With the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2019 season coming to a close, that means it’s time to shift our attention to the NFL Draft. It’s officially mock draft season!
Those of you who have been reading my stuff for awhile now know that I do several mock drafts every year around this time. I start as soon as the Kansas City Chiefs‘ season ends (which came much later this year – Normally I have at least two mock drafts in the book by this point) and continue posting one bi-weekly until the actual draft takes place.
How it works is I use FanSpeak’s On the Clock mock draft simulator (or The Draft Network’s mock draft) and simply draft as if I’m Brett Veach. Each one of my mock drafts has a different theme to it, though the first is always unique because it’s the first one so I just title it as such. Because it’s two months prior to the draft, we truly have no idea what teams are thinking, so it’s my way too early mock draft.
FanSpeak doesn’t have the option to trade picks, so each of these will be as if the Chiefs stay put for every pick. Also – Sometimes these mocks seem a little unrealistic with where players are taken and who is still available later on, but that’s all dependent on which big board you use for your mock.
I’ll also be providing a section on what the draft experts are saying. Because it’s still so early on in the offseason, the only insightful draft profiles out there at the moment are courtesy of The Draft Network, but as the offseason progresses, other sites will be mixed in more.
As you’re all aware, the Chiefs hold the final pick in the first round and have four other selections in the 2020 NFL Draft, giving them five total for this mock draft.
Anyway, with the explanations out of the way, let’s get to my first mock draft of 2020! Woohoo!
ROUND 1: PICK 32 (32ND OVERALL)
Cornerback, Crimson Tide
I couldn’t believe it when Trevon Diggs was still on the board with the final pick of the first round, but there he was and the Chiefs didn’t even hesitate before scooping him up at pick 32.
Diggs – who has been linked to the Chiefs throughout the season – would be a wonderful addition to this secondary, who is going to lose a lot of key playmakers. Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller are both hitting free agency and it’s doubtful the Chiefs are able to bring back either one.
While there are still some good corners on the team like Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton, the Chiefs HAVE to add one via the draft and Diggs is one of the more talented ones there is. He’d instantly come in and be able to start in the secondary and would hopefully pick right up where the corners left off in Super Bowl LIV.
WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
In the NFL he is a starting corner from day 1 on most teams. On 3rd downs, he has aligned inside and outside and displays excellent positional flexibility in this regard. He will be excellent on special teams as a vice/gunner and also as a kick and punt returner.
-Drae Harris, The Draft Network