Mock drafts serve up 3 dynamic playmakers for the Chiefs in the first round

A survey of the latest mock drafts are out following the 2024 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

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Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State (Sporting News)

If the Chiefs wanted to round out the receiving corps with a first-round investment that would allow Rashee Rice to continue to operate primarily in the slot and give them the big strong physical X, then Keon Coleman is the target.

Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News has the Chiefs going with Coleman in the first round. He writes, "Coleman has the smooth route-running to appeal to Patrick Mahomes, and his size provides needed upside as an outside, big-play threat."

The Chiefs have been missing this major element on offense since JuJu Smith-Schuster left for the New England Patriots after playing a single season for the Chiefs. Coleman's size at 6'4", 215 lbs. gives the Chiefs a nice big target who can make the contested catch. His presence would also be a plus in the red zone where the Chiefs have had some very serious issues in recent seasons.

Coleman's detractors might like someone with better speed at the next level to help stretch the field, but the Chiefs don't have to be done shopping with Coleman's selection. His body of work also doesn't feature the sort of statistical production you'd expect from a first-round wide receiver, but Coleman's decision to transfer from Michigan State to Florida State was partially responsible there.

The truth is that Coleman does a lot of things well that the Chiefs currently do not have. That includes someone with his size, as K.C. only has two other wideouts taller than Rashee Rice at 6'1"—and that's Justin Watson and Justyn Ross. Coleman would immediately be the only high-floor, high-ceiling wideout with size.

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