NFL Mock Draft 2014: Kansas City Chiefs Early 4-7 Round Projections
Each year, the final four rounds of the NFL draft are usually where teams find role players and depth that they hope to use as pieces for a championship roster one day.
The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping that the same will hold true for their draft in 2014.
In part two of my pre-free agency mock draft, I have projected the rest of K.C.'s picks in the draft, which will not include the seventh round, since the Chiefs do not have a pick in that round for 2014.
Read on for my pick-by-pick projections.
4th Round (120th Overall): TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia
I've tabbed ex-Georgia Bulldog Arthur Lynch with the Chiefs' fourth-round pick in this year's draft.
Even though K.C. just drafted a tight end last year in Travis Kelce, he has yet to play a down in the NFL.
Although Kelce appears to be the real deal, so does Lynch, who has already drawn comparisons to Brent Celek, who used to play in Philadelphia under current Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
At 6'5, 258 pounds, Lynch already has NFL size for his position, and is a very capable block and pass catcher who could thrive in Kansas City's West Coast offense.
5th Round (151st Overall): DE Will Clarke, West Virginia
The Chiefs defense is in need of another pass-rusher in its front seven.
West Virginia's Will Clarke would fit that role well as he projects to be a 3-4 DE in the NFL, and would give the Chiefs a real pass-rush threat along their defensive line. He posted six sacks last season, and his size and length could pose problems for offensive linemen at the next level.
Currently, he projects as a backup for Kansas City's defense and could make an impact right away on obvious passing downs.
6th Round (177th Overall): DB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt
After seeing how the second half of the season unfolded for the Chiefs defense last year, it is clear that they need more help for the secondary.
The additions of free safety Terrence Brooks in the third round and cornerback Andre Hal in the sixth should help shore up this need for the red and white.
Hal's specialty is coverage, as he was one of Vanderbilt's best defenders last year.
The Port Allen, Louisiana native would likely not start at cornerback for the Chiefs, but he could be used when defensive coordinator Bob Sutton goes to his five-defensive back looks.
6th Round (184th Overall): WR Eric Ward, Texas Tech
As I eluded to in the prior segment of this mock draft, wide receiver is one of the weakest positions on the Chiefs roster.
In the first round, I had K.C. getting Odell Beckham Jr., and for this pick, I have them getting explosive wideout Eric Ward from Texas Tech.
Ward was very productive in college, racking up 2,800 receiving yards and 31 TD catches combined in his last three years with the Red Raiders.
He would be a great value pick this last in the draft, and would certainly add depth to the Chiefs receiver corps as well.
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