2018 NFL Draft: Insider Jared Tokarz talks Chiefs, AFC West

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Mike Hughes
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Mike Hughes /

We’re excited to post our discussion with NFL Draft insider Jared Tokarz about the Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC West.

The 2018 NFL Draft is three weeks away, which means more and more rumors are swirling even as bits of information are leaking about prospects. In order to sort out the latest analysis and hear where the Kansas City Chiefs and other AFC West rivals might be thinking, we recently spoke with NFL Draft insider Jared Tokarz about this year’s class.

Any specific position/positions the Chiefs have been ‘attached’ to perhaps most often? 

Cornerback seems to be a continued focus. It seems like they have been spending a lot of time with mid-round/later round type WRs and that makes sense.

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Any specific player/players the Chiefs have been ‘attached’ to perhaps most often? 

Its no surprised that Chiefs have been spending time evaluating cornerbacks closely. Two names I know they have met and worked out would be Jaire Alexander and Mike Hughes, who is a great fit if he’s there.

What do you view to be the Chiefs biggest position of need?  


Your thoughts on the Chiefs offseason moves thus far?

None really. Nothing earth shattering. Would’ve like them to keep Tamba Hali. 

If you had to pick a player that will be selected by K.C., who would that be?

Carlton Davis, a cornerback from Auburn, a big corner who should be available when the Chiefs pick.

What’s your opinion of Kansas defensive lineman Dorance Armstrong?

Great build for an edge guy and looks the part, but I wasn’t thrilled with his 40 time. I think he’s more athletic than the 40 tells. His main issue for me is getting off blocks on film. He needs to shed blocks better; I think that hurt his production this year.

Your reaction/opinion last season to the move to get Mahomes during the previous draft?

I had him ranked my 2nd best QB behind Trubisky. I was a fan of the move. Now its time he comes out and proves himself, and it seems evident the Chiefs think he’s able.  

What range is Mahomes selected had he been a part of the 18 draft instead of last year. 

Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen.

Where do the top QB’s land?

Browns: Darnold. Giants: Rosen. Jets: Mayfield. Browns at No. 4 (trade pick to Bills): Allen

Who are the other AFC West teams attached to?

Broncos: Mayfield. Chargers: I think they address a backup quarterback. Lamar Jackson is someone they’ve met with and they attended his pro day. Raiders: Offensive line.

What does your draft day/weekend look like? 

Last year I attended the draft in Philadelphia and hosted multiple events.  I think this year I am going to have a few laptops going and watch it in Boston drinking a few IPAs. A little more low key.