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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7. AJ Barner - TE, Michigan (Pick 227)

AJ Barner was primarily used as a run-blocker for Michigan's loaded offense, but he's shown pass-catching ability as well and has the athleticism to turn into a weapon down the line.

He caught eight passes for 99 yards and a TD against Michigan State, so he's certainly capable of being more than just a blocker. Even still, he's a darn good blocker and Kansas City needs a long-term replacement for pending free agent Blake Bell. Despite signing Irv Smith Jr. already this offseason, Barner is a developmental prospect worth taking a flier on.

The Chiefs love to have multiple tight ends on the field in the red zone. Barner's prowess as a run blocker could help disguise plays, and he gets free here with a play similar to the ones Andy Reid likes to call.

He'd likely wind up on the practice squad in 2024, but could see the field in 2025 and beyond if he develops properly.

Barner gave up just two QB pressures and no sacks as a senior. Even if he never develops into a dependable pass catcher, he can still make an impact as a blocker. For a seventh-round pick, that's just fine.

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