Dec 24, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown against the Boise State Broncos in the 1st quarter of the 2013 Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

Mock Draft: The Big Lead Goes Receiver Over Calvin Pryor


Now this mock draft is fun.

The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre posted his fifth version of his mock draft on the site and hit has an incredibly fun question for Chiefs fans. Let’s get to it.

With the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, McIntyre projects the Chiefs will take Brandin Cooks, a receiver from Oregon State. The writeup:

With two weeks to go, it’s obvious the Chiefs will take a WR … but how early in the draft? It really depends when the “run” on receivers begins. It feels like the Ravens and Jets are leaning receiver, and then there will be a pause before the Eagles at 22 make a decision.

What makes this pick interesting his McIntyre has the Calvin Pryor going with the very next pick to the Cincinnati Bengals. Most mock draft scenarios we seen so far have involved the Chiefs hoping one of the wide receivers or safeties fall to the Chiefs. The general consensus has been there is a chance none of Pryor, Cooks, Odell Beckham Jr., or Haha Clinton-Dix fall to the Chiefs.

McIntyre disagrees, having both Cooks and Pryor available at 23. This would be a crazy situation for the Chiefs on draft day if the best fit at receiver – Cooks – and a top free safety – Pryor – each fall to the Chiefs at 23.

One would think the safe way to go would be to take Pryor over Cooks and count on the depth of wide receiver in the draft to fill their needs on the edge. However, there is probably no other wide receiver in this draft better suited for Andy Reid’s offense than Cooks. Is it worth passing on the guy who fits your team the best in order to take the best available defensive back in the draft?

This question may be enough to stump me until draft day. Who would you pick in this situation?

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  • NicholasAlanClayton

    I’d definitely go Pryor, but I honestly don’t think he’ll be there.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I am starting to think that Cody Latimer is the pick for the Chiefs, even over Cooks.

  • Austin Moore

    The only way that you take the receiver is if you believe that Abdullah/Commings will be able to do a good enough job at FS. I think that the decision needs to be made off my previous sentence assuming that both Cooks and Pryor rate out about the same on the Chiefs’ big board.

  • Lyle Graversen

    If those are my only two choices I take Cooks. Cooks adds a big play/speed element that they don’t have on the roster. Pryor is too similar to Berry in my opinion, they need a coverage safety. Now if HaHa fell to them that would be different.

    • CaliChief57

      Pryor is too similar to Berry? I think that’s a good problem to have! Having two Eric Berrys on the field would only help with defensive scheming. Defense is the most important issue to address in the draft. We need to beat the Broncos, and Settle showed it was with defense.

  • Michael Shaw

    I have to disagree. I would rather have Pryor over Cooks. We can get a good WR i this draft in the 3rd round, but the same cannot be said about a FS to match up with Berry for years to come.

  • John Moore

    Pryor without a doubt. I have much more faith in some combination of Travis Kelce, AJ Jenkins (2014 is the last year he has guaranteed money), and Junior Hemmingway to step up and supplement Charles, Bowe, and Avery as receivers, than I do Commings or Abdullah stepping up to supplement Berry, Smith, and Flowers in the Secondary.

    Furthermore, look at our schedule: P. Manning x 2, Rivers x 2, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Carson Palmer, Big Ben, Kaepernick. In 2015 it is P. Manning x 2, Rivers x 2, Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler, Flacco, Big Ben, and possibly Brady and Luck. Given our schedule this year and next, our secondary and edge rusher should be our top priorities.

    I would put FS, DE, OG/T, and WR as our top priorities, in that order. The draft may dictate taking players in different orders, but that’s how I would rank our priorities.

  • Tony Parker

    defense definitely needs to be addressed. therefore it would be boneheaded to take a wr over a top notch safety. commings nor Abdullah is the answer at safety.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Tough, tough question. These are my two favorite picks in the first round.
    I’ll go with Pryor though. Historically, safeties are safer picks in the top round.