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Today marks exactly one month until the start of the 2022 NFL Draft. We have plenty of FPC Chiefs draft prospect profiles to still get to over the next four weeks. So, be on the lookout for those. We released our first FPC Chiefs mock draft two weeks ago, which you can read here. We will continue to release a new FPC Chiefs mock draft on Monday’s every two weeks over the next month.
Things look a lot different since we last performed a mock draft for Kansas City. After the Tyreek Hill trade, the Chiefs are currently slated to have the most draft selections next April, with 12 picks total. Eight of the 12 picks are scheduled to be in the first four rounds, with two picks scheduled in each of those first four rounds.
After free agency and other moves, the Chiefs still have some top needs to fill. Though, the priority of addressing certain spots has changed, compared to other positions right now. This exercise was completed by using the mock draft machine on The Draft Network. I was open to trades for this mock draft, unlike the previous FPC Chiefs mock draft. Let’s kick it off.
1st Round, 29th Overall
Boye Mafe- Defensive End, Minnesota
With where it appears that some of the top EDGE rushers are projected to land, Minnesota’s Boye Mafe may be one of the Chiefs most realistic options in landing a top pass rusher in round one. I thought I may have to trade up to get him or even another top EDGE defender. However, the board fell just right to land Mafe.
He would fit the more athletic trend that Kansas City is clinging to this offseason with their recent additions. He can win as a pass rusher with speed, power and finesse. Meanwhile, Mafe has plenty of length and heavy hands at the point of attack. There is plenty of nuance to his pass rush plan, as he understands how to win with different tracks and attacks when chasing the quarterback.
1st Round, 30th Overall
Perrion Winfrey- Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma
I opted to pass on a wide receiver here. Once again, addressing the defensive line was a top focus. The Chiefs need more production from their defensive tackles moving forward. And, instilling a fresh mindset could be just what Kansas City needs alongside Chris Jones.
Perrion Winfrey is still a bit raw entering the NFL. Nonetheless, he provides explosiveness in his get-off at the snap. Winfrey could ideally play both 3-tech and 5-tech in Steve Spagnuolo‘s aggressive blitz calls. Moreover, his ability to control gaps allows him plenty of opportunities when it comes to making stops against the run.
2nd Round, 50th Overall
George Pickens- Wide Receiver, Georgia
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If it was not for an injury riddled 2021 season, we could be talking about Georgia’s George Pickens as being a first-round lock. He is built with a dense frame for an outside wide receiver. Where he wins the most, is as a downfield target. Pickens eats up cushion from the defensive back suddenly. He does a good job of stacking opponents vertically and getting on top of them in an instant. Other items like contested catch ability, success in traffic, route running, and long speed make Pickens an extremely tantalizing prospect, given the Chiefs current makeup at wide receiver.
2nd Round, 62nd Overall
Chad Muma- Linebacker, Wyoming
This is a bit earlier than I normally would have taken a linebacker in this year’s draft. With the Chiefs spending second-round picks on linebackers in each of the last two drafts, Kansas City would not totally shock anyone with a linebacker selection here.
Chad Muma has sneaky good quickness and lateral mobility. This allows him to be a threat against both the pass and the run. Where he makes his most money, is being able to cover in space, like in the flats or with carrying routes down the field. That could help him play more in sub packages early on. With Kansas City, he could man one of the outside linebacker spots in the base 4-3 defense.
3rd Round, 94th Overall
Cam Taylor-Britt- Cornerback, Nebraska
We selected Cam Taylor-Britt with this exact same pick back in our first FPC Chiefs mock draft. It was hard to ignore him over all of the other less desirable cornerbacks on the board. Overall, his length and instincts are likely his two top traits entering the NFL level. There may be some added versatility, given the fact that he worked briefly at the safety spot at the Senior Bowl. Add in his potential ball production, and Taylor-Britt would be a nice building block alongside L’Jarius Sneed and Rashad Fenton.
3rd Round, 103rd Overall
Sam Williams- Defensive End, Ole Miss
At the end of the third round, the choice was made to double dip at EDGE rusher. Sam Williams is a firm tone setter against both the run and the pass. He took significant steps in improving his game during the 2021 season. Mainly, his ability to convert speed to power and explode off of the snap make him an appealing pass rusher. Williams may still need more refinement with his hand technique and block deconstruction. We at least saw him improve a little in that regard last season, however.
4th Round, 121st Overall
JT Woods- Safety, Baylor
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Once again, it sounds like the new theme for Kansas City is bringing in more athleticism this offseason, especially at premium positions. Safety may not be a premium position for most NFL teams. Yet, the Chiefs place a lot of reliability in their safeties under Spagnuolo. Baylor’s JT Woods has above average speed and range. This allows him to break up passes in the intermediate areas, in the slot and in the deeper portions of the field. His nose for the football and ability to track the football is something that is consistently evident within his game. Finally, Woods’ build could complement Justin Reid and Juan Thornhill tremendously on the backend of the defense.
5th Round, 159th Overall
Romeo Doubs- Wide Receiver, Nevada
Colts Receive: fourth-round pick (135 overall), seventh-round pick (252 overall)
Chiefs Receive: fifth-round pick (159 overall), sixth-round pick (217 overall)
I did not love any of the options on the board with pick 135 overall. Forcing a need was not of interest in that spot. In the end, Kansas City gets their second wide receiver of the draft, after moving back into round five. Romeo Doubs hit on plenty of explosive plays at Nevada. For a compactly built receiver, he displayed smooth agility and effortless long speed for the Wolf Pack. More refinement may be needed when it comes to his route running and ability to separate at the top of the route. Whereas during the early part of his career, Doubs may find more success with catches on quick passes that give him opportunities to create more yards after the catch.
6th Round, 217th Overall
Keaontay Ingram- Running Back, USC
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While not elite in any areas, USC’s Keaontay Ingram is a perfect stylistic fit for Andy Reid‘s outside zone rushing scheme. His vision and footwork are his biggest calling cards. Being able to be decisive and put his foot in the ground or being able to bounce it outside is something that Ingram is very comfortable in deciphering through. Moreover, Ingram is a nice change of pace running back, who also possesses potential on passing downs.
7th Round, 234th Overall
Thomas Booker- Defensive Tackle, Stanford
Continuing to stockpile the defensive line is likely a top goal for the Kansas City Chiefs in this draft. Thomas Booker may go much earlier than this. But in the end, this would be a nice get for the Chiefs late in the draft. He primarily wins with a combination of length and instincts. The separation that he can create for himself upfront makes him someone who can possibly control gaps at the NFL level.
7th Round, 244th Overall
Luke Tenuta- Offensive Tackle, Virginia Tech
Luke Tenuta appeared at both left tackle and right tackle while at Virginia Tech. Arguably, he appeared just as comfortable at either spot. He is likely someone who would be more of a depth/spot starter, essentially serving as a swing tackle early on during his NFL career. Tenuta’s top traits include balance, movement skills in space and hand technique.
7th Round, 260th Overall
James Mitchell- Tight End, Virginia Tech
Another seventh-round pick, another Virginia Tech offensive selection. A tight end with a basketball background, you can see the patience and body control that James Mitchell has at the catch point. He can work in-line or in the slot. Mitchell’s frame is denser than most tight ends that Kansas City has employed. However, his ability to create explosive plays and be successful deep down the field is a nice touch for a developmental tight end.
Be on the lookout for more FPC Chiefs draft analysis throughout this week. 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.
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