The Chiefs are armed with six selections in the first two days of the draft, so they are more than willing to send a late third-round pick to secure a game-changing wide receiver.
The Chiefs brought in Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in an attempt to replace some of Tyreek Hill’s production. Those signings are bigger than they were made out to be, but it is not enough. Drake London opted not to run at his pro day, but the Chiefs won’t ask him to outrun people. He will be a chain moving, red-zone target for the offensive unit. Kansas City did not like the way things were trending, so a move up was necessary to ensure they didn’t miss out on supplementing the wide receiver group.
George Pickens is the fifth wide receiver off the board, which is a shame because he was once in heavy consideration to be the first pass catcher taken prior to blowing his knee up before the 2021 season. He hurried back, and most of the tape post-surgery shows that. Still, he’s oozing with potential and looked more and more comfortable on the field each week. Now, he gets to catch footballs from Aaron Rodgers. I’d say it worked out well for the former Georgia Bulldog.
This run on wide receivers is legendary stuff. Treylon Burks is the sixth pass catcher taken in a span of 13 selections in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. The Cardinals lost Christian Kirk to the Jaguars and recently brought AJ Green back, but adding Treylon Burks to an offense featuring Kyler Murray, Deandre Hopkins, and Rondale Moore should be illegal. Burks is built like a bus, but moves like a sports car.
The Cowboys likely are employing the “best player available” approach at this 2022 NFL Mock Draft, so the choice is Boston College’s Zion Johnson. Johnson started his career as a zero-star recruit, and worked his way into becoming a first-round pick. He can fill in anywhere on the offensive line, but profiles best on the interior. The versatility is very important for Dallas given the increasing age and injury history of those on their line.