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Readers’ Mock Draft: Kansas City Chiefs First Round Pick


It is about time we had reader’s mock draft, so what better time to do it than one week before the beginning of the draft?

What we’ll do is pretty simple: I’ll give you five names based a scenario FanSpeak’s simulator provides and you can vote in the poll below for who the Chiefs should pick. Don’t like the choices available? Start a write-in campaign in the comments.

Let’s get this thing started.

DARQUEZE DENNARD

Dennard is listed by Walter Football as the best available player in the draft by his rankings. The need to add depth to the cornerback position exists, and replacing Brandon Flowers is something the Chiefs are going to have to consider soon.

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

A bigger version of Brandin Cooks but not as good of a route runner. He has the SEC thing going for him, and Dwayne Bowe is certain to love having another LSU guy on the team.

BRANDIN COOKS

Smaller than the typical John Dorsey wide receiver and durability could be a concern. He’s more polished as a receiver than Beckham and is an excellent fit in Reid’s system if he can stay on the field.

KONY EALY

Ealy is the best pass rusher available and pass rusher may be the Chiefs’ biggest need on defense. He could play five technique and outside linebacker. Would have a year to develop behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.

CALVIN PRYOR

A free safety who plays like a strong safety. Bob Sutton likes to throw a lot of defensive backs on the field so he would get a lot of playing time early. Adding Pryor would allow Sutton a lot of flexibility with what he can do in the secondary, and gives Dorsey a safety net in contract negotiations with Eric Berry.

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES

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So who should we take, Addicts?

With the 23rd pick in the AA Reader's Mock Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select...

  • Calvin Pryor (30%, 160 Votes)
  • Brandin Cooks (23%, 123 Votes)
  • Odell Beckham (23%, 122 Votes)
  • Kony Ealy (13%, 68 Votes)
  • Darqueze Dennard (11%, 65 Votes)

Total Voters: 536

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  • John Guyer

    What about Barr dropping down to us, do we no longer think that will happen? I still think we should try to move back and collect more picks

    • Ben Nielsen

      In this particular simulation he did not fall to KC. McShay and Kiper seem to think he’ll fall.

      I’m good for the trade back thing, but it’s hard to make that happen in this exercise.

      • Cindy Pinnick-Hendrix

        A snowball has a better chance in hell than we do in trading down.

        • Ben Nielsen

          So you’re saying there’s a chance?! :)

  • berttheclock

    The bigger question is where have you sequestered Laddie?

    • Ben Nielsen

      He’s moving back into his home today. All is well.

  • unclejesse40

    Hageman

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Pryor!

  • [email protected]

    Dennard but he won’t be there

  • Calchiefsfan

    Pryor! I like the idea of getting more speed in the secondary. Plus he hits like a truck. T.Y Hilton might not have lasted the game if Pryor had been playing safety instead of Lewis.

  • Jacob

    As much as I like Cooks, I’d go with Dennard. The offense made due with what they had near the end of the season as the playbook opened up. The defense is a different story, and I don’t see Pryor as a particularly good fit unless he’s going to replace Berry.

  • slickgoldie

    Dennard would be a no Brainerd. He won’t be there though. Next is pryor. He will be gone too. Then I want Roby.

  • Keane Santos

    If Cooks is available there (which he probably won’t be) I would take him over the others by a mile. I’ve seen cooks play multiple times and he’s just a true gamer – competes, runs well, shows up in big moments: I think he has all the makings of a star and he gives us a perfect boost on offense (more speed, vertical threat as well as running the intermediate and short third down routes). We have other needs but if we’re prescribing to the BPA theory this would be my pick.

    • Brian Dempsey

      Same here. I’d take Cooks before any Safety in this draft. Cooks is guy that will make a bigger impact in games than any Safety and there isn’t any Safety in this draft that could cover Cooks one-on-one, anyways.

      • berttheclock

        Did you see my mock to Merlin, where, I went with Zach Martin. Just read a report saying the Giants are looking long and hard at him at 12.

        • Brian Dempsey

          I didn’t see your mock, but I did see the report about Zach Martin being in consideration for the Giants at #12. I don’t believe Martin will fall to #23.

          And regarding Cooks, I don’t why durability concerns are being written about him as he’s never missed a game on any level.

  • Justin Gideon

    We are not, (let me repeat that), WE ARE NOT winning an offensive arms race with Denver period. To beat Denver you pressure Manning, so if Ealy is there (I don’t think he will be) then out of all those players he provides the biggest impact towards beating Denver next year. Adding a very skilled pass rusher that has the size to play down lineman and speed to play outside edge rusher/linebacker adds versatility and much needed depth to our pass rush and gives us a solid building block to prepare for the eventual departure of Hali. I am so surprised that so many don’t catch on to this. I have a feeling that no matter what receiver is there at 23 (unless Evans or Watkins falls that far) if Ealy or Hageman is there that will be the pick. Sets them up to take a guy like Moncrief in the 3rd.

  • Chuck Burrell

    If Dorsey goes WR to not only compliment, but also replace Bowe, then I think we go with Odell. Cooks size is intimidating for a GM, especially one with no 2nd rounder. I wouldn’t be upset with Lee either. But I agree with some of the other commenters that beating manning takes a nasty D. Pryor standing next to Berry would force any QB to second guess his read of the pre-snap coverage. Dangerous

  • 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 – one of these will be.

    Kony Ealy -DE

    C J Mosley – ILB

    Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG

    Eric Ebron – TE