With the NFL Scouting Combine gone, we are just around seven weeks to go until the NFL Draft. That means it is time to conduct our first full seven-round Kansas City Chiefs mock draft. We know that the Chiefs will have already gone through the free agency period by the time the draft rolls around. But, right now we do not know who they may sign. So, we are mocking for the Chiefs as best we can right now in early March. I must also preface that I used a simulation tool, so I did have to go with who was still on the board at a given selection. Let’s get to it!
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1st Round – 29th Overall
Safety, Nasir Adderley, Delaware
Based off of who was still on the board, Nasir Adderley was my safest bet at 29. Guys like Byron Murphy, DeAndre Baker and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson were gone. Adding Adderley to the Chiefs secondary would provide an instant boost to the defense. His balls skills, coverage and versatility make him a high impact guy with plenty of potential. Adderley’s all-around game is something the Chiefs have not consistently had at the safety position lately with Eric Berry’s health and lack of depth without him. The thing that Adderley brings most to the table is his excitement and energy. You can read his prospect profile here.
2nd Round – 61st Overall
Cornerback, Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
Second pick, second addition to the secondary. What I think the Chiefs will love about Joejuan Williams is his length and size. Even though he’s 6’2’’, Williams is actually very smooth in coverage. His ability to be a force when playing press coverage is also a plus for Kansas City. There is upside with Williams due to his physicality and tenaciousness when playing the ball. Overall, his game could be a nice complement to the style of Kendall Fuller on the other end.
2nd Round – 63rd Overall
EDGE, Christian Miller, Alabama
Christian Miller’s name is quickly starting to gain steam as a day two pick. As an edge rusher, his bend and flexibility when turning the corner are better than anticipated. He’s very athletic for an edge rusher as well. His run defense is not bad, but it’s evident that Miller has a better knack for being a pass rusher. With Justin Houston likely on the way out the door, and a question about the depth at pass rusher, Miller would help to try and continue the big time sack numbers for the Chiefs from last season.
3rd Round – 92nd Overall
Running Back, Darrell Henderson, Memphis
Defense is the obvious need, but I could see the Chiefs taking a running back on day two. Kareem Hunt is gone. Will Spencer Ware be signed away in free agency? The Chiefs have said that the starting job is Damien Williams to lose. But with Darrell Henderson, the Chiefs could use a three-way committee with him, Damien and Darrel Williams in different situations. Henderson’s speed makes a home run threat every time he touches the rock. This is backed up by the fact he has so much production, yet a light amount of touches from his time at Memphis.
The Chiefs have such a rich history at running back with Christian Okoye, Priest Holmes and Jamaal Charles to name a few. Henderson may not receiver a similar workload early, like those players, but he presents a high ceiling and a chance to be one of the top backs in this class.
5th Round – 167th
Defensive Lineman, Michael Dogbe, Temple
Michael Dogbe would be a fun addition to the Chiefs defensive line. With a change to four down linemen, Dogbe would fit in nicely with the likes of Chris Jones and the combination of Derrick Nnadi and Xavier Williams. He provides versatility, as Temple played Dogbe at different positions as well. There is also a passion and toughness displayed in Dogbe’s game. At Temple, the coaches award single-digit jersey numbers who display this toughness, as well as character and leadership. Dogbe was one of these players to be awarded that honor.
6th Round – 201st Overall
Wide Receiver, Tyre Brady, Marshall
For a second offensive selection, it was a toss-up between going with a wide receiver or interior offensive lineman. Both spots could need reinforcements going into 2019 for the Chiefs, depending on how free agency plays out. For Tyre Brady, his athleticism allows for him to get downfield and be a deep threat. Brady best projects as a complementary receiver at the next level.
6th Round – 214th Overall
Linebacker, Khalil Hodge, Buffalo
Khalil Hodge is a bit of a sleeper in what is a below average linebacker draft class. His traits make him a well-suited player to be a guy who can grow as his career continues. Right now, he’s polished and Hodge racked up a ton of tackles in his career at Buffalo. His pass coverage is also an underrated part of his game. Hodge may not have the speed of guys like Devin White and Devin Bush Jr in this class, but he generally is a very game linebacker and does all the little things well.
7th Round – 216th Overall
Cornerback, Jimmy Moreland, James Madison
To end it, I decided to double dip at cornerback. Jimmy Moreland had a good enough showing at the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. I think he does a good job of tracking the ball as a cornerback. At times, you wonder if Moreland is actually the receiver who is supposed to be catching passes. This is because he makes it look simple and smooth. Moreland looks to play with a feisty style that allows him to hang with receivers throughout the duration of games. A nice addition to the defensive back room with a seven round pick.
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