Wide Receivers that the Chiefs may consider in the first round
Spattered throughout the draft there are a number of talented receivers that could peak the Chiefs interest. The likelihood of Kansas City taking a wide receiver at some point is somewhat high if they are truly building for the future. There is little to no chance that the Chiefs can get one of the top two receivers in the class, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t players worth drafting to be the heir to Sammy Watkins in the future. Here are some of the wide receivers that the Chiefs could consider in the first two rounds.
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
This seems to be a longshot. Justin Jefferson is one of the best receivers in this year’s class but there are a lot of talented receivers, which means there is bound to be a player that falls through the cracks. Of the top four receivers, Ceedee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, and Jefferson, Jefferson seems the most likely to fall. While certainly not expected, the Chiefs could bolster their offense with the talented LSU receiver.
Jefferson is an aggressive wide receiver that snags the ball out of the air and wins contested catches. In his final year at LSU, he caught a whopping 18 touchdown receptions. Some NFL scouts may be hesitant in drafting him because he got most of his work in the slot. While Jefferson does not have a large frame, he is very good with the ball in his hands and can make defenders miss.
With some development, Jefferson would be a nice replacement for Watkins’s inevitable departure. He looks very quick in and out of routes and can catch the ball in the middle of the field. He will need to gain some strength and learn how to handle press coverage from NFL defenders. While it seems unlikely Jefferson is available at pick 32, he could be an incredible pick for the Chiefs.
Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Another longshot that could somehow fall between the cracks. However, Mims becoming a Chief at this point seems less likely than Justin Jefferson. While one shouldn’t ascribe to the idea of draft “stocks,” the talk surrounding Mims has begun to heat up in recent days. After Mims blew up the NFL Combine, teams seemed to be more interested than ever and the Chiefs should not be an exception, especially with his ability to get downfield with top-notch speed.
Mims is viewed as an intriguing receiver option due to his balance of speed and size. With similar size to that of Julio Jones, it’s no wonder why scouts are buzzing about him. Mims has incredible burst that makes him dangerous for anyone playing him in man coverage. With the ability to track the ball and pluck it out of the air, there is a chance that Mims could develop into an All-Pro at the next level. There were concerns about his tendency to drop the ball, but that was somewhat alleviated when it was revealed that he was playing through a hand injury. Mims appears to have one of the highest ceilings in the draft among wide receivers.
The Chiefs would have to be the beneficiary of some bad drafting decisions for Mims to fall into their lap. It seems unlikely that Mims would get passed over by the Green Bay Packers who are slated to pick two picks ahead of the Chiefs. Again, with such a loaded wide receiver class, there is always the possibility that one falls that was unexpected to do so.
This may be the most likely of the first-round options. Reagor is certainly talented, but may not belong in the same tier as the rest of the wide receivers that are projected to be taken in the first round. Many expect that Reagor is still a first-round talent, but some recent mock drafts have him falling into the second round. His skill set is made up of one that the Chiefs love; Reagor is a threat to take it the distance every time.
While Reagor does not have the blazing speed that Hardman and Hill have, he is incredibly gifted with the ball in his hands. At TCU, he was never given ample opportunity to shine because of poor quarterback play. On film, however, you can see that Reagor is an impressive route runner that can beat man coverage. Reagor may be a boom or bust kind of player, but his twitchy route running should impress any scout.
Reagor’s ability to get free from defenders and make guys miss is exactly what Veach should be looking for. With the combination of Hill and Hardman as deep trheats, Reagor would make an incredible addition underneath, where he could break free for huge gains at a time. The Chiefs should certainly consider Reagor if he is still on the board at 32.