Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Mock Draft: Terez A. Paylor, KC Star Release First Mock

Tomorrow marks the one month date on the countdown clock until the Houston Texans are required to turn in their card for the first overall pick. Time is flying, folks.

To help get us in the draft mood, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star released his first mock draft a month ahead of the NFL Draft. Paylor’s pick is not too surprising, but there is a nugget in there worth reading into.

With the 23rd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Paylor believe the Chiefs will select Marqise Lee, a wide receiver from USC. Here’s what he wrote about the pick.

Yes, Lee has durability concerns, and yes, Chiefs coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey may prefer to spend their first-round pick on another position. But after striking out on Emmanuel Sanders — and with the top tight end (Ebron), interior offensive lineman (Martin) and safeties (Clinton-Dix and Pryor) all off the board — they might be hard-pressed to pass on Lee, an explosive talent whose production and experience in a West Coast offense makes him a strong fit in Kansas City.

Did you catch that?

“Chiefs coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey may prefer to spend their first-round pick on another position.”

This is a curious thing to write given Paylor’s connection to the team. This isn’t to say Paylor thinks wide receiver is not an option as he just selected one for the Chiefs in his mock draft, but it does speak to the vibe around One Arrowhead Drive. It would seem to suggest the Chiefs are not as locked into selecting a wide receiver as other mock drafts would suggest.

Of course, that’s reading into one half of one sentence in one mock draft. Make of this what you will.

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  • Horace Lee Madre Jr

    Why does everyone insist on putting Lee in a chiefs unifom? He’s NOT the answer. He’s not fast enough for Andy Reid.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Meh… HIs durability issues make me want no parts of him.

  • berttheclock

    That “not locked into a receiver” is code for, “Please, anyone, trade up with us”.

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      I agree that Dorsey is open to trading down. It will take a team falling in love with a play and willing to pay the price to move up to make this trade work. SF is a possibility, so is Seattle. I would like it to happen, assuming Dorsey can trade down and still get one of his targeted group of players.

  • berttheclock

    Concerning Lee, there is a very recent long article in Bleachers Report where the writer says Lee might be available at 30, so, the Niners might not package a trade up for him. Some reports have him falling even further, while others have him going earlier. Those 3 injuries suffered to his average frame might be the reason he falls in the draft. However, at USC, he played all receiving positions and had to put up with 3 different coaches and schemes, plus a change in QBs and the loss of another top receiver which put even more pressure upon him. BTW, he is a legitimate blocker, as well. He accelerates very quickly out of breaks and fits the West Coast, which is not one based on pure all out speed. It is based on sharp crisp route running with the ability for yards after the catch. Stacy does raise a legitimate point about his durability factor in the NFL But, Lee is a very tough minded youngster who has had to rise through some very tough adversity in his life. One brother was murdered, while, another ended up in prison for murder. Inglewood can be a very tough locale in which to grow up and survive.

  • Brian Dempsey

    Lee is a likeable guy, but if having to chose between Lee and Beckham, my gut feeling is Beckham. People may not like the thought of an LSU player, but Eddie Kennison ( even though he wasn’t drafted by KC ) and Bowe came from that same school and the point being that LSU hasn’t been a wash for the Chiefs at the WR position — it’s D-Line where they misfired on players from LSU.

    • berttheclock

      Funny thing about that Dorsey pick, after he was traded to the Niners, a top defensive line coach is credited with not only moving him to NT after an injury to their staring NT, but, having Dorsey play the best he has since he came into the league. Remember when the word in KC was that he was too small to play NT?

      • jimfromkcj

        bert if you watch his play with the 49ers at NT you will see the same player we saw of him in KC. No penetration to speak of and getting pushed back when double teamed. He was the weak spot on the 49er’s def line.

  • jimfromkcj

    As I only see a couple of the wide receivers in this draft as starters, Evans and possibly Watkins, If the Chiefs elect to take a receiver at 23, then my choice would be #1 Matthews and #2 Bryant. As the two I think would be starters are probably gone before 23, I would suggest that if the kid from Ok State who plays CB and Jackson OG from Miss St. would be my pick at 23. Both high quality and I think are the best at their positions and definitely a glaring need of the Chiefs.