Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
If Yetur Gross-Matos is available at 32 for the Chiefs, if I was Brett Veach, I’d be all over it. NFL.com gave Gross-Matos a 6.5 grade and labeled him as a “boom or bust prospect.” And a boom or bust prospect he is with, in my opinion, a great chance to make a boom. He’s a 6’5″ 266 lb defensive end out of Penn State who, in the last two seasons, has 34.5 tackles for a loss and 17 sacks.
He’s an excellent pass rusher and, paired up with Frank Clark and Chris Jones, could make the Chiefs’ pass rush an absolute force to be reckoned with. There’s a good chance that Gross-Matos goes earlier in the draft than the Chiefs’ pick, but he’d be an absolute steal for the Chiefs. He’s certainly a top five edge rusher this draft, and would be a huge addition to the Chiefs’ defensive line.
Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
Kenny Willekes has been my draft crush since last year when I watched some of his tape. A walk-on, he redshirted his first year and then only played one game his freshman year. But once he really got onto the field, he proved himself in a big way. He’s started all 39 games his past 3 seasons and put up great numbers. Over the last three seasons, he’s had 228 total tackles along with 49 tackles for a loss. Not to mention he’s also racked up 23.5 sacks and an interception over these three seasons.
Like I said, Willekes has been my guy since last year. I loved his determination on every play; he’s a guy who truly doesn’t stop until the whistle blows. He’s come all the way from a walk-on to a star on Michigan State’s defensive line to a potential draft pick. I’d love for the Chiefs to grab him in the fourth round.
Ross Blacklock, IDL, TCU
If the Chiefs want to pair Chris Jones with another excellent defensive tackle, then I like Ross Blacklock from TCU. At 6’3″, 290 lbs., he’s got the size and build of an NFL defensive tackle. Not to mention the athleticism. He did miss his entire sophomore season due to an Achilles tear, which is a drawback, but he’s still secured a spot among the top interior defensive linemen in this year’s draft.
My big drawback with Blacklock is that the Chiefs are not in a very good spot for him. I believe that pick #32 is a reach for Blacklock, while he will certainly be gone by pick #63. However, if all of their guys are gone in the first round, if the Chiefs traded back into the middle of the second I would be happy with Blacklock.