Today would have been the first round of the NFL Draft had the draft not been moved back two weeks. So in honor of the “should have been first round draft day” we’re going to take a look at some of the first round candidates for the Chiefs.
Using the fancy FanSpeak mock draft application, we’ll take a look at five possible first round candidates for the Chiefs and then you can vote on who the Chiefs should take. The following players were all available at least twice after simulating the first round 15 times.
TE ERIC EBRON
Andy Reid loves to use tight ends in the passing game, and may view them as an integral role in the entire function of the offense. Ebron represents the most athletic and highest rated tight end in the draft. Adding him to the mix with Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano should help the offense immediately.
WR BRANDIN COOKS
In a deep wide receiver draft, Brandin Cooks may be the best fit for the Chiefs of the first round receivers. Cooks has very good hands and good route running skills to go with 4.33 speed and excellent quickness. In 2013 Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver after totaling 128 catches for 1,730 yards.
CB DARQUEZE DENNARD
The top two safeties in the draft are unlikely to fall to the Chiefs, so the best available defensive back may end up being cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Dennard is very good in press coverage, physical, and has good instincts at the position. With Brandon Flowers contract due to be up soon, Dennard may be an excellent replacement for him in two years.
DL RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN
A boom or bust prospect, Ra’Shede Hageman is an athletic freak who could become an excellent pass rusher for the Chiefs. Like former first round pick Dontari Poe, Hageman doesn’t always show up on tape and was very inconsistent at Minnesota. However, Hageman flashed incredible upside to could turn him into an all-pro in the NFL.
NT LOUIS NIX III
A massive human being at 331 pound, Nix gives the Chiefs depth on the offensive line and player to replace Poe when he needs a breather. Kansas City liked to use the 2-3-6 formation last season but lacked a second defensive lineman who could consistently breakdown the pocket. With Nix, the Chiefs can go with 660 pounds of Poe and Nix on the line and/or use Nix to help keep Poe fresh.
What do you think, Addicts? Of these five options, who would you want the Chiefs to take with the 23rd overall pick?