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.