We are a little over six weeks away from the 2021 NFL Draft. As a result, draft season is in full swing. We have been churning out draft prospect profiles, one after another, identifying possible fits for the Kansas City Chiefs. It is now time to dive into our first mock draft. As of right now, Kansas City is slated to make eight picks in this April’s draft. The team has done well to make moves in order to get under the salary cap. And even though the Chiefs will fortify the roster in free agency, the draft will allow them to develop home-grown talents.
With this particular exercise, I did use a mock draft machine over at The Draft Network. It was decided that no trades would be exercised in this mock draft. That may change in future drafts in the coming weeks. Now without further ado, let’s kick it off and see what our haul looks like.
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1st Round- 31st Overall
Teven Jenkins, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State
We all saw how Super Bowl LV played out. A Kansas City offensive line was stressed and stood on their last leg. And that leg was even weaker than what we totally envisioned it to be. Teven Jenkins is a bit of a riser in this class. It all starts with his instincts and football IQ. The Oklahoma State product uses an urgent plan of attack against opponents. Meanwhile, Jenkins has a sort of nasty attitude that Kansas City needs to add up front. His finishing power is extremely evident. Whether it be at right tackle or left tackle, the Chiefs would be adding a dominant player here, who still has most of his better football left in front of him.
2nd Round- 63rd Overall
Josh Myers, Interior Offensive Lineman, Ohio State
Not only were Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz just cut, but center Austin Reiter will not be returning to the Chiefs. The unrestricted free agent will be signing elsewhere in this off-season’s free agent cycle. Enter Josh Myers. A very technically sound center while at Ohio State, he appears to point out slides or protections well. Myers also enters the NFL having played in a similar offense already to what Kansas City runs. His run blocking in a zone rushing attack is his greatest attribute. But even in pass protection, Myers handles powerful and more stronger defensive tackles well. He mirrors and reacts with timely punches. Finally, Myers is a true plug and play center, despite little versatility to play elsewhere on the line.
3rd Round- 94th Overall
Ronnie Perkins, Defensive End, Oklahoma
Plays start in the trenches first. That is where games are won. And we continue to address those spots here with Kansas City. Ronnie Perkins is the exact type of pass rusher who I believe the Chiefs should be adding entering 2021. His speed and explosiveness flashes immensely on tape. He is not necessarily a true bender around the edge. Yet, Perkins has impressive fluidity and change of direction skills. He finishes well when pursuing from any angle and finds a second gear of acceleration often. Not only can he rush the passer, but Perkins has the read and react ability needed to defend the run. Steve Spagnuolo would certainly utilize an aggressive player like this.
4th Round- 136th Overall
Josh Imatorbhebhe, Wide Receiver, Illinois
A former four-star recruit and USC Trojan, Josh Imatorbhebhe transferred to Illinois in 2019. He does not have a ton of experience under his belt. The route running and being able to consistently create separation is a work in progress. Though, Imatorbhebhe is a true X-receiver. This is the kind of pass catcher the Chiefs need to add to the offense, given that Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson are likely to depart in free agency. His size and physical nature is fun to use and test opponents with. On the other hand, Imatorbhebhe has tremendous ball skills. This is due to his concentration when tracking the football and comfort in contested, jump ball situations. He is also plenty explosive, as his vertical and sneaky speed is not always common. Let Patrick Mahomes throw to him as a vertical threat down the field, and the Chiefs have another weapon to be mindful of in their deep arsenal.
4th Round- 144th Overall
Deonte Brown, Interior Offensive Lineman, Alabama
A wide, big-bodied guard prospect, Deonte Brown is a road grader up front. He simply overpowers opponents with his herculean strength. Possessing plenty of that in his upper body, he topples over defenders and buries them in the dirt. Do not sleep on his foot quickness and body control either. Brown is still needing more development in pass protection. However, the Alabama product is challenging for opposing rushers to move or get around. The biggest question with Brown currently, is his awareness and how he reacts with his hands. If he can remain within his parameters, this blocker could be a slight steal here at the end of round four.
5th Round- 175th Overall
Camryn Bynum, Cornerback, Cal
I would have liked to address cornerback a round or two earlier. The board just did not fall how I would have liked. But in the end, good things came to those who waited. And quite frankly, the Chiefs have not prioritized cornerback at as premium of a price, compared to other NFL teams. Camryn Bynum is one of the top corners who I would pound the table for on day three. He has the added size (6’0”, 198 pounds) that teams like Kansas City covet. At the same time, Bynum moves smoothly in short areas. He shows no panic when attacking receivers and the ball at the catch point. His timing when flipping his hips, or closing down on shorter routes is generally stellar. A likely outside only cornerback, this defender has plenty of experience (started all 42 games at Cal).
5th Round- 181st Overall
Miller Forristall, Tight End, Alabama
There have been the occasional times where others have pushed for the Chiefs to add a tight end. I personally do not feel quite the same way. The team’s depth must be as stout as possible though, no matter what position. And while Travis Kelce has been reliable, you never know if injuries could arise. If they draft one, I would be more comfortable waiting until day three like this. Miller Forristall presents natural hands and appears mostly unfazed in traffic. On top of that, he can become difficult for opponents to tackle. It is easy to appreciate how quickly and aggressively Forristall attempts to work up the field.
7th Round- 256th Overall
Mustafa Johnson, Defensive Lineman, Colorado
Aligning both at defensive end and 3-tech for the Colorado Buffaloes defense, Mustafa Johnson has above average athleticism. He uses this in an advantageous way. Johnson also presents two-way defender upside. Against the run, this defender has shown an ability to process and diagnose plays. Moreover, he can fill gaps and move sufficiently across the line of scrimmage. Johnson also has a creative, wide array of pass rush moves. His hand strength and power certainly stand out.
With a busy week ahead in free agency, stay locked in for more FPC Chiefs articles in the coming days. We will also have three more mock draft pieces before the real selections take place. Be on the lookout for those every two weeks. For more great sports and NFL content, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage.
– 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.