We’re not too far away from when mock drafts will give way to the actual draft, but for now we are still in projection mode. FanSided took the process a few steps further by mocking the first three rounds of the draft, and the results were pretty positive for the Chiefs.
With the 23rd overall pick in the NFL Draft, Josh Sanchez of FanSided predicts the Chiefs will select Odell Beckham Jr., a wide receiver from LSU. Here what he had to say about the pick.
This would be a dream scenario for Kansas City, especially if the Eagles play right into their plan by passing on a wide receiver. Kansas City is lacking weapons on the outside and Beckham Jr. would be a perfect complement to Dwayne Bowe.
A “dream” scenario seems strong, but the Chiefs would certainly be adding a playmaker to their offense. Beckham average 19 yards per catch for LSU in 2013, and did so playing next to another top receiver in Jarvis Landry. A combination of Beckham Jr., Bowe, and Travis Kelce with Jamaal Charles coming out of the backfield should open up the Chiefs passing game a little bit more.
Many have mocked Brandin Cooks to the Chiefs but one thing Beckham Jr. has a little more size on Cooks. Terez A. Paylor hinted John Dorsey may prefer bigger players at all positions, not just cornerback, and that could hurt Cooks in the Chiefs’ evaluation of receivers. Cooks is a little over an inch and 10 pounds smaller than Beckham Jr. That may be the difference for KC.
Keep in mind there are some bigger receivers who are projected to be available in the third and fourth rounds. Kansas City may choose to wait until then to draft their receiver as opposed to taking one in the first round.
With the Chiefs’ third round pick, Sanchez suggests the Chiefs could select Pierre Desir, a cornerback from Lindenwood.
Few teams around the NFL would have a good of an understanding of Desir as the Chiefs, who watch Desir play in the local MIAA conference. Desir has the size, quickness, and speed the Chiefs are looking for in a cornerback. Additionally, he possesses the ball skills that could create a lot of turnovers in Bob Sutton’s scheme. Kansas City has a recent history of having early success with Division II prospects (Brandon Carr) so it may not be out of the questions for Desir to come in and have early success.
Overall, if the Chiefs came away from the first two days of the draft with a receiver and a cornerback who could each contribute immediately, Kansas City would be in good shape. The interior offensive line needs can be easily taken care of on the third day of the draft as well as adding depth to the defensive line.
What do you think, Addicts? How would you grade this mock draft?