Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor (25) prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Mock Drafts: Two Curious Defensive Picks For Kansas City Chiefs

We’ve been keeping tabs on the mock drafts produced by some of the more important draft prognosticators for the last few months and coming back to you when we find something interesting. I’m here to inform you we’ve found something interesting.

Most mock draft still have the Chiefs going with a wide receiver with the 23rd overall pick, with either Odell Beckham Jr. or Brandin Cooks being the selection in most of those mocks. Two we present two mock draft that do no feature an offensive player and go two very interesting directions.

First we have Dane Brugler’s mock draft, who has a familiar name going to the Chiefs.

With the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Brugler projects the Chiefs will select Calvin Pryor, a safety from Louisville. The writeup:

The Chiefs starting safety opposite Eric Berry is a bit of a question mark right now and drafting Pryor could give Kansas City a long-term option at the position.

This is key to note because it seems like Pryor’s draft status may be coming full circle. At the beginning of the mock draft cycle it looked as if Pryor would be available to the Chiefs with the 23rd overall pick before his hype shot him up to in and around the top 10. Now it seems as if his stock is coming back down to the Chiefs. HaHa Clinton-Dix has surpassed him on some big boards and the notion of picking a safety with a top 15 pick could be scaring some people away.

The best scenario of Pryor falling to the Chiefs probably requires Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater all finding homes in the top 10. This could be enough to knock down Pryor to Kansas City.

The second curious pick comes from Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt.

With 23rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Klatt projects the Chiefs will select C.J. Mosley, a linebacker from Alabama. The writeup:

The Chiefs don’€™t need a linebacker, but seeing Mosley on the board this late will be too enticing. Finding defenders who can play in space and take away the short throws over the middle is a must when facing the Broncos twice a season. Mosley adds tremendous depth to an already stout LB corps.

This is an interesting choice as few have Mosley falling this far or having the Chiefs taking an inside linebacker at 23. Before you bash the pick, keep in mind Derrick Johnson will be 31-years-old this season and has only two years left on his contract. At some point the Chiefs are going to have to replace him with a playmaker, and Mosley can be said playmaker.

It should be noted Klatt does not have any of the wide receivers or safeties falling to the Chiefs, and Mosley is the only certain “day one” starter available at 23 based on his mock. There could be some arguments for Jace Amaro, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Ra’Shede Hageman, all of whom are available in Klatt’s mock at 23.

I’m not sure I wouldn’t go with Seferian-Jenkins in this scenario but the Mosley pick would be an interesting one for the Chiefs should they decide to go that direction.

What do you think, Addicts? If the choice is between Pryor or Mosley, who would you take? Would Mosley be worth the 23rd overall pick for the Chiefs?

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  • Montez K.

    Eric Berry and Calvin Pryor trained together a few weeks ago, per Eric Berry ‘ s instagram…chemistry in the defensive background would make our defense elite…see Seattle Seahawks

  • Lyle Graversen

    While I love Pryor I think he’s more of a physical enforcer than a coverage safety like KC needs. There will be some intriguing FS prospects in the middle rounds so I’d wait.

    Mosley would be a solid pick but as most know I’d take Hageman in that scenario. I think with DJ, Mays, and Nico we’re OK at ILB.

    So basically I wouldn’t love either pick, but I wouldn’t hate them either.

  • chief4ever

    Unfortunately, my top four choices (Beckham Jr., Cooks. Clinton-Dix and Pryor) will be gone at 23. Sounds trite – but this year we should pick the best player available – C J Mosley is one of the players that will be.

    Kony Ealy -DE

    C J Mosley – ILB

    Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG

    Derek Carr – QB

    Eric Ebron – TE

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      We don’t know that those four players will be gone at #23. However, the Chiefs need to plan in case that happens.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I don’t like the idea of drafting a part time player like SILB in the first round.

    • KCMikeG

      I’m not so sure he would be part time with his ST’s contributions. That plus when you consider his versatility especially in the pass happy NFL. Sounds like what I’m looking for in a 1st round pick.
      “Very good coverage awareness with the ball in front of him — clings to tight ends passing through zones and blankets speed backs in man coverage. Respected leadership presence — lines up his teammates and directs traffic. Film junkie. Excellent attitude, effort, field intensity and overall energy. Exceptional football and personal character. Highly competitive. Humble, selfless team player. Outstanding football IQ. Scheme-diverse and versatile. Strong special-teams coverage performer.”

  • andyred

    I would like pryor for our pick. I dont get why people obsess with us HAVING to take a wr in the first round when its such a deep draft of WR. Id prefer a safety to replace kendrick “thays my bad, guys!” Lewis

  • KCMikeG

    Mosley is growing on me. Sounds like he would be our best coverage LB.

  • michael mckee

    Firing bob Sutton would help our D become elite…

    • Michael Crissey

      Genius Nimrod!

  • michael mckee

    It doesnt matter who we draft,with sutton at the helm our D will always suck

  • Stan Colbert

    The weak point of defense last year was the coin packages. Removing T. Jax, Jordan & DeVito made us weaker against the rush. Having another ILB who could stay on the field in said packages would allow more strength in this area. In passing situations a coverage piece would allow more flexibility for blitz options or coverage scenarios.
    Truly, I prefer Buchannon at FS than Pryor.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Pryor with a bullet.

  • Michael Shaw

    Pryor and Berry as our safeties? That is scary!!! Would love it if that happened, but I think that is a dream scenario. The same can be said about CJ Mosley dropping to us at #23. Another dream scenario, but that is less likely to happen then us picking a QB at #23. Again, I would LOVE to have Mosley, but I don’t see him making it past some of the other 22 teams drafting above us this year.

  • Keyto

    Neither. .. we need defensive line help. So draft Nix lll… He is 334 pounds. Put him in the middle and move Poe around on the D line and we will beat Denver.

    • Brian Dempsey

      I like the idea. Drafting Nix at #23 is not the same as drafting Tyson Jackson at #3 in 2009. Nix does fit the 3-4 and he’s a better prospect and a better football player than Jackson was coming out of college.