Chiefs 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3
We've now made it two days and three rounds into the 2013 NFL Draft, with tight end Travis Kelce and running back Knile Davis joining offensive tackle Eric Fisher as the newest members of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now that we're into the later rounds of the draft, the focus has changed somewhat.
Sure, teams are still hopeful that they will find a diamond in the rough or unearth the next Tom Brady (a sixth-round pick in 2000), but at this point the draft becomes as much about adding depth as it is about searching for starters.
With that in mind, here's yet another look (with some different picks, if only to change things up) at how the Kansas City Chiefs can close the 2013 NFL draft on a high note.
Round Four, Pick Two (99): Barrett Jones, OG/C, Alabama
In my first two mocks for the Kansas City Chiefs, I had the team selecting Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones with the first pick of the third round.
Well, not only did Kansas City not select the 2011 Outland Trophy winner in the third round, but no other NFL team did either.
However, the Chiefs could still use depth behind Rodney Hudson, who missed 13 games in 2012, at center.
They could also use a replacement for left guard Jeff Allen, who graded out as the second-worst guard in the NFL last year according to Pro Football Focus.
The addition of Jones would appear to remedy at least one (if not both) of those issues.
Round Five, Pick One (134): Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
The Chiefs are more-or-less set at outside linebacker with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, and Derrick Johnson is one of the best "MIKE" inside linebackers in the NFL.
With that said, however, the strong side spot on the inside of Kansas City's 3-4 defense is the Achilles' heel of their linebackers, and free agent additions Zac Diles and Akeem Jordan aren't going to solve that problem.
North Carolina's Kevin Reddick just might.
Reddick was a four-year starter at North Carolina and a first-team All-ACC pick after a senior season in which the 6'1" 243-pounder racked up 85 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
Reddick has both the size and strength to shed blockers, and the athleticism to chase down ball-carriers, and NFL.com calls Reddick a "Intelligent, hard-working defender who consistently fulfills his assignments."
Round Six, Pick Two (170): Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union
The University of Mount Union may be a small school in Alliance, Ohio, but they've produced some big-time receiving talent in recent years, with both Cecil Shorts of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pierre Garcon of the Washington Redskins hailing from the college.
Jasper Collins is attempting to become the latest Purple Raiders star to make the jump to the National Football League, and there are a couple of reasons why the Chiefs should take a look at the 5'10", 180-pounder.
First, while Collins isn't especially big or especially fast, he is a polished route runner who could grow into a very viable intermediate threat in Kansas City's West Coast offense.
Second, while the Chiefs added Donnie Avery in free agency, the team could still stand to add complementary pieces around Dwayne Bowe at wide receiver, especially since there's no guarantee that this is the year Jonathan Baldwin finally plays like a first-round pick.
Round Six, Pick 36 (204): Vinston Painter, OT, Virginia Tech (Compensatory Pick)
Compensatory picks are like found money, selections given to NFL teams to help, well, compensate for the loss of players in free agency.
With the second of their two compensatory picks in the 2013 NFL draft, the Chiefs should look to add some badly-needed depth on the offensive line.
Virginia Tech's Vinston Painter was an honorable mention All-ACC selection as a senior in 2012, and the 6'4", 306-pounder is capable of standing in at both the tackle and guard positions for the Chiefs.
Round Seven, Pick One (207): Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
The Kansas City Chiefs dealt their second-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith and signed backup Chase Daniel in free agency, but that doesn't make it unwise to spend a late pick on a developmental quarterback.
In Duke's Sean Renfree, the Chiefs could acquire a 6'3" signal-caller with a very strong arm who has significant experience in a pro-style offense, a player that NFL.com said "can make all the throws" and "shows velocity on out patterns and deep routes."
Granted, Renfree's numbers at Duke weren't great, and his decision making has been shaky at times, but Andy Reid has something of a history of turning backup quarterbacks into valuable trade commodities.
Perhaps he can do so again with Renfree.