The Chiefs used a star-studded rookie class to propel themselves to a Super Bowl victory last season. In this 7-round mock draft, Kansas City looks to repeat its success at the 2023 NFL Draft.
The reigning Super Bowl champions are fresh off a second title in the Patrick Mahomes Era. One of the key reasons why the Chiefs pulled off this victory? Their stacked NFL Draft class from 2022.
Kansas City traded up in the first round of last year’s NFL Draft to secure cornerback Trent McDuffie. It used the “other” first-rounder, acquired in the Tyreek Hill trade, to snag George Karlaftis out of Purdue.
Day two saw the franchise land Skyy Moore, Bryan Cook, and Leo Chenal, all of whom logged valuable snaps as rookies. Day three is when this class became one of the greats in Chiefs’ history.
Cornerbacks — Joshua Williams and Jaylen Watson — each made game-changing plays at some of the most crucial points of the season. Not to mention, seventh-round pick Isiah Pacheco took over the RB1 role during the season and never looked back.
All in all, the Chiefs’ 2022 NFL Draft class started 61 games last season, including four rookie starters in the Super Bowl. The 61 total starts ranked the highest for any Super Bowl winner since 1991.
Yes, Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, Travis Kelce, and Chris Jones deserve more than their fair share for the part they played in a ring, but the season likely ends differently without this influx of youthful talent to the roster.
Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft: KC Gets Aggressive with Two Trades
So, knowing how important the NFL Draft was for the most recent Super Bowl champion, what can the Chiefs do as an encore? Our latest 7-round mock draft paints a scenario where Kansas City aggressively moves up the board — twice.
No. 20 overall
No. 31 overall
No. 122 overall
2024 third-round pick