The 2014 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching and with that, so are the mock drafts. Last year it seemed rather obvious that the Kansas City Chiefs would select Eric Fisher with the first overall pick, but this year the Chiefs aren’t on the clock until pick 23.
With so many mock drafts floating around, it’s hard to follow what the analysts are saying. This year’s draft is also interesting in that there doesn’t seem to be a clear cut number one overall pick. There have been rumors that the Houston Texans could select Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack, or even trade their first overall pick.
While the Kansas City Chiefs likely won’t land any of those guys just mentioned, they have been linked with several other big prospects.
Sports Illustrated has a draft tracker on their website that is updated once a week. Their latest pick for the Chiefs is wide receiver Marqise Lee of USC. Lee has been one of many receivers linked to Kansas City in the first round. Here is what Sports Illustrated had to say about Lee possibly becoming a Chief:
“A somewhat forgotten man at receiver, Lee might be quick to remind everyone that he had 118 catches just two seasons ago. The Chiefs would love to add another playmaker on offense, especially one like Lee who can stand out as a reliable, comfortable option for Alex Smith in the passing game.”
Other receivers previously thought to head to Kansas City were Brandin Cooks of Oregon State and Cody Latimer of Indiana (the latter by draft analyst Todd McShay in his most recent mock draft, which you must be an Insider member to read all of it).
It wouldn’t be shocking for the Chiefs to grab a wide receiver in the first round. This is said to be one of the most talented group of wide receivers coming out of college in years. Why not take advantage of that and draft one of the better ones?
Dane Brugler of NFL Draft Scout updated his mock draft on April 21st and has the Chiefs selecting a defensive player, Calvin Pryor of Louisville. Pryor is a free safety and would do great in Kansas City. Our very own John Viril covered Pryor in a scouting report, which you can read here. Here’s what Brugler said about the Chiefs possibly drafting Pryor:
“The Chiefs starting safety opposite Eric Berry is a bit of a question mark right now and drafting Pryor could give Kansas City a long-term option at the position.”
In a bit of a more surprising draft choice, Joel Klatt of Fox Sports predicts that the Kansas City Chiefs will select C.J. Mosley, a linebacker out of Alabama. I recently covered Mosley in a scouting report, which you can read here.
“The Chiefs don’t need a linebacker, but seeing Mosley on the board this late will be too enticing. Finding defenders who can play in space and take away the short throws over the middle is a must when facing the Broncos twice a season. Mosley adds tremendous depth to an already stout LB corps.” – Joel Klatt of Fox Sports
It’s an interesting thought. The Chiefs don’t need a linebacker, but could you imagine C.J. Mosley playing with the likes of Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, and Derrick Johnson? Opposing offenses would be terrified.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that Klatt has Lee and Pryor off the board by the time Kansas City’s pick rolls around.