With the NFL Draft waning in the final week of April, many NFL fans will spend the time between now and then keeping up with free agent signings and looking at mock drafts. Of course every so-called draft ‘guru,’ has his/her own idea of what team needs what position the most, but no team needs a viable signal caller more than the Kansas City Chiefs. Even though a QB is needed, no indication has been made that the much needed QB will come from the draft.
I will be mocking this draft as a GM and not from a fan perspective (I am a fan, so I need to leave my preferences aside). Team need always takes a priority in free agency and in the draft. But since no one knows what will happen in free agency, I’ll mock this draft based on team need, and who I think is best player at the position, and the likelihood of availability.
This mock draft will be based on these factors:
- Dwayne Bowe is re-signed.
- Brandon Albert is re-signed.
- Matt Cassel is released (based on a $9.8mil salary in 2013).
- Tyson Jackson is released (based on a $14.5mil salary in 2013).
- Glenn Dorsey is released (based on his injury issues).
Those 5 factors will be the basis of this mock draft.
Let us begin.
Round 1 (#1): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Had 13 sacks in 2012 which ranked 3rd in the NCAA (1st in the ACC), and was a 1st team All-American. He also was 2nd in the ACC in tackles for a loss (18). Has the speed and agility to get around the edge on the rush and consistently put pressure on the QB.
Why? With Tyson Jackson set to make $14.5mil in 2013 and Glenn Dorsey is unable to stay healthy, the Chiefs may decide it’s time to start over at DL and with Poe already at DT/NT, Werner is a great addition.
My pick: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Round 2 (#34): E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
It’s no secret the Kansas City Chiefs need a QB overhaul. E.J. was a great leader at Florida State. Has a great arm, is accurate with short to medium passes. Great running ability and can stretch plays with his legs if necessary. He was 1st in the ACC in completion % (68%, or 10th in the NCAA), 3rd in the ACC in passing yards (3,397), and 4th in the ACC in passing TD’s (23).
Why? Similar skill set to that of Donovan McNabb, the type of QB that Andy Reid likes running his WCO. Chiefs would probably sign a veteran free agent, while E.J. develops for a year or two. E.J. also possess the makeup of a guy that would excel in the WCO.
My pick: David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
Round 3 (#63): David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
At 6’3 & 194lbs, he has the height/size to compete with the bigger WR’s in the NFL. He also runs a 4.5 40 yard dash. Plays good man and zone coverage. Led the ACC in INT’s in 2012 with 5. Led the ACC in INT return yards (82), and was 4th (ACC) in passes defended (17).
Why? With the absence of Brandon Carr in 2012, and the release of Stanford Routt mid-season, Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown both played CB in 2012. The Chiefs could use an upgrade over both of them, and Amerson has the potential to start and be a shutdown corner.
My pick: Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State
Round 3 (Comp.): Kevin Reddick, ILB, North Carolina
Led the ACC in tackles for a loss (18), and tied for 6th in sacks (6).
Good vision to the ball, out-quicks approaching linemen, works his way through trash well, and has the upper body strength to wrap up running backs coming through the hole. Also takes out linemen with cut blocks to free up teammates to make the stop.
Why? With the loss of the late Jovan Belcher, the Chiefs need to fill the hole at SILB with an upgrade over Brandon Siler.
My pick: D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina
Round 4 (#96): T.J. McDonald, FS, USC
Son of former S. F. 49ers Pro Bowl safety Tim McDonald, T.J. possess the size (6’2″, 211lbs), speed, and hitting ability that NFL teams look for. Tied for 1st in the PAC-12 in assisted tackles (58), and 4th in total tackles (112).
Why? With FS Kendrick Lewis missing 7 games in 2012 due to a shoulder injury. In the time that Lewis was on the field, he never seemed to show the fire that he displayed in 2011. He also seemed skittish when tackling a ball carrier with his injured shoulder.
My pick: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Round 5 (#127): Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
Ranked 10th in the Big 12 in receiving yards per reception (14.9).
Harper is a coordinated athlete with above average body control and focus, tracking the ball beautifully and snatching it out of the air with his reliable hands. Harper isn’t overly explosive and is more of a one-speed player, but has been improving each game as a route runner and is an effective perimeter blocker with a strong core for the position. While not a track star, Harper has good-enough football speed and is one of the more underrated receivers for the 2013 class.
Why? A new Head Coach in KC brings in the WCO. With Steve Breaston having limited to no action last season, he may not have a place on the team, with the salary he is set to make. Devon Wylie could also be challenged for a roster spot.
My pick: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
Round 6 (#160): Braden Hansen, C/G, BYU
Hansen was a 4-year starter at BYU and knows the ins-and-outs of the interior offensive line.
Why? With the season ending injury early in the year last season to Rodney Hudson, the Chiefs offensive line suffered without its premier snapper. Guard Ryan Lilja moved over to play center. Lilja retired at the end of the season. Hansen would provide an experienced snapper, and a body that can play guard if need be.
My pick: Braden Hansen, C/G, BYU
Round 7 (#191): Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia
A tall, long defensive end/rush linebacker who hasn’t been able to break through quite yet, but flashes the strength and quickness (10 career sacks) to be a factor. The production has never been there, but Washington’s flashes and potential will likely result in a team selecting him to contribute down the line.
Why? With the possibility of losing both Jackson and Dorsey, drafting 2 DE’s creates good depth, and at a 7th rd. pick, there is really nothing to lose.
My pick: T.J. Moe, WR, Missouri
Round 7 (Comp.): Cierra Wood , RB, Notre Dame
Averaged 6.7 yards/carry in 2012, and finished with 740 rushing yards and 4 TD’s, despite starting just 4 games, and playing behind senior Theo Riddick.
A patient runner with good eyes, allowing blocks to develop with natural running instincts. Balanced runner with the fluid change of direction ability to make sharp cuts, sidestep defenders and elude would-be tacklers. He runs with deceiving power and won’t go down easy.
Why? With Peyton Hillis becoming a free agent on March 12, and the fact that he spent part of the early season injured, plus the lack of production when he did get the opportunity, Hillis may not be coming back next season. Drafting Wood would give the Chiefs greater depth and Wood could be a potential 3rd down back..
My pick: Travis Howard, CB, Ohio State
I’m no so-called ‘draft expert’ (if such a thing does exist), but I think I touched on all the Chiefs needs. Of course many will prefer certain players at certain picks, so I know I can’t please the masses. However, all thoughts, ideas, and input is encouraged.
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