The Kansas City Chiefs have several positions that need improvement through the 2014 NFL Draft. The problem is that the Chiefs only have six picks to fill those holes. Kansas City holds the 23rd overall pick and then does not select again until the third round, which will make it difficult to grab some great prospects.
While the Chiefs more than likely will use their first round pick on a wide receiver, going after a solid linebacker to play along side Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all. The best linebacker in the 2014 NFL Draft is Khalil Mack out of Buffalo.
Khalil Mack Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.65 seconds*
Bench press – 23 reps
Vertical jump – 40.0 inch*
Broad jump – 128.0 inch*
3-cone drill – 7.08 seconds
20-yard shuttle – 4.18 seconds*
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Mack has the tangibles to be a stud in the NFL. He played at Buffalo for four years and put up impressive stats. He ended his college career totaling 327 tackles, 28.5 sacks, four interceptions (two pick sixes), and 16 forced fumbles (Source: Sports Reference). He is going to be a great player in the big leagues. Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com agrees, saying this about Mack’s strengths,
“Developed pass-rush moves (rip, dip and inside counter). Very explosive. Excellent pursuit — tracks down ball carriers from behind. Sacrifices his body and sells out around piles. Strikes with authority — hits on the rise, violently jars ball carriers backward on impact and has a knack for dislodging the ball. Highly motivated. Played big vs. better competition (see Ohio State).”
I’ll be honest here. There is pretty much zero chance that Khalil Mack gets drafted by the Chiefs. He is projected to go as early as the first overall pick to the Houston Texans by some mock analysts. Dane Brugler of NFL Draft Scout, however, thinks that the Jacksonville Jaguars will land Mack with the third overall pick.
The only way Mack will end up in Kansas City is if the Chiefs decide to trade up and grab him, which I don’t see happening. He’s going to be a great linebacker in the NFL, but the Chiefs have some skilled linebackers on their roster already.