Chiefs Mock Draft: Updated 7-Round Projections After East-West Shrine
College All-Star bowl games are in session and many college kids are making some strong impressions before walking into the NFL combine. The Chiefs, who finished with a 2-14 season, are open to finding any player who plays well in these games, hoping they could come to Kansas City and make an impact.
With Andy Reid as the new head coach and a new coaching staff intact, the Chiefs will have some different looks and will try to rebuild through the draft. With the Chiefs owning the No. 1 overall pick, they will select high in each round of the draft. This will help the Chiefs a lot when it comes to finding good quality players who may not have been drafted in the round they were projected to be taken.
Here is Kansas City's updated mock draft following the Shrine Game.
Round 1: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
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Many will argue that Geno Smith is not worth taking with the No. 1 overall pick. But no one said that about JaMarcus Russell in 2007, who was taken with the No. 1 pick by the Oakland Raiders.
While in his final season with West Virginia, Smith played well and led a high-powered Mountaineers offense.
Smith would not only be an immediate upgrade over Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, but he can help change the offense and take advantage of some talented players on the team. Especially Dwayne Bowe, if he stays.
Round 2: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
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The Chiefs are desperate for a cornerback to play alongside Brandon Flowers. They couldn’t retain Brandon Carr and the disastrous Stanford Routt experiment lasted half a season.
Jordan Poyer collected seven interceptions, including three against Washington State in 2012.
The Chiefs have seen good things from Jalil Brown, mostly on special teams, and Javier Arenas has yet to establish himself into a good cornerback. By adding Poyer, who played for a good Beavers defense, Kansas City will play better against the pass.
Round 3: Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
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Despite a slow start in the early part of the 2012 college football season, Kevin Reddick was able to shift his season toward the right direction and formed into a better linebacker. He finished with 85 tackles,18.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Reddick would be selected high in the third round, making this pickup a good one for the Chiefs. It also gives him a good opportunity to start early in the 2013 season beside Derrick Johnson.
Johnson hasn’t received much help from the inside and could use a player like Reddick to come in and help complete an already-strong group of linebackers in the 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
Round 4: Khaled Holmes, C, USC
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Rodney Hudson missed a majority of the season due to a leg injury. After starting the first three games during his second season in the league, Hudson was placed on injured reserve. This forced Ryan Lilja to shift from guard to center.
Lilja stepped up and played well as a center, but decided to retire after nine years in the league.
Assuming Hudson returns to his starting role, Khaled Holmes could start off as a backup to Hudson. If Hudson suffers another injury, Holmes could see plenty of action during his rookie season.
Round 5: Tanner Hawkinson, T, Kansas
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Tanner Hawkinson might be selected sooner than some may expect. Although he was only part of three wins with Kansas the past two seasons, he was one of the program's few bright spots.
Hawkinson was a big part in helping the Jayhawks have a successful running game in 2012. If taken by the Chiefs, Hawkinson would join a team that has a lot of similarities to the offense he played before.
He probably won't get many opportunities to do this during his rookie season, but Hawkinson has a chance to block for one of the best running backs in the league in Jamaal Charles, which would give him flashbacks of what he did for Kansas.
Hawkinson also had an impressive Shrine Game with his run-blocking skills, which should help improve his draft stock.
Round 6: Lonnie Pryor, FB, Florida State
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Lonnie Pryor had a typical season for a fullback this past year. His best game in the regular season came against South Florida, where he carried the ball seven times for 65 yards. But in the Orange Bowl against Northern Illinois, he lifted Florida State early after rushing for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns off five touches on the ground.
Pryor, the 2013 Orange Bowl MVP, would be a great fit for Andy Reid’s offense, which is missing a fullback since the Chiefs decided to run a different offense in 2012.
Pryor would be a big addition to the Chiefs offensive backfield with Charles.
Round 7: Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State
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Bumphis pulled in 58 passes for 922 yards and 12 touchdowns this year. He made a big impact in the Shrine Game to help the West All-Stars win, 28-13.
Bumphis caught a 57-yard touchdown pass late in the first half to extend West’s lead, 14-3. He concluded his day with four catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.
He’d be a nice pickup on the third day of the draft and the Chiefs can work with him in preseason games to see how he does.