Chiefs 7-Round NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Fixing the Wide Receiver Problem

Keon Coleman scored 11 TDs at Florida State in 2023
Keon Coleman scored 11 TDs at Florida State in 2023 / Morgan Tencza-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Jaylan Ford - LB, Texas (Pick 131)

Willie Gay Jr. is no longer on the roster and Nick Bolton is due for a contract extension after this year, so it makes sense to shore up the linebacking depth, as Jaylan Ford is one of the most productive defenders in the class at his position.

As a starter at Texas over the last two years, Ford had 230 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, and three sacks. He's excellent in pass coverage, making him a logical understudy for the newly-extended Drue Tranquill.

We know how much Steve Spagnuolo loves versatile defenders and Ford is one of the most versatile linebackers available.

Ford is a capable run defender and plays with an edge that'll pair nicely with the Chiefs' linebackers. He doesn't have high-level speed, but he's quick and rangy enough with good instincts to translate serviceably to the next level.

For a fourth-round pick, it's easy to imagine a path to impactful playing time for Ford. The Chiefs have had success drafting Texas linebackers in the past - why not get another one?