Chiefs Mock Draft: Predicting All 7 Rounds
The Kansas City Chiefs are making a lot of noise this offseason. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has signed players, released players and came away with a big trade in acquiring Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.
Trading for Smith and releasing offensive tackle Eric Winston shakes up Kansas City's draft plans. It's clear Dorsey and Chiefs coach Andy Reid did not like the talent at quarterback from this year's draft.
With Kansas City owning the No. 1 pick in the draft, they have an opportunity to bring in an impact player and some guys who can be instant contributors.
Round 1: Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M
There is some uncertainty for offensive tackle Branden Albert, who was tagged earlier this month, but with the Chiefs franchising Albert and letting Winston go, Albert should expect to stay in Kansas City.
However, where he plays on the line may not be up to him and he might have to put up with playing right tackle. That is not for sure but certainly not out of the question.
What's certain is that the Chiefs will take Luke Joeckel. The Chiefs don't have a right tackle at the moment and adding Joeckel will allow them to use the No. 1 pick to fill that hole and snag the best player in the draft.
Round 2: Traded Away
The Chiefs traded their second-round pick for Alex Smith. Essentially, Smith is Kansas City's second-round pick.
With Kansas City giving up the 34th pick in the draft for a quarterback, the starting job is all Smith's, provided that he stays healthy up to the season opener.
Round 3: Marc Anthony, CB, California
But how well would Robinson and Smith be as the second cornerback opposite Flowers?
The Chiefs need to bring in another defensive back to help the secondary—especially in a passing league and in a division where Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has a lot of weapons, with Wes Welker being his newest target.
Round 4: Khaled Holmes, C, USC
Chiefs center Rodney Hudson is returning from injury as his replacement for the season, Ryan Lilja, who shifted from guard to center to fill in for Hudson, retired. Hudson has not shown anything for anyone to believe he is an every-week starter.
Therefore, drafting Khaled Holmes from USC is a move that Dorsey and the front office must consider to help back up Hudson and give the Chiefs some depth as well at the offensive line.
Round 5: Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
Kenny Stills could go from playing under one of the most respected coaches in college football today in Bob Stoops to playing under Andy Reid. For the Chiefs, they can benefit from this by getting a wide receiver who has played under an offensive system that NFL teams like.
Stills caught 82 catches for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior year with the Sooners this past season. If he can be optimistic about himself if he is taken by the Chiefs, he'll find success and have fun with Reid's offense.
Round 6: Tanner Hawkinson, T, Kansas
Drafting Tanner Hawkinson would be the third offensive lineman for the Chiefs in this mock draft. It may not happen, but don't be surprised if Dorsey gets two offensive linemen and considers one more late in the draft. The Chiefs need some depth at the line and Hawkinson would be a nice addition.
Hawkinson broke the school record for most starts with 48 and played his final season under Charlie Weis. Hawkinson, if given the chance, would be a great run-blocker for Jamaal Charles.
Hawkinson was part of an offense that ranked third in the Big 12 this past season, despite winning only one game.
Another strong run-blocker would be huge for the Chiefs to add to their offensive line.
Round 7: Omar Hunter, DT, Florida
This mock draft has been filled with mostly offensive players because Kansas City has a good defense with some talented players. If the Chiefs handle their business well with the offense through free agency and the draft, then this last pick will likely be a defensive player.
The Chiefs are weak and thin at the defensive line. Giving Omar Hunter a shot would not be a bad idea. But given that this is a seventh-round pick, it's never for sure how players pan out. The Chiefs can give Hunter lots of playing time in the preseason to see what he is made out of.