It appears it is impossible for any of the major draft prognosticators for the Chiefs to not select a wide receivers. This is the conclusion we must come to after reading Todd McShay’s latest mock draft for ESPN.
Let’s get to this and then discuss his pick. With the 23rd overall selection, McShay projects the Chiefs will select Cody Latimer, a wide receiver from Indiana. Here was his reasoning.
This is the big surprise pick of the first round. He might not go off the board quite this early, but I was blown away by his game when I finally got to study his tape recently. He does a great job of getting off the press, has extremely reliable hands and is a threat after the catch — three things that make him a perfect fit for a West Coast-style offense. He is dealing with a foot injury but his healing is ahead of schedule, and he recently ran in the 4.4-range at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. FSU’s Kelvin Benjamin is another possibility here if the Chiefs are looking to go in a different direction at receiver.
It should be noted Odell Beckham Jr., Marqise Lee, and Brandin Cooks were already off the board, so this isn’t a case where he skipped on a top receiver to get to Latimer. He did, however, pass on corners Bradley Roby, Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, and Jason Verrett, in addition to passing over Ra’Shede Hageman, Kony Ealy, Stephon Tuitt, and Anthony Barr.
Do the Chiefs need to improve at wide receiver? No question. However, in no way should they pass on high-end talent like Hageman or some of the corners that would be available just so they can reach for wide receiver. How big of a reach would this be? CBS has Latimer projected as a fifth round pick.
We’ll ignore the fact this is also one of the deepest wide receivers classes in recent memory. Should the Chiefs reach for Latimer in the first round with Cooks, Lee, and Beckham Jr. off the board, we should be upset.
Why is there such a massive refusal to draft anything but a wide receiver for the Chiefs in these mocks? It’s starting to get silly.
What do you think, Addicts? Am I missing something here or would this be a terrible pick for the Chiefs?