Mock Draft: Todd McShay Updates His NFL Mock Draft

Todd McShay has updated his mock draft and this time he has bucked the wide receiver trend for the Chiefs.

With the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, McShay projects the Chiefs to select Ra’Shede Hageman, a defensive lineman from Minnesota. The writeup:

This is a tough scenario for the Chiefs, and were trades allowed in this exercise, I would try desperately to trade out. I really don’t want to spend another Chiefs first-round pick on a 3-4 defensive lineman, and Kansas City just signed Vance Walker. But if confronted with this situation, I’d take the best player on my board, and that is Hageman. It’s too early to spend a pick on Kelvin Benjamin or any of the other remaining receivers, and Hageman has the potential to develop into a very good pro. He is an outstanding athlete for his size.

McShay’s scenario involves six wide receivers, including Cody Latimer, going in the 22 picks ahead of Kansas City. Both of the top two safeties are gone, as are the top tier of cornerbacks. The only two guys who have been consistently mocked in the top 20 who fell were Johnny Manziel and linebacker Anthony Barr.

Barr would be incredibly tough to pass on if he fell to the Chiefs. At nearly 6-5, 255 pounds, Barr ran a 4.6 40-yard dash at the combine and ranked as a top performer in the three-cone drill. He was even better in the 40 at his pro day (4.41) and lifted a more reasonable 19 reps of 225. Adding a little bit of muscle would be good for him, but with his and Justin Houston’s speed off the edge, Kansas City would be a nightmare for offensive tackles.

If the Chiefs did end up with Hageman, I wouldn’t complain. He is a boom/bust type but the Chiefs should be willing to take the risk given their belief in their coaching staff and their need for impact players to replace the aging Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson.

Overall, this seems to be the worst case scenario for the Chiefs with all the receivers and top defensive backs being off the board. It should be noted Austin Seferian-Jenkins would still be on the board in McShay’s scenario so that could be an option for the Chiefs if they are stuck with picking at 23.

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  • Nick the Kick

    If Barr where to fall to 23 that would be awesome for the chiefs. Most draft gurus have him just behind Clowney and Mack and top 15. Sutton’s defense is predicated on pressure and I think our db’s are less of a problem than most because the pass rush fell off. There are few elite edge rush prospects in this draft and a glut of wr’s and db’s. To me a shot @ Barr is better than Dix or even Mike Evans falling.

    • Brian Dempsey

      Agreed, because Barr is a 1st-tier LB where the Chiefs are concerned, given his skillset fits the Chiefs defense perfectly. Would take him at #23 without any hesitation

    • mattU

      Totally agree. On athleticism alone, Barr would easily go top 10 in most drafts…Hageman’s a freak too, but speed rusher is usually a higher value position. Not only that, but everyone saw what happened when Hali and Houston went down (Houston in particular) last season, and if we’re being realistic Hali is either going to be traded or a cut next year because we’ll need every cent of his cap-space to have any shot at signing Houston. I don’t think there’s any question about it, if Barr is somehow available for the Chiefs at #23, they should be running to the podium to select him.

  • DoubleD

    Given the options, Hageman seems like a good choice. I’m warm to taking Seferian-Jenkins as well.

  • htmn74

    I’d rather have Nix We are always in 1 and 2 man subsets. We have alot of lb to play around Poe and Nix. I really wanted the Chiefs to trade down and make a play for Lolulei. Trade down and play for Ford. I like Mosley if he’s there and the S are gone. Draft D so the 38-10 blown lead don’t happen again.

  • tm1946

    First to admit I am beginning to think I have no clue about all this but ….please….. no high risk, boombust types. BPA or BPA at a position the Chiefs are desperate to fill but they got to play and play well.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    It would be very hard for the Chiefs to pass on Barr given the way his mock has unfolded. Personally, I would grab Barr and be happy about it. However, I do think it is a fairly unlikely scenario.

  • Nick the Kick

    Couldn’t agree more Merlin. The only way I see us not having a shot @ one of the three 2nd tier wr, Ebron, Pryor, Barr, Denard, or Zach Martin is if none of the qb’s go top 10. I think Hageman is a huge reach @ 23 and that if all I mentioned are gone you have to trade back even if you only get a 3rd.

  • Calchiefsfan

    The biggest problem the Chiefs had last year was the play of Kendrick Lewis. Once Flowers went down in the playoff game Lewis got exposed big time. If Reid and Dorsey feel strongly that Commings and Abdullah can play the FS well then there are a lot of different directions the Chiefs could go that would work well for them, Hageman being one of them. I remember last year when Poe was considered a boom or bust guy. If the Chiefs brain trust think they can get the most out of Hageman he would definitely improve our D, but more so in his second year than his rookie year.

    If they fix the problems in the secondary this team is going to be very good.

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      If Abdullah was so good, why was Lewis starting over him?

      • Calchiefsfan

        You have to wonder. Maybe he’s not that good or maybe after a year off it’s taking a while to shake off the rust. All I can say is If he and Commings aren’t the answer at FS the Chiefs better do something in the draft or the D is going to get exposed again this year.

        • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

          I agree 100%

          • Calchiefsfan

            The flip side is that if the Chiefs do fix their problems in the secondary I see them going 10-6 or better and going to the playoffs a much better team than last year.

          • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

            It is a much harder schedule though and the offensive line is a question right now. If the Chiefs solve that, get better play from the WR’s and defensive backfield, I can see 10 wins

          • Calchiefsfan

            The O line is definitely a question mark but I believe Fisher will be much better with a year under his belt and moving back to LT. The fact that Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson are going to LeCharles Bently’s training program is a big plus in my book. So that leaves RG as the really big question. If they can give Smith the protection, this offense should be solid even if we don’t draft a big time WR. The Chiefs just have to be able to stop the other teams. If they can do that reasonably well, I see 10 wins. Especially since they have one of the best special teams.

          • sidibeke

            I agree but I also know all of the o lineman have some experience and an efficient O that has played together/knows the system can make an average O line look good. I’m not even sure KC needs BETTER play from the WR position. As good plus more from the TE position may be enough. Kelce and Fasano need to stay healthyl

  • Bill

    Wouldn’t be too upset with Hageman, but I would prefer Barr in this scenario. If it worked out this way i’d really like it if they could get a WR like Abbrederis in the third.

  • michael mckee

    Fire bob sutton please….