KC Chiefs add local linebacker in first round of 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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KC Chiefs add local linebacker in first round of 2021 NFL Mock Draft
Boston College Eagles tight end Hunter Long (80) – Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

KC Chiefs Mock Draft 1.0

Round 3: Pick 94 – Hunter Long, TE (Boston College)

Eagles . Hunter Long. 94. player. 826. . Tight End

An under-discussed storyline from the 2020 season should be that the Chiefs need help at the tight end position and desperately. Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the league, this much is true, but he has absolutely no help behind him on the depth chart.

His backups this year were Nick Keizer, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Deon Yelder and they totaled just 99 receiving yards in the regular season. That’s it. It’s time for a legitimate backup tight end and not someone who can catch a random pass in Week 7 for 8 yards and then never be heard from again.

So, with that said, in the third round of my mock draft I had the Chiefs going with Hunter Long out of Boston College. Long spent three years with the Eagles and this past season hauled in 57 receptions for 685 yards and five touchdowns. The stats aren’t popping off the page, but those numbers for a backup tight end would be more than okay.

According to The Draft Network, Long led all tight ends in college football with targets (89) and he led that group by quite a bit, as the next-highest tight end had 67 targets. This is an impressive feat and shows how good Long is at getting open. Patrick Mahomes would love to have this guy to throw to.