The Kansas City Chiefs enter next weeks draft with the 23rd overall pick and the general consensus is that they should go receiver in the first round. Even Todd McShay and Mel Kiper of ESPN believe the Chiefs will go receiver in their latest mock draft. Here’s what each of them had to say,
McShay- Analysis: The Chiefs could look to trade back here to get back the second-rounder they used to acquire Alex Smith last year. But if they stay here, a wide receiver makes sense given that it is one of the biggest needs on the roster. Lee doesn’t have the timed speed of some of the other receivers in this class, and he had some issues with drops in 2013, but he has excellent fluidity as a route-runner and is faster on the field than his 40 time would indicate.
Kiper- Analysis: Given their needs and the depth in this draft, I could see the Chiefs moving down if they can add a pick or two. They don’t have one in Round 2 thanks to (the success of) the Alex Smith trade. However, if they stay put, they could use a receiver who can help immediately — K.C. really is a “win-now” team on the personnel side despite a huge leap in 2013 — and Lee comes in as a possible steal, given his uneven junior season after he’d firmly established his value for evaluators.
While I don’t disagree with the pick entirely- Lee is an exceptional talent and could help the Chiefs tremendously- I still believe Kansas City should go defense with their first pick. You can never have enough good players on the defensive side of the ball and if a guy like Calvin Pryor falls to them, they cannot pass him up.
This draft is loaded with talent at wide receiver and if the Chiefs are patient, there’s a good chance they can find a difference maker at that position in the third round.
I’ve compiled a list- in no particular order- of receivers that are projected to fall that far and could be potential picks for the Chiefs. To begin, simply click “next” or use the arrow keys on your keyboard.