Who would I like to see in the Chiefs Draft?
Jake White @jakewhite58 Chiefs Focus @ChiefsFocus
My favorite draft I have ever watched was the 2020 Draft. Not because we drafted Clyde Edward-Helaire 32nd overall or the hidden gems in later rounds (L’Jarius Sneed). It was because it was the first draft in memory that I wasn’t worried about who we picked. We had resigned all our starters, we were coming off a Super Bowl-winning year. I was on cloud 9. Now we can see the adjustments, and see what positions I think we need to address coming into this draft.
Now let’s start by saying – In Veach I trust. Veach has made many of us look very silly when he selects the “unathletic” linebacker from Mizzou or the “gunslinger with no accuracy” from Texas Tech. Veach does his homework and knows what we need to get back to the promised land.
For my first draft wish list is I would like to see the Chiefs go on a defensive hunting spree. A guy who can get to the QB, cause some pressure and make offenses adjust to him. I know the premier talent will be taken early in the first round, but if the Chiefs can draft a pass rusher in the 1st round, I think it can change the landscape of how teams play against us.
I am trying to be realistic and I know we can trade up and down, but for the players in our actual reachable grasp I would love to have:
- Jermaine Johnson – Defensive End, Florida State. He has the accolades, he played in Power 5 conference, and he earned his stripes. When you watch his film and highlights you see someone with a high motor, strong hands, and that bendability often talked about with edge rushers.
- Boye Mafa – Defensive End, Minnesota. Power. When you watch Mafa’s tape he has the explosive power and momentum needed to get in the backfield to be disruptive. While he lacks some refinement, things can be taught and Mafe can be a force in this league.
- Drake Jackson – Defensive End, USC. This is the athlete. If we wanted a Micah Parsons-lite-type player, Jackson best fits that mold for us. His technique and experience will come, but he has the speed, size, and intangibles you can’t teach.
The next position should come as no surprise, but wide receiver to me is not a need but a want. Patrick Mahomes has done magic with B-Tier receivers and as long as Travis Kelce is on the field I think we will always have that safety blanket. However, after trading other-worldly talent Tyreek Hill, I think making the offense more dynamic would be perfect.
These choices are ones I think we can either trade up for or possibly get in the late 2 to 3 rounds.
- Jameson Williams – Wide Receiver, Alabama. Williams is the receiver we are most linked with. He would thrive in Andy Reid’s system and he has the size and intangibles that Patrick seems to be drawn to. The issue is he would not be ready until halfway through the season. He could be a star the following season and become the new safety blanket.
- Treylon Burks – Wide Receiver, Arkansas. Big guy, but can be used like we used Tyreek and how the 49ers used Deebo Samuel. Quick, great hands, and can even block on the outside. Burks is a total package that needs a little refinement but can be a perennial star going forward.
- Skyy Moore – Wide Receiver, Western Michigan. The opposite of Burks, smaller but gets quick separation from his defender. Sure hands, and can be played in the backfield.
The final position I would like the Chiefs to target would be a Defensive Back. I think Veach and Spags have found value in late picks and cast-offs. But maybe we can find a premier corner/safety in this draft to anchor our defensive backfield.
- Ahmad “Sauce” Garder – Cornerback, Cincinnati. Hahaha, sorry I meant to be realistic.
- Kaiir Elam – Cornerback, Florida. A tall physical corner who tracks the ball well. Can make a great read but might be too aggressive at times and caught out of position. Elam could succeed in the Chiefs backfield and make those big plays we need in a bend but don’t break defense.
- Daxton Hill – Free Safety, Michigan. We have Thornhill and Reid now, why another safety? Spags loves using three safeties and in a pass-happy league having that versatility can only help the defense. Hill is athletic, strong, and can play overtop or in the box. A do-it-all safety who could help plug a hole left by the Honey Badger.
- Kirby Joesph – Safety, Illinois. Joseph had a great 2021 season and has the potential to be great in the league. His previous seasons had few highlights to speak of. But he’s grown, expanded, and shown he can be a force for the Chiefs.
Overall I trust Brett Veach. If he trades up and drafts a right tackle, I support it. But these are some of the players I have been watching and reviewing that I think can make an impact for the Kansas City Chiefs. Let me know if you guys have any more, or any suggestions.