The Kansas City Chiefs will likely take care of most of their holes via free agency, giving them the freedom to employ a “best player available” draft strategy. It’s possible they are a trade candidate for a team looking to move into the end of round one to secure a quarterback.
There are a number of different positions they could target early in the draft. The most likely spots remain to be wide receiver, safety, cornerback and linebacker. This holds true even if the team is able to bring in capable veterans at each position. A stacked wide receiver group and the ability to defend those pass catchers played a key role in the Rams’ and Bengals’ Super Bowl runs.
Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft: Adding To AFC West Race
Keeping in mind that the team will be very active in free agency and the trade market, let’s kick off a 7-Round Mock Draft. I will be weighing in potential needs, but mostly approach this exercise with the “best player available” mindset that I brought up earlier. Without further ado, it’s time to get things rolling!
Round 1, Pick 30: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Imagine for a second, a trio of Tyreek Hill-Chris Olave-Travis Kelce catching passes from Patrick Mahomes. Now clean up the drool spilling from your mouth. Olave is the most polished route runner in this draft class and put his 4.3 speed on display at the NFL Scouting Combine in front of the entire league. Here, the Kansas City Chiefs get great value and a guy capable of serving as the No.2 wide receiver in the offense immediately.
Round 2, Pick 62: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
Now that Orlando Brown Jr. has been hit with the franchise tag, the biggest question surrounding the team is whether or not Tyrann Mathieu will return in 2022. He is set to hit the open market, and there’s a real chance that he finds a monster deal. If the Chiefs opt not to pay the Honey Badger, they’ll be looking to replace him. Even if they do bring him back, there’s nothing wrong with having a player like Jaquan Brisker as a rotational piece. Brisker is a great teammate and fits what Kansas City looks for at safety.