at.. He is not ready to start from day 1… He needs a year or so to bulk up.. Check out Will Clarke.. West Virginia. on You Tube. if Truitt falls through. this is a guy i draft in the 4th maybe 3rd.. No..should still be around the 4th.. groom him to be Devito’s replacement. His contract is up after next year..

      • Brian Dempsey

        Ah yes, Will Clarke at 6-6 271 lbs. Certainly worth a flyer in the mid-rounds. Can learn for a year behind DeVito and bulk up and be a regular contributor in 2015. Very good at attacking up the field.

        Tuitt actually did work out on Feb. 28 and had his foot surgery on March 3 ( I saw Tuitt post this on his twitter account ) and should be fit and ready to go to work for whatever team drafts him. Tuitt says he ran a 4.8 at 303 lbs.

        • Robert Williams

          Only if Cooks, Lee and Beckham Jr are all of the board

          • Brian Dempsey

            I wouldn’t bank on that.

        • cyberry

          Everybody is wanting a receiver in the 1st. It makes NO sense. We didn’t lose to San Diego or our play-off game because of WR’s. .We didn’t let any walk or lose any receivers in free agency. Plus it the deepest the draft was been probably ever for receivers. Get Kevin Norwood later..

          Fantasy football is hurting football..everyone’s just worried about scoring more points

  • Calchiefsfan

    Is he the best player available? I don’t think so. I’d be surprised if the Chiefs took him at 23.

  • David E. Bell

    The Chiefs signed Vance Walker. They have Catapano who possesses pass rush kills. If the view is that Tuitt needs to develop skills and lose weight, he is not a first round pick, MHO. It is far more likely that the next best man on the board will be a wide receiver and the Chiefs need one. It is my hope that they do indeed have the right player in place, and that for me would be Pryor or Clinton-Dix. A wide receiver of quality would be wonderful. If Bortles falls that far, him too. – David

    • Brian Dempsey

      Tuitt has already lost weight and was down to 304 lbs. at the Combine.

      • Chris Tarrants

        304 is down from 305? Maybe he took a killer dump before got weighted? In all seriousness tho, if he isn’t a sure fire first round stud we need to pass! We need to get the surest thing that is available, no more gambling because we can’t afford to miss many if any picks this year

        • Brian Dempsey

          Try again. He played at 320 through the college season.

    • Butch Davis

      This is true, as much as I like Tuitt I watched a few games of his where he should’ve been dominant and was just ok, namely the Arizona State game in Dallas. Guys like Cooks and Beckham and Darqueze Dennard (probably butchered his name there…sorry) are plug and play for 10 year guys imo.

  • andyred

    I dont even pay much attention to what these expect put in their mock draft, they have us taking a wr,, then TE, then FS, now DE. Next thing you know, theyll have us taking a kicker with the 23rd pick

  • Pealvin

    I’d be ok if we went with this guy. Ima defensive guy first. We were putting up points in the second half of the season. We were giving up points too. We need to get pressure on the qb and we need defenders in the backfield all game long. That’s how you go deep into the playoffs.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    I have seen us taking an OG with our first rounder and Denver getting Cooks. Holy god almighty if they get Cooks to add to that offense!!!

  • Lyle Graversen

    If we hadn’t signed Walker I would not only be OK with this pick, I’d be praying for it. While I’d still be fine with it, i’m intrigued by Walker and think KC may wait until later in the draft to add to the front 7. If I had to guess I’d say the first pick is a 1) WR 2) OL or 3) S.

    • KCMikeG

      I like Tuitt at DE or Pryor at Safety but believe we can do just as well drafting OL in round 3-5. I have done a 360 on this but am back at WR too Lyle. My pick is Odell Beckham Jr. because he brings the speed we need at WR, is the only WR that has experience out of the backfield and most importantly is skilled/experienced at KR & PR. That makes him the only choice to truly replace DMC plus improves us at the WR position.

  • Robert Williams

    Sounds good unless, as in this mock, Brandin Cooks is there