Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round 2022 Mock Draft: A Tyreek Hill Replacement
Jahan Dotson improved every season at Penn State, culminating in a senior season stat line of 91 receptions, 1182 receiving yards, and 12 trips to the end zone. Dotson parlayed this success into an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. With all 32 NFL teams in attendance, the shifty wide receiver flashed his speed with a blazing 4.43 40-yard dash.
Even with Juju Smith-Schuster, Josh Gordon, and Mecole Hardman under contract, the team still must add a player at the position with a higher upside. While he isn’t as fast as Tyreek Hill, I’d argue that Dotson is not too far behind when it comes to shiftiness. He has some of the best — if not THE best — hands in the entire draft. You can’t fully replace a talent like Hill, but Dotson will go a long way to helping Kansas City Chiefs fans move on.
There are a number of different ways that general manager Brett Veach can attack this pick. Generally, it is a prime spot to trade but that’s no fun and too hard to predict right now so let’s keep adding talent. Chris Jones is still the man on the defensive line and — after a contract restructure — Frank Clark still resides in Kansas City as well. Melvin Ingram might return, but this draft class is going to produce some elite pass rushers and you shouldn’t let a soon-to-be 33 year old Ingram stop you from adding one.
Arnold Ebiketie is starting to finally get some first-round hype. He is a bit older than some others in the class, but I would argue that his upside is among the best. He is a technician when it comes to his hand usage and consistent pad level. You rarely see Ebiketie come off the snap high and this results in headaches for opposing quarterbacks. He frequents a violent bull rush, but is also agile enough to fly by bigger offensive tackles. He is an instant contributor today, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we look back in five years and wonder how in the world he got out of the top-ten.