NFL Mock draft: Who are Chiefs taking?

Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Jehu Chesson (86) can
Nov 28, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Jehu Chesson (86) can /

Let’s see who the Kansas City Chiefs in the latest NFL mock draft releases.

The Chiefs and the rest of the National Football League for that matter are getting close to the NFL Draft, which starts on April 28 in Chicago. It will be a time where some teams will get much better for the long-term future while others will continue to hurt their chances by taking bad players or overvalued talent.

Kansas City has done reasonably well under general manager John Dorsey but he needs to really hit this one out of the park. The Chiefs have a ton of talent on both sides of the ball but another quality draft like last year – adding Marcus Peters and Mitch Morse can’t be undervalued – would be enormous.

Of course, there is not a consensus on who the Chiefs are targeting. Most believe that Dorsey will be looking on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the way of a cornerback. This would make ample sense considering the Chiefs watched Sean Smith leave on a four-year deal for the Oakland Raiders.

Let’s see what everybody has to say around the internet:

Sports Illustrated (Chris Burke) – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

"Mentioned some of Apple’s selling points at No. 26, and the same arguments hold true at 28. The Chiefs value big, physical defenders on the edge and Apple is that, at times to a fault (he will be flagged quite a bit next year). Sean Smith’s departure will sting unless the Chiefs can replace him with a player like this."

CBS Sports (Will Brinson)Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

"A rich secondary only gets richer as the Chiefs add the thumping Bell to pair up with Eric Berry and Marcus Peters on the back end of a dangerous defense."

CBS Sports (Jared Dubin) – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

"With Sean Smith having left for the rival Raiders, the Chiefs get Apple to give last year’s first-rounder, Marcus Peters, a new partner in crime."

Kansas City Star (Terez Paylor) – Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

"Jones is a huge guy with a thick frame, at 6 feet 6 and 310 pounds, and he flashes quickness and strength plus powerful hands. He has the traits to play nose, which would even allow Poe to shift to the three-tech on occasion. His sack number (2  1/2 ) in 2015 was underwhelming, but if he can develop a feel for his pass-rush moves, watch out — the physical traits are there to be a good pass-rusher."

SB Nation (Dan Kadar)Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

"That run on cornerbacks really dealt a blow to the Chiefs, especially considering a player like Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech may be too much of an injury risk to take in the first round. Taking Butler as a fallback isn’t a bad option, though. Butler is a really good defensive lineman who can get lost in the shuffle because the Louisiana Tech product didn’t play at a big school."