While the NFL season is in full swing, teams are already preparing for the 2023 Draft. What are analysts across the web projecting in mock drafts for KC Chiefs?
While we are still in the middle of the season, teams are already busy preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft. Many teams send college scouts across the country to attend college football games every week in order to get a better understanding of young prospects they may select in the following draft.
Kansas City and the Chiefs are the hosts of the 2023 NFL Draft but what kind of players are they potentially interested in? Which positions will they target? It’s too early to know for sure but there are countless NFL mock drafts across the internet so let’s take a quick look at what a few draft analysts are projecting for Kansas City.
Here is what Joe Marino said about the Chiefs selecting Gonzalez in his mock draft:
"The Chiefs’ wide receiver corps was overhauled last offseason and there is a chance it looks different again after the next offseason. As Kansas City’s roster continues to become more expensive, the need for major contributors on rookie deals is critical. Kayshon Boutte is the most physically dynamic wide receiver in the rising class and pairing him with Patrick Mahomes could be lethal."
I love this mock selection for the Chiefs. Tight end Travis Kelce is still awesome but is getting up there in age. JuJu Smith-Schuster has been getting better in recent weeks, with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, and should be retained. Skyy Moore has shown potential but is not a sure thing. Kansas City would be wise to add another receiving weapon for Mahomes to make the offense borderline unstoppable in passing situations.
Here is James Fragoza’s analysis of the Jalin Hyatt selection:
"Let’s be honest — this selection should be vetoed by the other 31 NFL teams. Jalin Hyatt is a football player with track speed, not a track star playing football. Hyatt obliterates tackling angles in the open field, and once he gets even with a cornerback, he’s gone.Imagine that type of game-breaking speed paired with Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid? Oh, wait…"
After his dominant performance against Alabama a couple of weeks ago, I would welcome Jalin Hyatt to the Chiefs with open arms. He has a chance to be the dynamic playmaker at receiver the Chiefs miss after the trade of Tyreek Hill. Of course, Hyatt will very likely never be as good as Hill, but he has the chance to replace the speed and playmaking elements the Chiefs currently lack.
After Chris Jones, the Chiefs don’t have a ton at defensive tackle, so adding Keondre Coburn could be a massive boost to their defensive line both literally and figuratively. Coburn is 6-foot-2 and 343 pounds but is a real pass-rushing threat. Jones and Coburn side by side could be unblockable for the high majority of interior offensive lines.
Luke Musgrave would an interesting pick for Kansas City in this year’s draft. He has the physical tools of a superstar, big with good speed and can quickly find open space on the field, but he is more of a projection based on his potential. Whether or not the Chiefs are willing to pick a tight end this early will strongly depend on how the Chiefs view Noah Gray.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of the Tuli Tuipulotu selection for the Chiefs. I think he can be a solid player in the NFL but I also don’t view him as a potential high-level pass rusher off the edge, although he could potentially kick inside in obvious pass-rushing situations.
Here is how McDonald justified the Anudike-Uzomah pick:
"An edge prospect to eventually replace Frank Clark and play across from George Karlaftis for the next few seasons."
A Kansas City area native? Yes. Attending a university in Kansas? Affirmative. Plays a position of need? Yep. Great football player? Absolutely. Where is the 2023 NFL Draft? Kansas City.
I have doubts that Felix Anudike-Uzomah will be available late in the first round of the draft, but if he is, the Chiefs should sprint to the podium. This isn’t necessarily about FAU being a local kid but he is exactly what the Chiefs need on their defense. He has good top-end speed for a defensive end and has a great first step. He would be a perfect complement to George Karlaftis.