Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Projections at Regular Season's End
Because of their 2-14 season, the Chiefs, who own the first pick of the 2013 NFL draft, are on the clock.
The Chiefs have some talent that was noticed by fans, as five players were voted into the Pro Bowl. But the Chiefs also have some glaring needs that must be addressed this offseason.
Since the Chiefs have the first pick and a high draft pick in each round, the draft is a perfect opportunity for them to improve the team.
First Round: QB Geno Smith, West Virignia
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Geno Smith didn't look as good in the Pinstripe Bowl compared to the Orange Bowl the season before. But Smith played well in the loss against Syracuse and finished the year with 42 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The Chiefs desperately need a quarterback, and Smith can flourish in Kansas City. The Chiefs have some talented players who Smith can work with. If the Chiefs have a strong offseason by filling other needs and giving Smith more tools, his rookie season in Kansas City could be a good one.
And what rookie quarterback would not want to work with Jamaal Charles?
Second Round: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
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Jon Baldwin is far from the player the Chiefs thought he would be after he was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. The Chiefs can find a good receiver to play with Dwayne Bowe, if he returns.
The Chiefs should try to become a team that has a strong passing game to go along with their rushing attack. At that point, Kansas City would have a three-dimensional offense that defensive coordinators will have to carefully plan around.
Third Round: CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
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The Chiefs are unhappy with how things unfolded with former cornerback Stanford Routt. The Chiefs want to make up for that move by bringing in another cornerback high in the third round and try to establish him as their next version of Brandon Carr, which will be hard to find.
Jamar Taylor recorded four interceptions, including one in a tight Las Vegas bowl win against Washington. Taylor has been a big part of Boise State's success on defense and can carry that over to the NFL.
Fourth Round: QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
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The Chiefs should take a page from the Washington Redskins and aim for two quarterbacks in the draft. It turned out well for them since both rookie quarterbacks started and won at some point.
Mike Glennon and the North Carolina State Wolfpack didn't have a great 2012 campaign. However, Glennon ended the season with 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He's had two 30-yard passing touchdown seasons and would be a great pickup in the fourth round.
Fifth Round: TE Joseph Fauria, UCLA
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Tony Moeaki had a good bounce-back season, but with Kevin Boss suffering an early season-ending injury, the Chiefs must seek another tight end to help go along with Moeaki.
As a late-round pick, Joseph Fauria may not play much, but he will get some looks and will have to deliver blocks for the running backs at times.
Sixth Round: C Graham Pocic, Illinois
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When Rodney Hudson suffered a season-ending injury and was the only Chiefs center, Ryan Lilja had to step up and move away from the guard spot.
Depending on what happens with Lilja, he may stay at center, but be given a backup instead of working with Hudson again.
Seventh Round: T Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas
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Tanner Hawkinson was part of a strong rushing attack and played a big part in giving the Jayhawks a good game on the ground.
Hawkinson helped Kansas finish third in the Big 12 in rushing as the team leaned more toward rushing since the passing game was a struggle. Hawkinson would be a great fit to help Charles if he is called upon to block for him.