Fan Mock Draft: Whom should the Chiefs select No. 23 overall?
It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock.
The Chiefs produced one of the most remarkable turnarounds for a franchise last season, but were a quick out in the postseason.
While head coach Andy Reid is an offensive mastermind, the passing game struggled to find its rhythm at times. What’s more, the Chiefs lost key veterans, including Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert, guard Jon Asamoah and defensive end Tyson Jackson to free agency.
In a division where each team got better during the offseason, the Chiefs stood quiet because they were close up against the cap. Now is the time for the front office to make a splash and bolster their roster for the upcoming season. So, who should the Chiefs select with the No. 23 overall pick?
1. Houston Texans select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney
2. St. Louis Rams select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins
3. Jacksonville Jaguars select Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles
4. Cleveland Browns select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel
5. Oakland Raiders select Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack
6. Atlanta Falcons select Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans
8. Minnesota Vikings select Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr
9. Buffalo Bills select Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews
10. Detroit Lions select UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr
11. Tennessee Titans select Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
12. New York Giants select Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald
13. St. Louis Rams select Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan
14. Chicago Bears select Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
15. Pittsburgh Steelers select Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert
16. Dallas Cowboys select Auburn defensive end Dee Ford
17. Baltimore Ravens select Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin
18. New York Jets select North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron
19. Miami Dolphins select Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks
20. Arizona Cardinals select Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio
21. Green Bay Packers select Alabama linebacker CJ Mosley
22. Eagles select Louisville safety Calvin Pryor
Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard
The Chiefs are deep at cornerback, but Dennard is free falling. He has the accolades to back up his success on the field, as he was a unanimous first-team All American and the Jim Thorpe Award winner.
LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr.
The winner of the Paul Hornung Award, which is annually given to the most versatile player in the nation, broke the school’s all-purpose yard record (2,315) last season. Reid could maximize Beckham’s potential as he’ll be able to fill multiple roles. With return man Dexter McCluster gone via free agency, Beckham could be a dynamic threat for Kansas City.
USC WR Marqise Lee
Lee is a Biletnikoff Award winner (2012), and is one of the most explosive players in this draft. Despite a junior season hampered by injuries, Lee is a shifty receiver who can navigate through a defense and find open running lanes. While he didn’t show off immense straight-line speed in the 40-yard dash, Lee is known for his short-area quickness and lateral agility.
Missouri OLB Kony Ealy
The 6-foot-4, 273-pounder is an athletic freak. With a long frame, Ealy is able to track down the opposition with ease. The Chiefs already boast an impressive 1-2 outside linebacker duo in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, but defensive coordinator Bob Sutton could get creative with Ealy’s unique skillset. You can never have too many players who can rush the passer.
Virginia OT Morgan Moses
The 6-foot-6, 314-pound tackle has outstanding size and strength. While he logged 43 starts during his days at Virginia, some draft analysts have noted that he’s a developmental project. Moses could be a bookend right tackle opposite last year’s No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher.