The Kansas City Chiefs will have the 28th-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Whether or not they trade out and move up or down remains to be seen, but for now, we will assume they stand firm. In the first three years of the John Dorsey era, Kansas City has stood pat on two occasions, and traded back once.
This year, the Chiefs are trying to get over the hump. Kansas City went 11-5 and won a playoff game in 2015, showcasing their talent and the ability to finally win a big game. It seems like the Chiefs might need one or two more pieces to become frontrunners for the Super Bowl. So who might Dorsey and the rest of the brain trust be looking at?
Let’s see what the pundits have to say in their Chiefs mock draft…
NFL.com (Lance Zeirlein): Jonathan Bullard, DT, Florida
Right tackle could be the pick here, but I don’t see a fit for what the Chiefs like. Instead, let’s go with a hybrid lineman with penetration and pass-rush ability.
NFL.com (Bucky Brooks): Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The Chiefs’ press-man scheme is ideally suited to Fuller’s skills. Although the Virginia Tech standout missed a portion of the 2015 season with an injury, the Chiefs could view him as a young starter opposite Marcus Peters.
NFL.com (Daniel Jeremiah): Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
Andy Reid loves to collect athletic edge defenders, and Fackrell is very versatile and explosive.
FOX Sports (Peter Schrager): Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
"Coleman is a talent. He scored 20 touchdowns in the first two months of the season and has lights out speed. Alex Smith and that offense got going down the stretch in 2015, but there’s still room for a few more weapons. Coleman’s a steal at 28."
Pro Football Focus (Steve Palazzolo): Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona
"Seemingly always on the lookout for a complement to LB Derrick Johnson in the middle of the defense, Kansas City adds Wright who was one our No. 2 linebacker in the nation in 2014 (+50.6). Wright is coming off injury that limited him to only 174 snaps in 2015, but he’s quick to diagnose and excellent against the run, grading at +40.0 over the last two years."
SB Nation (Dan Kadar): Jonathan Bullard, DT, Florida
"The Chiefs have free agents on the defensive line and could save some money simply by drafting their replacement in Bullard. He’s a versatile lineman who was big enough to line up at tackle on occasion at Florida but really excelled when he was at end."