2024 final first-round mock draft: KC Chiefs land impact starter in round 1

Let's take our final look at the first-round to see who we project the Kansas City Chiefs (and other teams) to take on opening night of the 2024 NFL Draft.
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25. Green Bay Packers - Jer'Zhan Newton, IDL, Illinois

Jer'Zhan Newton
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The Packers are going to take defense in the first round now and forever. Here they get a great value with Newton, who will be a nice pass-rushing option next to Kenny Clark and Devonte Wyatt.

26. Arizona Cardinals - Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Nate Wiggins
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The Cardinals stick and pick at 26 and get one of the top performers at the NFL combine. Wiggins has elite recovery speed and is a smooth mover when covering. His slender frame could be a concern for some teams but the Cardinals need dudes and Wiggins can help rebuild their secondary.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Laiatu Latu, ED, UCLA

Laiatu Latu
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The Bucs have went down the developmental pass rusher path before but now they get a much more finished product. Latu is a pass rush technician that gets to quarterback in any way he can. Medicals are why he is available at this point.

28. Seattle Seahawks - Jackson Powers-Johnson, IOL, Oregon

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JPJ is a high-level athlete with a big frame and tons of strength. The Seahawks take him with his upside being higher across the interior than Zach Frazier who might be the best pure center. JPJ has lots of upside as a center but could move to guard too.

29. Philadelphia Eagles - Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

Ladd McConkey
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After a slight trade back, the Eagles go against everyone mocking them corners and decide to go in a different direction for Jalen Hurts. McConkey running out of the slot with AJ Brown and Devonta Smith is a nightmare for a defense. Don't forget about Saquon Barkley and Dallas Goedert too. McConkey is an elite route runner and can win outside or in the slot. Finally, a Georgia Bulldog on the Eagles.

30. Baltimore Ravens - Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Adonai Mitchell
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The Ravens continue to invest in weapons for Lamar Jackson by getting a true outside threat. Mitchell compliments Zay Flowers and Mark Andrews well and he can bring a contested catch element to the offense they don't have at the moment.

31. San Francisco 49'ers - Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

Tyler Guyton
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The Niners get a physical freak to help raise up the right side of their offensive line. Guyton is a project but betting on his traits, the team's skill at developing offensive line play, and possible mentorship from Trent Williams is a good one.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Kool-Aid McKinstry
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The Chiefs have some options here. Kingsley Suamataia is still on the board and is a frequent mock for the Chiefs. However, the best player is McKinstry, a long-framed experienced corner at the top level of college football. He can play press, off-man, and zone coverage on the outside. A prospect to replace L'Jarius Sneed on the right side.