Apr 26, 2013; Kansas City , MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs first round draft pick offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) poses for a picture with head coach Andy Reid (right), chairman Clark Hunt (second from left) and general manager John Dorsey (far left) during a press conference at the Kansas City Chiefs Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Who Should The Chiefs Pick In The First Round?


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?

Who should the Chiefs select in the first round of the draft?

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  • micah stephenson

    Ebron.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Of those players? Brandin Cooks.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Why?

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Gives this offense an electric, explosive player at the wide receiver position.

  • unclejesse40

    I still think Hageman at nose, and Poe on the same side of Houston would be pretty freaking scary to a QB. You don’t need elite corners if the QB gets sacked a couple of times or is constantly getting hit after throwing the ball.

    • DieHard_ChiefsFan

      Agreed, this worked well for the Ravens… We show we can put up the points offensively with what we have, 44 points against the Colts is awesome, but when our Defense give up 45 that sucks. Either D-Line or CB is my vote, but prefer D-Line

  • chief4ever

    Unfortunately, my top four choices (Beckham Jr., Cooks. Clinton-Dix and Pryor – FYI ,the players you have will be gone too ) will be gone at 23. Sounds trite – but this year we should pick the best player available – one of these will be.

    Kony Ealy -DE

    C J Mosley – ILB

    Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG

    Derek Carr – QB

  • Jdaniel3223

    Ebron or Dennard.. Pairing Ebron with Kelce would be dynamic. I don’t believe either will be there when we make our selection, but we can dream. I wish we would consider trading up for Evans he will be a force in the league and would be great for DBowe. Go chiefs!!

    • tm1946

      What would you trade up with? Just for discussion purposes, there is not much in the cupboard unless you give away some from next year.

      • Jdaniel3223

        Yea I was thinking possibly our 1st and 3rd and a 3rd from next year but that might not be good enough for a low teen pick, but if we could I think it could be a game changer. 6″5 fast and hands compared to Calvin Johnson.

        • tm1946

          Some one smarter than me has assigned points per pick. Not sure your solution adds up but if we go for it then we might well end up with only one kid who has any chance at starting by the beginning of the season. I would suggest we do not have enough currently on the roster and of starter quality to survive the first half of the year, be giving away a lot for one player, as in regular season games.

  • Stan Colbert

    I truly believe a DL stud is all we lack to be an elite defense. Is that Walker, Catapan or DeVito? Don’t know. I know an offensewho can’t move the ball can’t win.

    • Daniel Alvarado

      i think walker will do better than what he did in oakland….and will rush the qb 100 times better than jackson

      • Stan Colbert

        I agree. In the playoff game Indy forced Hali/Houston to the outside, doubled Poe and kept a back in to protect should someone win their matchup. Bailey, just is not force enough to consistantly give pressure..

    • Ben Nielsen

      Not sure if it is all we lack, but it would certainly go a long way for us.

  • freshmeat62

    I believe a defensive player would have the most impact, so of those you mention, I believe Nix would probably help the most. But I think he’ll be gone by 23.

    • freshmeat62

      The defense has to be upgraded. Hoping that Abdullah and/or Commings can handle FS. Of the WR’s that will probably still be available at 23, I’ve liked Beckham from the first time I saw him play.

  • thabear04

    Cooks if he is there if not a FS or trade the pick down a few spots and hope to get a 2nd and 3rd

  • PunjabiPete

    Sign Nix, have him play WR when he’s not giving Poe a breather. Instant Superbowl /sarcasm

  • Dave Cuttell

    I dont understand why fansided/espn consistently bring up TE as a need for KC… Im content with fasano, kelce, and mcgrath. Plus i believe its highly unlikely the chiefs use a high pick on a TE two years in a row without seeing what kelce can contribute. Arent there several more pressing needs??

  • KCMikeG

    Ebron would be awfully hard to pass up with the importance that Reid’s WCO places on the TE position.As would Beckham at WR/ST. I think they all will be gone except maybe Hageman but I prefer we take Tuitt on the DL.

  • htmn74

    Any of these players would work for me. I like Nix Maybe Mosley or Ford