Nov 1, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Taylor Decker (68) against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Extra, Extra, Read All About It: here’s your pre-holiday, pre-bowl game, pre-offseason, pre-combine, pre-draft, pre-early… mock draft.
You can doubt my ability to stay in the present moment here… but don’t doubt my heart for the Chiefs. I offer you my first 2016 Mock Draft… that I’m willing to share with you… but believe me this is nowhere near the first mock I’ve done in the past month for myself. This mock was done at first-pick.com which is my favorite site for playing game-style mocks because it allows for trades that other teams are proposing to you. Here, you can tell I accepted several of those trades and came away with 11 draft picks. Enjoy.
First-Pick has the Chiefs currently selecting at pick #17.
OT Taylor Decker, 6’7″ 315, Ohio State
I can see the 6’7”, 315 lb. Taylor Decker playing bookends with Eric Fisher on the Chiefs line for the next decade. Decker is a Senior from Ohio State, knows how to play at a high level and has faced some top competition. You can watch some tape on him here at DraftBreakdown.
WR Tyler Boyd, 6’2″ 185, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd
If you’ve gotten to watch the 6’2” Boyd you’ll know why I was glad to see him drop to round two. Some may shy away from WRs who are from Pittsburgh (Jon Baldwin) but Boyd had 3,300+ yards in three years along with 21 TDs. The Chiefs want another top WR to pair with Jeremy Maclin. I think that can be Boyd. Watch his tape: DraftBreakdown.
ILB Kentrell Brothers, 6’0″ 238, Missouri
Kentrell is the best player on a not so good Missouri team. However, if you watch the MU defense Brothers jumps off the screen by jumping all over everything that comes his way. He has a knack of being in on almost every single defensive play. A real leader who can develop into a legitimate replacement for Derrick Johnson whenever he goes. Read more about Kentrell as Tod Palmer of the K.C Star calls Brothers a “Joke making tackling machine.” Watch him perform here.
FS Deon Bush, 6’1″ 205, Miami (FL)
Miami Hurricanes’ Deon Bush (2)
One of Bush’s strengths is the timing of his hits. He reminds me a bit of Eric Berry in that way. Bush has run a 4.43 40 and is able to come from across the field to make plays. What is especially appealing is that he never gives up on a play and I haven’t seen him take a play off. If you’d like to see him make an interception while laying on his backside go to 3:10 of this video vs. Nebraska.
DT/OG Vernon Butler, 6’3″, 310
Vernon Butler is out of Louisiana Tech and reminds me of Allen Bailey when he was drafted. At 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds Butler is sculpted and doesn’t wield a huge belly like many defensive linemen. He’s also agile and quick with lots of room to develop. Would love to see another Allen Bailey on the front line. His flexibility to play OG should get him some serious looks.
OLB Eric Striker, 6’0″ 222, Oklahoma
If Oklahoma advances to the football playoffs and then makes it to the final game Striker’s name and value will leap up the draft boards. Although he’s listed as an OLB he only goes 6-foot-0 and 220 so the Chiefs would have to figure out how to use him: probably as as Safety. However, Eric Striker is a dynamic player who should be considered.
K Roberto Aguayo, 6’0″ 204, Florida State
Florida State kicker, Roberto Aguayo
Roberto Aguayo is a kicker best known as, “Mr. Perfect.” Yes, he’s missed some kicks but his made percentages are so high… as well as his own expectations… that he’s sure to be a big time kicker in the NFL. His 2014 numbers are better than his 2015 stats but it’s obvious this guy would make the Chiefs better… just like Dustin Colquitt (selected in the 3rd) makes the Chiefs better.
WR Jordan Williams, 6’3″ 228, Ball State
Williams is a man sized wide out at 6-foot-3 and 228 lbs.. He has over 2,700 receiving in the past three seasons, with 23 TDs while averaging nearly 14 yards per catch. Jordan Williams has been timed at 4.46 in the 40 which is not exceptionally fast but he makes up for it in size and he’s great when he goes up to compete for a ball. Take a peek at how he does against Northwestern.
QB Cody Kessler, 6’1″ 215, Southern Cal
I’m not going to profess mad love for USC’s Cody Kessler but he has a deep ball that would look good in a Chiefs uniform. He’s got a good arm and his deep passes show an unusually high arc that allows his receivers to run under the ball. No, he’s not a first round talent as many would like to see the Chiefs begin to focus on but, he’d be another good Andy Reid protege. Highlights here.
TE Tyler Higbee, 6’6″ 250, Western Kentucky
Tight end Tyler Higbee (82)
Once the NFL combine arrives and more people get a good look at TE Tyler Higbee, I seriously doubt he’ll fall to the sixth round where I’m picking him here. The Chiefs need another good, young strong tight end and Higbee could be that guy. At 6-foot-6 and 250 he’s already cut to take on NFL linebackers. You’ll see he’s not only a good blocker but has good hands in this game against Indiana.
CB Brian Poole, 5″10″ 211, Florida
If you only watch one of these highlight videos you might want to watch this one of CB Brian Poole from Florida. All I can tell you is… I love this guy. He may be only 5-foot-10 but he weighs 211 lbs. and he covers like rain but hits like hail.
All of these prospects were chosen under the basic premise that they could make the Chiefs better right away and not that the Chiefs would necessarily be in the market for their services.
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