3-round Chiefs mock draft adds a 'Mutant' in the trenches

For this exercise, we will be simulating the Chiefs' first three draft picks using PFF's mock draft simulator
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Round 2 (pick 63): Troy Franklin, Wide Receiver, Oregon

How he fits: Here, we fill the much-discussed need for a pass catcher for the Chiefs. When you look at Andy Reid's track record even dating back to his days with the Philadelphia Eagles, taking a player in the trenches on day 1 and a skill player on day 2 is a likely outcome for them. The good news is Troy Franklin is part of a loaded receiver class; he could easily be a first-round pick in previous years.

Franklin checks the most important box for a Chiefs' pass catcher: "speed". Like most of the Chiefs' recent pass catchers, there's going to be some inside/outside versatility with Franklin. He's not a true "X" who can play on the outside down after down, but he can function there occasionally.

Franklin is more than just speed, though. He has nice contact balance that makes it difficult to press him off the line. His speed and route running make him a man-beater—something the Chiefs' offense has really missed this year. Since 6'3" might be generous for his height, the NFL Combine will be interesting to watch for his size.

Franklin also has potential as a punt returner, another area in which the Chiefs have struggled to find good help.

Shades of: Jameson Williams