Chiefs Draft Rashee Rice Insurance in New Peter Schrager Mock

NFL.com's latest mock draft has the Chiefs taking Washington WR Ja'Lynn Polk
NFL.com's latest mock draft has the Chiefs taking Washington WR Ja'Lynn Polk / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs will soon be on the clock in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft and Peter Schrager's new mock at NFL.com will have fans thrilled.

Schrager, who is beloved by Chiefs Kingdom thanks to his unwavering support of Kansas City, has Kansas City picking star Washington WR Ja'Lynn Polk at pick No. 32. Not only would this give the roster a dynamic playmaker at a position of need, but it would also provide insurance for Rashee Rice should he miss any time due to his ongoing legal saga.

Betting markets suggest the Chiefs are planning to take a receiver in the first round anyway and Polk would be a slam-dunk pick.

Chiefs Draft News: KC Picks WR Ja'Lynn Polk in NFL Mock Draft

"Polk is a personal favorite -- and I keep hearing his name from football people I trust," Schrager writes.

"There's uncertainty in the Chiefs' wide receiver room, especially given Rashee Rice's legal issue. Texas Tech product Patrick Mahomes gets a former Red Raider who spent the past three seasons at Washington, making countless big plays throughout the 2023 Huskies' run to the national title game."

In his final year as a Huskie, Polk caught 69 passes for 1,159 yards (16.8 YPC) for nine TDs, routinely demonstrating big-play ability with seven games over 100 yards.

He's got exceptional hand strength and is a willing and physical pass blocker as well with a knack for finding space in in zone coverage. While Polk only ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, he changes speed effectively and had a passer rating of 121.6 when targeted in 2023.

Coincidentally, his athletic profile is similar to Rice's, who we saw breakout in his rookie campaign with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes.

Polk shows up in big games and plays with a tenacity that would quickly endear him to the coaching staff and fanbase alike. It'd be a bit of a surprise to see him go in the first round, but I'd be a huge fan of this pick if it comes to fruition.

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