Round 2: William Jackson, CB, Houston
What we saw in the Super Bowl goes to show just how important corner backs are in the NFL. Having a deep and solid group of corners allows the front seven to apply pressure with more aggressiveness. With what appears to be the departure of Sean Smith, along with backups Jamell Flemming and Marcus Cooper, the Chiefs are very thin at corner back. Outside of rookie of the year Marcus Peters, the Chiefs return Phillip Gaines returning from knee surgery and third rounder Steve Nelson, who saw limited action.
Jackson has the size and length that this defense likes, and while his technique and footwork needs work, he has solid instincts and is a solid tackler. Along with Gaines and Peters, the Chiefs would have three young corner backs the Chiefs can help build their defense around.
Round 3: Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State
The Chiefs will need help on the offensive line, and while their issues are not immediate, with the uncertainty surrounding the future Eric Fisher long term, the Chiefs will need to address this position long term.
Haeg played left tackle at North Dakota State and played left tackle at the Senior Bowl, so in the even the Chiefs decide not to keep Fisher long-term, the option of moving Haeg to the left side is there. He’s played both right tackle and left tackle in college, providing him the background of versatility that Reid and this regime appear to be fans of. Haeg could likely start at right tackle on opening day for the Chiefs. He’ll need to add bulk, especially in his lower body, but the potential for a starting tackle is there.
Round 4: Paul McRoberts, WR, SE Missouri State
McRoberts, getting off the bus, appears to be everything you’re looking for at the position. He’s 6-foot-2, and is a physical player. Obviously coming from a smaller program such as SEMO, his route running and understanding of complex coverage will need a lot of work.
However, he’s they type of player that can be a contributor in passing situations and special teams as a rookie while working on route running and the such. What can be said, while he wasn’t the star of the Senior Bowl, McRoberts certainly didn’t look out of place. Certainly has the potential to be a solid number two wide receiver if everything works out.
Next: Rounds 5 and 6