Round 1, No. 20 (via SEA): Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
The Chiefs recently lost their starting left tackle to free agency, or more aptly put, they allowed Orlando Brown Jr. to walk in free agency. This departure creates a gargantuan-sized void on the left side of the offensive line. Starting right tackle, Andrew Wylie, also moved on this offseason, creating a hole on the other side of the line as well.
If the Chiefs stay put at No. 31, it is unlikely they land a prospect the caliber of Paris Johnson Jr. The Ohio State lineman typically comes off the board earlier than this, but in this mock draft, he was still available at No. 20 overall. General manager Brett Veach sent a third and fourth-rounder to move up to No. 21 last April, and he does virtually the same thing to get a plug-and-play replacement at tackle.
This move allows the recently-signed Jawaan Taylor to remain at right tackle if he feels more comfortable there. Paris Johnson Jr. is a top-tier pass protector and profiles as an ascending run blocker, boasting legitimate franchise cornerstone potential. The best part of it all for Kansas City? Gaining a premium player on such an affordable rookie deal. The rich get richer.
Round 2, No. 63: Gervon Dexter, DL, Florida
Gervon Dexter is a superb fit for Steve Spagnuolo’s defensive front. The Florida Gator standout possesses ideal size, length, and athleticism for a player of his stature. Dexter uses his immense strength to dominate his assignment, whether in pursuit of the quarterback or angling himself for a tackle on opposing running backs.
The issues with Dexter come down to consistency and his motor. While this doesn’t typically align with Brett Veach’s philosophy early in the draft, Dexter presents a unique opportunity. He is a first-round talent when locked in but could last until late day two because of these concerns. If Kansas City can get more consistency from Dexter, it has a potential Chris Jones successor in tow.