2018 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper mocks wide receiver James Washington to Chiefs

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The latest two-round mock draft is out from Mel Kiper Jr. at ESPN, and he has the Chiefs adding another wide receiver to help Patrick Mahomes.

Mel Kiper Jr. has a newer two-round mock draft out over at ESPN, and he’s got the Kansas City Chiefs making a very interesting investment with their first overall selection at No. 54 overall. With their second round choice, Kiper has mocked wide receiver James Washington from Oklahoma State to the Chiefs.

The Chiefs lack a first round choice this year due to last year’s trade up in the draft to grab quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Kiper believes they’ll do whatever they can to grab further offensive help for the new quarterback to ease him in. Washington is certainly going to be among the draft’s better wideouts, so there’s no questioning his talent. It’s rather about fit.

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The Chiefs have shown interest in further wideouts, particularly in a slot role, as the Kendall Wright visit illustrated. However, they have Travis Kelce at tight end, Kareem Hunt at running back and Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins at wide receiver. Chris Conley is coming back from a season-ending injury and the team also has Jehu Chesson and Demarcus Robinson as options down the depth chart.

Kiper made his pick and said, “The Chiefs gave a big free-agent deal to Sammy Watkins, but they shouldn’t be done. New starter Patrick Mahomes needs some help.”

Given how many targets that the big four will command in Watkins, Kelce, Hunt and Hill, it’s hard to imagine there are really that many more around for such a downfield talent like Washington. The Cowboys WR led all receivers in college this year with a 20.9 yards/reception average.

Then again, maybe Kiper is on to something. As much as the Watkins signing only enhances the Chiefs offense, the Washington addition could put them over the top, with numerous downfield targets to stretch defenses to the breaking point again and again.