Round 5, pick 175, CB Marco Wilson
With their 175th pick, I have the Chiefs doubling up on defensive back by adding Florida cornerback Marco Wilson. Many might not be a fan of this pick, but I will make the case for Wilson. He’s the best player available at 175 for a few reasons.
First off, Wilson is an athletic monster. RAS (Relative Athletic Score) grades the athleticism of every player in the draft, taking into account their speed, explosion, etc., then gives a score on a 0-10 scale, and gave Marco Wilson a 9.98 out of 10 which ranks first among all cornerbacks in the draft.
This is exactly how the Chiefs found L’Jarius Sneed last year. Sneed was one of the highest-rated cornerbacks athletically in last year’s class, but there were simply questions about whether or not he was ready for the next level. Wilson is in the same boat. He struggled at times with Florida but he was consistently up against the best receivers in the country week in and week out, and he held up with 4 passes defended just last season.
Wilson will just need some coaching up like Sneed did when he came out. Honestly, if you can get a prospect just as good as Sneed this year around the 5th round again, regardless if you need him or not, you just take him and figure out the rest later.
Round 5, Pick 181, WR Marquez Stevenson
I believe the Chiefs will add two new bodies to their wide receiver corps in this draft, and one of my favorite developmental receiver prospects is Marquez Stevenson out of Houston. You don’t even have to watch game film on him, just go look up his highlights on YouTube and his top-end speed is the first thing you love about him. He is very fast. Stevenson is someone I believe could become a serious deep threat in the NFL who could also take over kick and punt return duties right off the bat.
However, Stevenson has a few issues which is why he would be there in the 5th round for the Chiefs to take. First, he has battled injuries a lot in college. He missed major time on two separate occasions with collarbone and knee injuries. Secondly, he needs a lot of refinement in his route-running and getting separation without just using his speed. Fortunately, when you watch Stevenson’s film he seems committed to improving his release and will get creative, but once contact is initiated, he can be taken out of the play.
In the end, Stevenson is still electric with the ball in the open field and accumulated 2,500 yards from scrimmage and 24 TDs in his time at Houston for a reason. He’d be a great pick late in the fifth round and the prospect of adding a speedster like Stevenson with Hill and Hardman is intriguing. Just send them all deep.