NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Chiefs eyeing a new weapon for Patrick Mahomes

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It's hard to be too critical with a team that is coming off back-to-back Super Bowl wins. For the second straight year, the Kansas City Chiefs own the final pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. But that doesn't mean their roster in 2024 is void of holes.

Patrick Mahomes has a tendency to cover up weaknesses on the roster, but there's still work to be done. Many fans aren't satisfied by the play of the offensive tackles, but finding another weapon in the passing game for Mahomes feels like priority number one.

The addition of Marquise Brown helps, but he and Rashee Rice aren't enough to make up for the deficiencies in the receiving corps. Justin Watson has combined for over 1,000 snaps in the past two seasons and he needs to see a reduced role. Meanwhile, it's time to bite the bullet on the Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney experiments.

In the latest Chiefs mock draft roundup, draft experts seem to be united in pegging a play-making wide receiver to Kansas City in Round 1. One name in particular continues to be mocked to the Chiefs with the 32nd overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Chiefs mock draft roundup: Ladd McConkey is the popular pick at 32

Lance Zierlein, Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

Because of the Chiefs' need at wide receiver and the way that the board could break, Ladd McConkey is gaining steam as a potential first-round selection by the Kansas City Chiefs. McConkey has inside-out versatility and can be a weapon anywhere on the field. He combines precise route-running with impressive yards-after-the-catch ability.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

If the Chiefs are eyeing a bigger target in the passing game to pair with Rashee Rice long-term, Adonai Mitchell could be the name on their radar. Despite phenomenal testing numbers at the NFL Combine, Mitchell is slipping in recent mock drafts. Thanks to his impressive combination of size, traits, and body control, there's certainly no guarantee that he's available to Kansas City with the final pick of the first round.

Tony Pauline, Sportskeeda: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

Xavier Worthy is the new record-holder in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and his elite 4.21 speed shows up often on tape. The Texas product has been the most frequently mocked player to the Chiefs throughout the pre-draft process, according to NFL Mock Draft Database. The Chiefs won't be able to find another Tyreek Hill, and Worthy isn't great in traffic. However, Mahomes will be able to find him down the field often.

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports is another draft analyst who has Ladd McConkey slotted to the Chiefs in Round 1. If Kansas City isn't interested in trading up to nab their receiver, McConkey could be the best player on the board at this point.

Gordon McGuinness, Pro Football Focus: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus recently let the mock draft simulator decide the selection, according to fan-favorite picks. With Adonai Mitchell off the board, the simulator penciled in McConkey as the selection over Xavier Worthy.