Kansas City Chiefs address major needs in USA Today mock draft

The Kansas City Chiefs have already addressed some needs this offseason, but there are still holes needing to be filled in the 2020 NFL Draft.

In Luke Easterling’s mock draft posted on USA Today/Draft Wire, the Kansas City Chiefs made it a point to fill those holes with their first three draft picks and it’d be hard to be too upset if their actual draft went a little something like this.

With their first round pick, Easterling had the Chiefs selecting edge rusher A.J. Epenesa out of Iowa, who would be a steal if he fell all the way to the final pick in the first round. Epenesa totaled 22 sacks in his final two seasons at Iowa and would be a wonderful addition to the Chiefs defensive line.

Another team that probably wouldn’t mind trading back, the Chiefs can also just wait for the value to fall to them. That lines up with their biggest needs in this situation, as a versatile defensive linemen like Epenesa would be a huge boost to a front that needs to reload with some youth.

Easterling notes that it wouldn’t be shocking if Kansas City opted to trade back, but if they did indeed stay put and Epenesa fell to them, they’d likely snatch him up in a heartbeat. He’d make an improved Chiefs defensive front that much better.

The Chiefs took Florida State running back Cam Akers with their second round pick. Akers rushed for over 1,000 yards twice in his three year career with the Seminoles with his best season coming in 2019, as he totaled 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns while totaling 225 yards through the air with another four touchdowns on his resumé.

Akers is the kind of running back Andy Reid loves mainly because of his ability to catch passes out of the backfield. Fans might not be crazy about the team drafting a running back this high, but it is definitely a position of need and something they should look to address in the draft.

With their third round pick, the Chiefs dipped back into the Iowa pool and selected cornerback Michael Ojemudia who spent five years with the Hawkeyes. He had six interceptions over the past two seasons and would provide a nice depth piece at cornerback in the Chiefs secondary.

Edge rusher/defensive line, running back, and cornerback are three of the Kansas City Chiefs’ biggest needs this offseason after they answered questions at wide receiver and tight end. If the Chiefs’ 2020 NFL Draft really went down how Easterling outlined it here, fans would likely be pretty excited.

What do you think of these picks, Chiefs fans?

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