Kansas City Chiefs 2013 Mock Draft: Should Nab Darrelle Revis
There is no doubt the Kansas City Chiefs picked the wrong year to secure the No.1 pick in the NFL Draft but all is not lost as they can still look to trade that pick for a piece that would significantly improve their team in 2013.
The Jets may be looking to deal their prized possession because he is coming off of a torn ACL and because his contract voids after the 2014 season. Revis is expected to want a fairly substantial contract and the Jets don't appear to be in position to offer him one in the future.
The Chiefs on the other hand have plenty of cap space to offer Revis the deal he is looking for, as well as the compensation that the Jets will likely be looking for. Kansas City also has an opening at corner opposite of Brandon Flowers and a pairing of Flowers and Revis would potentially be the league's best.
The move would not be without risks because it is impossible to know how Revis will return from his injury in 2013 and because he wants so much money, but it is a move the Chiefs should strongly consider.
I believe a trade could be consummated between the two teams and it would look something like this; the Chiefs first overall pick and fifth round choice for the Jets first round pick (ninth overall) and Revis.
The trade would go a long way towards solving the Jets cap issues and would give them the ability to draft the top rated quarterback on their board, as well as another player in the fifth round.
With Revis on board and having moved down to the ninth pick, here is a look at my newest Kansas City Chiefs seven-round mock draft.
1st Round (9th Overall): Georgia Linebacker Alec Ogletree
The Chiefs have a major need at their middle linebacker position opposite of Derrick Johnson and they would be getting the best one available in Alec Ogletree.
Ogletree is an exceptional athlete and he has shown the ability to do it all on defense. Ogletree's strength is his range and ability to play from sideline-to-sideline.
The 6'3" linebacker also has great potential when it comes to rushing the passer and he can cover in the passing game as well.
Putting Ogletree next to Johnson in the middle of the Chiefs defense would potentially give Kansas City the best linebacker corps in football (yeah I said it, San Francisco).
The Chiefs could use more speed and play-making ability on defense and Ogletree would give them just that while allowing Johnson more freedom to roam as well.
Kansas City has to find a quarterback in this draft and many may want them to do that with this pick, but they can find their guy later while getting maximum value with Ogletree at No. 9.
2nd Round: Arkansas Quarterback Tyler Wilson
It's nearly impossible to distinguish amongst the top five quarterbacks in this draft because there is no sure thing, but there are plenty of guys who could be successful at the next level.
After trading for Revis and moving down in the draft to select Ogletree, the Chiefs have to select a quarterback with this pick and they get one of the better ones available in Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson.
Wilson had his ups and downs in college like all of the signal-callers in this draft but he has two very important attributes that should make Chiefs fans very happy to have him.
The 23-year-old has above-average pocket awareness (he won't just sit down on the ground like Matt Cassel when a defender is coming his way) and he is by all accounts a very hard worker in the film room.
Obviously a lot more goes into playing quarterback than just pocket mobility and a willingness to work off of the field, but those are two very encouraging positive attributes for a young quarterback to have and Wilson possesses them.
The Chiefs need someone that can take command of their offense for the next decade and Wilson could be that guy. This selection should be combined with the addition of a veteran quarterback such as Alex Smith.
Smith is likely to be cut by the Niners if he is not traded and he could be the Chiefs starter for the next year or two until Wilson is fully ready to take over the role.
3rd Round: Clemson Defensive End Malliciah Goodman
Goodman put up solid numbers at Clemson (7 sacks) last season and he is known as a hard worker with good athletic ability for his size (6'3", 276 lbs.).
There isn't a lot of top 3-4 defensive end talent in this draft and Goodman would be a developmental player for the Chiefs but he would provide solid depth for the time being with the potential to become a productive starter in the future.
The Chiefs frequently missed on defensive end talent during the Scott Pioli regime and because of that they need to find at least one big guy in this draft. Goodman is a stout run defender with developing pass rush skills that would provide an upgrade over Tyson Jackson in that area.
Kansas City may look to free agency to solve their defensive end issues but if they choose to select one in the top half of the draft then Goodman could be a name to watch.
4th Round: USC Safety T.J. McDonald
McDonald had a bit of a disappointing career at USC in the sense that he was expected to be a first-round selection and now appears destined to go on either the draft's second or third day..
McDonald is the son of former San Francisco 49ers All-Pro safety Tim McDonald, and while it would be a surprise to see him repeat the kind of career that his father had, the younger McDonald should be a productive player at the NFL level.
The soon-to-be 22-year-old has tremendous size for the safety position (6'2" and 211 lbs.) and is known for his ball-hawking ability.
As I previously said during the pick of Ogletree, the Chiefs need to add more playmakers on the defensive side of the ball and McDonald could provide that.
A tandem of Berry and McDonald could be solid for many years to come and at the very least the former Trojan should be able to provide quality depth for a Chiefs squad that could use it.
6th Round: Virginia Tech Wide Receiver Marcus Davis
The Chiefs have to bring Dwayne Bowe back next season.
It won't matter who is playing quarterback for the Chiefs next season if he has no one to throw to and Bowe is unquestionably the best receiver Kansas City possesses.
Regardless of whether the Chiefs bring Bowe back, it wouldn't hurt to bring another body into camp that has big play potential.
Davis was inconsistent in his time at Virginia Tech which is why he will likely find himself being selected on the draft's final day.
Davis is another Jon Baldwin type with big size (6'3") and even bigger potential (18.7 yards per catch last season on 51 catches), and he can likely be had much later than Baldwin was.
There is no doubt that Davis is a boom or bust type of prospect but this late in the draft there is nothing wrong with taking an all or nothing kind of guy.
When you consider some of the players that Pioli spent late-round picks on such as Gabe Miller and Cameron Sheffield, Davis seems like a worthy gamble.
7th Round: Penn State Center Matt Stankiewitch
It's nearly impossible to predict who the Chiefs might be looking at by the time the seventh round rolls around but they could use more depth on their offensive line and particularly at center.
Stankiewitch has limited experience at center but has performed well there and also has the ability to play guard if need be.
He is known as a better run blocker than pass blocker at this point in his career but he would be given a chance to develop his skills behind Chiefs starter Rodney Hudson and would be the kind of hard worker that the team needs from their top reserves.
Work Left to Do
This draft would go a long way towards filling the Chiefs needs this offseason but there would still be some work left to do.
As I mentioned on the Tyler Wilson slide, bringing in a veteran quarterback should also be a priority this offseason and I believe Alex Smith is the best available.
The Chiefs could also use some depth at corner and safety and if Buffalo's Jairus Byrd or San Francisco's Dashon Goldson become available in free agency then the Chiefs should do everything in their power to bring one of them in to start opposite of Eric Berry.
Kansas City doesn't need a complete roster overhaul as evidenced by their six Pro Bowl selections, but they have some tough choices to make and this will be the most important offseason in the team's recent history.