In 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs nipped at perfection's heels, ultimately losing the scent and veering off course in Week 11. If John Dorsey and Co. take a page or two from the following mock draft, Kansas City will inch closer to quenching its appetite, and the 2014 Chiefs will be better equipped to handle the pressures of the postseason.
Media coverage might lead you to believe otherwise, but the NFL combine is hardly the end-all, be-all for player evaluation. Film study tips the scales, while metrics merely add pebbles to pans. Scouts enter with their own batch of opinions, and the combine simply solidifies or softens them.
When a general manager (GM) drafts an athlete, the decision doesn't just boil down to filling a need with the most talented prospect available. In order for a GM to get the most bang for his buck, the pros of said candidate must jell with the team's respective scheme. The same applies to free agency.
Dunta Robinson, for example, is an instinctive, bone-jarring corner, but he lacks sufficient straight-line speed at this point in his career. He's better suited for zone concepts—a fact that, following an ill-advised marriage, became alarmingly clear to Kansas City, thus prompting a divorce after just one year with the team.
Considering the oceanic depth of this year's talent pool, particularly at positions that Kansas City will eye, trading down is a plausible option for the Chiefs. However, if the franchise remains anchored at its current positions, these six names will inject Andy Reid's roster with dose of grade-A athleticism.
Combine results provided by NFL.com.