The clock continues to tick, as the 2021 NFL Draft is fast approaching. Teams will officially make their first round selections exactly one month from today. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs and many other teams have made free agency moves in the previous couple of weeks. As a result, our plan of attack with how we wanted to fix the holes on Kansas City’s roster changed slightly from our first mock draft. That came out a couple of weeks ago, which you can read here.
With this particular exercise, I did use a mock draft machine over at The Draft Network. I was certainly open to making any trades, if possible. Yet, no satisfying offers really struck me as a must to complete. We have our eight straightforward selections once again. Now without further ado, let’s kick it off and see what our second draft haul looks like from this mock.
- 2021 Chiefs Draft Prospect: Spencer Brown
- 2021 Chiefs Draft Prospect: Janarius Robinson
- 2021 Chiefs Draft Prospect: Ben Cleveland
- 2021 Chiefs Draft Prospect: Nico Collins
- 2021 Chiefs Draft Prospect: Aaron Robinson
1st Round- 31st Overall
Jalen Mayfield, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
Funny how timing works. We just released our draft prospect profile on Jalen Mayfield yesterday. And in this mock, he was still on the board at 31 overall. Easily the best offensive tackle prospect remaining, he not only fills a major need for the Chiefs, but Mayfield was arguably the top player available. This blocker from Michigan certainly brings NFL size and length to the offensive front. Even more exciting, is his athleticism and football IQ. Andy Reid has always prioritized athletic, versatile offensive linemen, especially at offensive tackle. I believe Mayfield can thrive for a long time at either tackle spot. And even though he has primarily played on the right side, he could stick at left, given where Kansas City’s roster currently stands right now.
2nd Round- 63rd Overall
Janarius Robinson, Defensive End, Florida State
Florida State’s program has gone through a dry spell the last few seasons. But, that is not due to any fault on the players. You watch the tape on guys from that school the last couple of seasons, and there is plenty of potential there. The coaching staff of the Seminoles simply did not allow them to reach that, however. Janarius Robinson touts exciting physical gifts, to go along with explosiveness at defensive end. He brings lengthy arms, with powerful hands to boot. Meanwhile, Robinson brings ideal size at the defensive end position and moves smoothly with that sturdy frame.
He has the ability to be a fast bender around the edge as a pass rusher. And so far, Robinson’s run defense could be what allows him to see the field the most early on. In Kansas City, the Chiefs have a clear hole at EDGE2. His versatility and flashes in the run and pass game could fit the bill for what the team is looking for, despite most of his best football still lying ahead of him.
3rd Round- 94th Overall
Dazz Newsome, Wide Receiver, North Carolina
Bringing back Demarcus Robinson over the weekend was nice. Though, the Chiefs still need a WR2 to replace what they lost in Sammy Watkins, who signed with Baltimore. Enter North Carolina’s Dazz Newsome. He was surrounded by plenty of other worthy skill players in the Tar Heels offense. Nonetheless, Newsome still created solid and sustainable production. 126 receptions, 16 receiving touchdowns and 1,702 receiving yards. That is the numbers that he produced across the last two seasons. In a good wide receiver class, this is a very good player that falls into the Chiefs laps here at the end of round three. Newsome is a smooth route runner, can separate from defenders in a multitude of ways and mixes terrific ball skills with tremendous speed. Even though he has mainly played from the slot, Newsome could win at all three levels of the field with Kansas City.
4th Round- 136th Overall
Robert Rochell, Cornerback, Central Arkansas
Robert Rochell has the size (6’0”, 195 pounds) and length (79” wingspan and 32 3/8” arm length) that the Chiefs have coveted at cornerback under Steve Spagnuolo. The most exciting part of his game given his body makeup, is the natural athleticism and instincts. He is a fluid mover both in short areas, or using his long speed. Elsewhere, Rochell has shown to be more comfortable in man coverage reps. Knowing how Kansas City likes to deploy man coverage often, he can do well as either a press man corner or in off-man. The physical side of Rochell shows up more in press man coverage. Learning how to control that physicality will be a work in progress. But, the flashes and ball production are certainly there with the Central Arkansas product.
4th Round- 144th Overall
Jaylon Moore, Offensive Tackle, Western Michigan
Jaylon Moore may not be a household name in this deep offensive tackle class. He is a blocker who I could see NFL teams liking more, because of his traits and experience. Moore has appeared in 37 total career games at Western Michigan, with 32 starts. The greatest trait that I saw when watching him, was his movement skills. He brings great change of direction skills and fluidity up front. He has proven to be just as comfortable with pass blocking as he has run blocking. In run block reps, he fires out of his stance with explosion and aggressiveness. Moore also has a wide variety of answers to counter what pass rushers are bringing to the table. Very rarely, does he appear to get surprised with stunts or twists.
5th Round- 175th Overall
Seth Williams, Wide Receiver, Auburn
Adding Newsome earlier was obviously exciting. Though with Seth Williams, the Chiefs would be adding a true X-receiver to the offense. They have needed a bigger bodied, possession type of receiver for a few years now. Due to his natural, soft hands and catch comfort, he was a reliable target on the outside for the Auburn Tigers. Teams also look for confidence and competitiveness from their rookie draft picks. There is no shortage of that in Williams’ game. He has well developed functional strength, and there is no hesitation in trying to outmuscle defensive backs if he needs to. Williams makes life difficult on opponents in contested catch situations. His dense frame and large catch radius allow the offense to test the defense in all three levels of the field. This is somewhat of a steal here in Round Five.
5th Round- 181st Overall
Damar Hamlin, Safety, Pittsburgh
Another player here with plenty of experience from his college football career. It feels like Damar Hamlin was a part of the Pitt Panthers defense for almost a decade. Listed as a safety, he is more of a do it all defensive back. Hamlin has lined up at deep safety, in the slot or as a box defender. The ball skills are exciting and his production has been fairly consistent. Yet, it is Hamlin’s processing and awareness on the backend that makes him a fit with the Kansas City Chiefs. He is rarely not in position to make a play or near the football. This could be a developmental player that adds more depth to a secondary that continues to fly under the radar as a whole.
6th Round- 207th Overall
Kendrick Green, Interior Offensive Lineman, Illinois
Finding your starting center this late is not always ideal. And it is likely, the Chiefs opt to go with someone else at that spot to start 2021. Kendrick Green is a day three center prospect who I would be comfortable taking a chance on, however. He has lateral quickness and functional athleticism that teams can work with and progress further. The biggest areas of improvement in Green’s game include, understanding angles and leverage points, hand technique and quicker reactions to oncoming defenders. If he can build upon his mobility and add a bit more strength to his lower half, Green could be a decent flier near the end of the draft.
Be on the lookout for more FPC Chiefs articles throughout the rest of the week. We will also have two more mock draft pieces before the real selections take place in April. We will drop them 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.