Kansas City Chiefs 2019 Mock Draft: Massive defensive overhaul

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SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 10: Julian Love #27 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tackles George Campbell #11 of the Florida State Seminoles in the second quarter of the game at Notre Dame Stadium on November 10, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs were an overtime away from the Super Bowl last season. They have no doubts that they are close. That’s why this offseason is confusing.

Switching defensive coordinators wasn’t a huge surprise, but how they’ve gone about with reshaping the roster is. They’re on the cusp of parting ways with not one but two of their best edge rushers. A bold move if ever there was one. Something that certainly didn’t work out in the favor of other teams who have tried it.

Still, their track record says it’s okay to trust them. So how might they approach what could be a crucial draft?

1st Round

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Julian Love

CB, Notre Dame

While the defense may be changing, their clear need for help at cornerback will not. They willingly traded away Marcus Peters last year and haven’t found a viable replacement since them. Kendall Fuller is a nice piece but he’s one man. Steven Nelson will hit free agency as well. The depth of that group is extremely questionable and a big reason they lost the AFC championship.

Julian Love will be a much-needed addition. Don’t be fooled by his rather bland combine performance. His tape shows a tough, gritty cornerback who plays steady, dependable coverage on most receivers he lines up against. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and isn’t afraid to stick his nose in there when tackling. Big keys for a 4-3 corner.

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