On Thursday, Mel Kiper Jr. released his first, three-round mock for the 2015 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 30-May 2 in Chicago. With the date getting closer, it was interesting to see how Kiper believes the draft will play out for the Kansas City Chiefs, who hold four picks in the first two days.
Below are Kiper’s selections, which can be seen here (you need ESPN Insider to view).
Round 1 – 18th pick: Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
Round 2 – 49th pick: Stephone Anthony, ILB, ClemsonRound 3 – 80th pick: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
Round 3 – 98th pick: Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn
Frankly, I would be underwhelmed by this group. I like Anthony in the second round, because he’s a quality player that also fits a positional need for Kansas City. Derrick Johnson is a great player but is also 32 years old, coming off a torn Achilles and in the final year of his contract. Anthony could learn a lot from Johnson and then see a big role in his second season.
Strong is a nice player, but does not feel like an 18th-overall selection. I’m wary of taking the fourth- or fifth-best prospect at a position that high in the draft, especially after the Chiefs just invested $55 million into Jeremy Maclin. Personally, I would rather see general manager John Dorsey take an offensive lineman or defensive player in the first round, provided the board falls accordingly. Then again, Dorsey is in his chair for a reason.
In the third round, I don’t feel either of those players are great fits. Wright makes some sense, but in the third round is where ample value can be found. Maybe Kansas City would be better off to draft a receiver there with a little bit of a lower ceiling but a high floor? Or maybe even a tight end to pair with Travis Kelce, someone like Florida State’s Nick O’Leary?
Regardless, we will find out soon. How do you feel, Addicts? Is Kiper on point or way off base?