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Red Kingdom’s Chiefs Mock Draft 5.0: Defense, Defense, And More Defense

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Another week has passed, which means it’s time for yet another Kansas City Chiefs’ mock draft. In previous mock drafts, I did more offensive and defensive side specific drafts where I would only draft offensive or defensive players to see what talent the Chiefs could get at their respective picks. This week, it’s your plain, average, usual mock draft with no rules, trades, or any of that.

The Chiefs’ defense needs some new talent with an interesting batch of prospects from the defensive line to the secondary. I will be focusing on the defensive side of the ball here, as alluded to in the title. With that said, sit back, relax, and (hopefully) enjoy this mock draft:

Disclaimer: this was written before the NFL Combine, so I won’t be using their 40’s, ten-yard splits, etc. for this mock.

Round One, Pick 30: Cameron Thomas, Edge, San Diego State

One of the Chiefs’ largest needs in the offseason is an edge presence, especially with the probable release of Frank Clark; they’ll select Cameron Thomas with their first pick. Thomas would be a great fit with Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3 defense, which he’s been used to playing up in San Diego State. He’s also explosive of the first step, and paired with his good football IQ and run defense skills; it makes him a highly touted defensive prospect in this draft.

Round Two, Pick 62: Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor

The Chiefs highly need some depth at safety and someone who could come in and start if something were to happen; enter Jalen Pitre from Baylor. Pitre would fill in as a strong safety who has great closing speed when pursuing the ball carrier along with great tackling abilities, able to deliver powerful blows that knock the player’s down at full force. He was mainly utilized as a run-defender safety at Baylor and displayed great abilities in that area of the defense.

Pitre’s ball skills have yet to be fully displayed, but Pitre has shown to have good hands to intercept passes in the time he has. That’s something the Chiefs’ coaching staff could easily work on in training camp and then some.

Round Three, Pick 94: Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin

To round out their linebacking core, the Chiefs need to add one more player to the mix; this is where the Chiefs take Leo Chenal in the third round. Chenal has explosive hitting power and is a solid tackler; Chenal has great competitive toughness and is a good run defender. He lacks overall coverage ability, coming up with just one interception and passing deflection through his college career. He would be more of an early-down linebacker in the NFL.

Round Three, Pick 102: Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State

The Chiefs need some secondary aid, especially in the cornerback spot; the Chiefs bring in Martin Emerson from Mississippi State. Emerson thrives in a zone defense scheme, which Spagnuolo loves to utilize for his defense. He’s a good tackler and has good functional athleticism from his height at 6’0″ and a built-out frame. Emerson could be a starting outside cornerback for the Chiefs if they cannot re-sign Charvarius Ward this offseason.

Round Four, Pick 133: Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati

The Chiefs need a third passing option this offseason, and they could snag Alec Pierce from Cincinnati to vie for that position. Standing at 6’3″, Pierce has great hands and has shown to be a deceptive route-runner, making adjustments in zone coverage, and can win down the field. His acceleration allows him to get on top of corners. He also uses his strength to gain yards after the catch. However, his agility does hinder him a bit, so he’ll be mainly used as an intermediate to deep threat receiver.

Round Six, Pick 189: Mike Rose, LB, Iowa State

A linebacker who could provide solid depth for the Chiefs’ linebacking core would be Mike Rose from Iowa State. Rowe thrives in the 4-3; as stated earlier, Spagnuolo utilizes this defense, so Rose would already be a good fit. Additionally, he’s a good tacker, can diagnose offensive blocking patterns well, and has proven to be solid pass coverage. He’s someone the Chiefs can develop into that can be used in passing sets.

Round Seven, Pick 230: Kyler McMichael, CB, North Carolina

The Chiefs select Kyler McMichael from North Carolina to bolster depth and snag a developmental cornerback. McMichael could into a solid outside corner, who can play in zone coverage fairly well and has shown to be a reliable tackler. Furthermore, he has good competitive toughness along with solid football IQ. He dropped a bit because of his average ball skills with a lack of versatility. He could be someone to develop for the future.

Round Seven, Pick 240: Neil Farrell Jr., IDL, LSU

Some may wonder why I selected an interior defensive lineman this late in the draft. Despite what some fans think, the Chiefs would never trade Chris Jones no matter the picks; he’s way too valuable for their defensive line, and there aren’t many veteran defensive linemen that compare to Jones’s skill set. Furthermore, don’t forget that Tershawn Wharton (who has stood out when he gets ample playing time) and Khalen Saunders is still under contract. The last thing the Chiefs need on the defense is some IDL players.

Farrell would be a developmental prospect who has great upper body strength and has solid movement across the line of scrimmage. However, his major cons that need further development in getting off the snap quicker and pass rush, where he was more of a clean-up d-lineman at LSU.

Round Seven, Pick 248: Chris Owens, IOL, Alabama

In terms of depth, the Chiefs need some in the interior offensive line; they bring in Chris Owens from Alabama. Andy Reid likes versatility, and Owens has experience in all aspects of the offensive line. Furthermore, Owens has shown to be a powerful o-linemen that could win with strength alone; he has also shown to be solid in pass sets. This is someone the Chiefs could develop this offseason.

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