With the 2022 draft set to be in Las Vegas from the 28th-30th it is once again time for franchises to make huge decisions on what their future rosters will look like. Regardless of your opinion on the Tyreek Hill trade, it sets up the Chiefs to have 12 picks which ties for the most in the league along with the Jaguars. With that much young talent coming in soon, it becomes hard to wait and see who the Chiefs are going to pick. That means it is time for a three round mock draft that will show what the Chiefs may do with their first 6 picks.
(Round 1, Pick 29) (WR) Treylon Burks, Arkansas
When the Chiefs traded away Tyreek Hill it left a hole in the offense at wide receiver which Treylon Burks would look to fill. Standing at 6’3” and 225 pounds, Burks looks every bit of Deebo Samuel when he plays. Burks also has the big play ability Chiefs fans have grown used to over the years even though he is not the fastest prospect. Wearing 5XL gloves that had to be specially ordered by the Arkansas training staff it is safe to say he possesses the tools to become an elite receiver in this league.
(Round 1, Pick 30) (S) Lewis Cine, Georgia
After watching some film on Cine it becomes clear he would have an immediate impact on the Chiefs Defense. Cine is a big hitting explosive safety who can move sideline to sideline and make big tackles in crunch time. Although coverage could use some work, Lewis could help fill the void left by Tyrann Mathieu and allow coach Spaggs to use a three safety look much more efficiently than last season.
(Round 2, Pick 50) (DE) Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State
Adding D-Line in this draft is a must and bringing in Arnold would immediately improve a defense that struggles to get pressure. Coming in at 6’3” and 250 pounds, Ebiketie possesses the raw speed and power you want to see out of a franchise defensive end. He racked up 9.5 sacks last season at Penn State while also forcing two fumbles.
(Round 2, Pick 62) (DE) NickBonitto Oklahoma.
Another DE at pick 62 means that chiefs fans can finally get the thought of Joe Burrow escaping the grasps of Chris Jones out of their head. Bonitto has a rare combination of great pass rush and coverage ability that the Chiefs desperately need. This could make him one of the most versatile linemen in the league right off the bat. Coming in at 6’3” and 240 pounds Nik was able to rack up 7 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries this season. It is important to note he was thrown in coverage a bit which may have hurt his sack numbers.
(Round 3, Pick 94) (LB) Channing Tindall, Georgia
Tindall is a great athlete who helped lead the Georgia bulldogs to a Championship and the best defense in college football. He has great speed at LB which would pair great with Willie and Bolton creating a freakishly athletic linebacking core. With 5.5 sacks this season this also adds a pass rushing linebacker which would be a great addition to the defense.
(Round 3, Pick 103) (CB) Jalyn Armour-Davis, Alabama
Having two last names makes you a great fit with the Chiefs automatically. Although Jalyn doesn’t possess the ability to make great plays on the ball he is an athlete who can run with any receiver in the league with 4.39 speed. He has good coverage ability and doesn’t make mistakes in coverage. At 6’0” he matches the size the Chiefs have shown they want as a starting corner. With the ability to make tackles and cover Jalyn should make an immediate impact and start at corner day 1 presuming the Chiefs don’t add anyone else.
After solidifying their Linebackers, Safeties, and Defensive line the Chiefs should still look to add a veteran corner to this mix. Presuming the Chiefs use their final 6 picks to add more corners it would help to have a veteran to see these players become the stars we need them to be. Whether it is Gilmore or Bradberry, adding one of these players would make a huge impact on the roster. Overall looking at our defense after this draft I would feel confident in a top 15 finish which should be enough to put us over the top in a strong AFC West.