With the 2019 NFL Draft beginning one day from today, it’s time for the final Chiefs mock draft. After acquiring Frank Clark, Kansas City currently no longer holds a pick in the first round. What that trade shows, is how little people actually know what teams will do and how they will attack each selection. This means going with any position in any given round would not be surprising. Just like the other two mock drafts, I used a simulation tool to complete this version. Let’s get to it.
2nd Round- 61st Overall
Cornerback, Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
At this point late in the second round, I project the Chiefs to go with this cornerback since he is still on the board. Mullen improved mightily in 2018 and provides some superb physicality on the outside. There is some room to improve as a playmaker and on ball skills. But with his sound coverage, this would be a nice get for the Chiefs at 61.
2nd Round- 63rd Overall
Wide Receiver, Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
Rumors have had Parris Campbell projected as the greater of the two Ohio State receivers in this year’s draft class. But, I think McLaurin is a more complete and developed receiver at this point. He provides versatility across the field. McLaurin’s routes are the best part of his game, and greatest of all, that trait may be where he is the most pro ready. McLaurin has the ability to become a top two receiver on an NFL team’s depth chart.
3rd Round- 84th Overall
Tight End, Dawson Knox, Ole Miss
With the pick acquired from Seattle in the Clark trade, Kansas City elects to go tight end in this projection. Knox has a lot to like about him like hands and ball skills. But, he has less than favorable production compared to other tight ends in this class. This value is more based on the well rounded attributes Knox provides, as well as the success he has shown.
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5th Round- 167th Overall
Linebacker, Tre Watson, Maryland
With this pick here, Kansas City adds a depth piece at linebacker who shows the ability to play zone coverage over the middle of the field. Watson may take time to develop between the tackles. But the things to like about him from what he’s shown is a tenacity and physicality in space. Watson would be a nice rotational piece for passing downs.
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6th Round- 201st Overall
Defensive Lineman, Isaiah Buggs, Alabama
Buggs is another guy who would likely begin as just a rotational player. His run defense is the thing to love. Against blockers, Buggs is also a sneaky pass rusher. Having the ability to set the edge and dictate rush lanes is very important in this player’s game. The way he wins is by power and hand counters, and Buggs can also provide versatility due to his usage at Alabama.
6th Round- 214th Overall
Running Back, Alexander Mattison, Boise State
Mattison is a fun threat out of the backfield. He has a very sound skillset as a runner when looking at his vision, power and receiving ability. The speed is just not there for Mattison to be a home run threat, but his game is strictly designed to be a bruising style of runner. I surely think Mattison has the ability of becoming a starting running back one day.
7th Round- 216th Overall
EDGE, Wyatt Ray, Boston College
Ray is a raw pass rusher who likely fits in well as a 4-3 defensive end. Despite him still learning the art of pass rushing, Ray did generate 11.5 tackles for loss and 9 sacks at Boston College in 2018. He is not really a bender off the edge, yet Ray provides sneaky athleticism as a player who utilizes his burst and leverage in space.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.
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