A Chiefs fan’s guide to the NFL Draft: Final Mock Draft
Round 2 – Pick 37 overall – Mike Hughes – Cornerback – UCF
Of the three cornerbacks that are frequently projected in this area of the draft (Mike Hughes, Isaiah Oliver, and Carlton Davis) Mike Hughes actually has the worst size for a typical outside press man cornerback. However, his tape shows someone that doesn’t let that size effect him and he looks like a potential lock down cover corner in the NFL. There just seems to be a lot of smoke here with Hughes and the Chiefs so I pulled the trigger. What did I give up to move up to pick number 37?
Kansas City Chiefs get:
Pick #37 overall (2nd round)
Indianapolis Colts get:
KC’s 2nd round pick in 2019 (from the Peters trade)
Pick #78 (3rd round)
Pick #124 (4th round)
After their trade with the New York Jets, the Colts already had three 2nd round picks. They trade their second one to the Chiefs and in return pick up a 2nd rounder next year plus KC’s first of two third round picks and second of two fourth round picks in this draft. The good news for the Chiefs is they get to move up and take their corner and still have picks left in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round of this draft. I think this is a win/win for both teams and very feasible given that Indianapolis is run by former Chiefs personnel man, Chris Ballard and their abundance of second round picks in this draft.
I did five different mock draft simulations using different big boards and the earliest Mike Hughes was selected in any of them was pick number 40, so moving up to pick 37 seems like a reasonable move to land their guy. Plus, not having to jump all the way into the end of the first round allowed me to keep KC’s second rounder #54 overall in this draft to try and land another player that can help this season.
As far as Mike Hughes goes, he’s a 5-foot-10 and 189 pound physical man cornerback. While I like Oliver and Davis’ size and length better, Hughes has the best tape of the three. There seems to be some buzz around KC really liking him and Brett Veach isn’t being shy about letting people know he’ll make a move for a guy he wants. I think this all makes sense.
So if KC lands their corner thanks to this trade, who do they target with their other 2nd round pick?