Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt (7) celebrates with teammates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Mock Draft: CBS' Pat Kirwan Goes Defensive Line For Chiefs


Thursday we received a mock draft from Sports Illustrated that had the Chiefs going with an offensive lineman, to the chagrin of some. Today, CBS says the Chiefs will focus on the line of scrimmage but it won’t be on the offensive side of the ball.

According to Pat Kirwan, the Kansas City Chiefs will use their 23rd overall selection on Stephon Tuitt, a defensive lineman from Notre Dame. Here’s his analysis.

The Chiefs lost Tyson Jackson in free agency and Tuitt brings a lot to the table. He has more versatility than his teammate Louis Nix. Tuitt could be more disruptive in a pass rush than Jackson was for the Chiefs.

There a few things to mention here.

First, this mock draft included mock draft day trades, which is notable because he does not have the Chiefs trading down. The Chiefs could definitely use some extra picks but trading down is much easier said than done. It should be noted, however, Kirwan has Teddy Bridgewater dropping to 32 overall, so there could be a team willing to trade up to 23 to land a quarterback.

Second, this is one of the first mocks in a while that has the Chiefs going with Tuitt. There are some health concerns with Tuitt in pre-draft evaluations but those maybe wearing off a bit. Tuitt would be a good fit as an edge pass rusher on the defensive line, something Kansas City desperately needs.

Third, Odell Beckham, Kelvin Benjamin, and Marqise Lee were all on the board when the Chiefs pick rolled around. How upset would you be if the Chiefs passed on a top wide receiver at 23?

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  • mnelson52

    I wouldn’t be upset as long as our trenches were getting better

    • Ben Nielsen

      I think I’m with you.

  • Lyle Graversen

    Tuitt is growing on me. I love the versatility he brings. Having Poe, Walker, and Tuitt to mix and match and move around to attack the interior would cause more one on one match ups for Houston and Hali and thus taking some of the pressure off of the secondary that got picked apart when the pass rush dropped off in the second half. Everything is connected on defense and it starts up front.

  • Jacob

    I’m thinking my favorite idea is trading down, but I wouldn’t be devastated if we picked up Tuitt instead of a WR in the 1st.

    • kyle

      A dominant DE in my opinion is more valuable. There are great options late for WR, but DE’s fall off much more after the first couple of rounds.

      • Jacob

        I won’t disagree with that. Again, I certainly wouldn’t look at it as a bad move.

        DE, WR, FS, CB, OG. If Dorsey goes after any of those in the 1st, you won’t hear much complaining from me. Some would be better choices than others, but none of them would be BAD choices, in my eyes.

  • sidibeke

    The game is won on the lines.

  • Brian Dempsey

    I also like Tuitt and would have no problem taking him. He does fill a need and has huge upside. It’s very rare to see a true 3-4 DE draft prospect like him, whereas Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Allen Bailey, and Dontari Poe all played in a 4-3 in college, so taking Tuitt wouldn’t be a case of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Tuitt fits the Chiefs Defense better than any defensive prospect in this draft.

    • kyle

      Could equal immediate production, which I like.

  • 2dogs

    Shush!!! This is the Dorserano’s, Reidsters and my secret pick. Just move along. Nothing to see here.

  • Bill

    I think KC has to go with best player available. I really think every position is in need of help, if not this year than in the near future. WR, OL, FS, DE and CB are probably the biggest near term needs, but we are starting to age at ILB and OLB. The second year TE and RB still have a lot to prove and if a quality QB drops you have to takem this day and age. I’m probably in the minority that would rather trade away Hali and Flowers to get picks this year or next. I’m all about building for a championship instead of a chance at the playoffs. KC management may be more concerned with selling tickets near term.

  • tm1946

    Been wanting a DE for first pick. But if a real star is out there, shouldn’t the Chiefs not care what position he plays, grab him. Isn’t that the “plan” or at least part of it. All across this site, I keep reading the GB way, follow the plan, build thru the draft. If so, don’t they need to follow it with first pick.