Here we go Chiefs fans. 2013 is in the books and, if you’re anything like me, then you’re ready to move on to the next season. It seems we have found a pretty good balanced QB with Alex Smith, so now I feel it’s time to focus on other positions. I’m not only talking the offensive side of the ball, but we also need some help on the Defense. Defense especially needs help in the secondary and the offense needs more threats in the receiver and tight end position.
With Dwayne Bowe being Alex Smith’s “go to guy” opposing teams smothered him and basically shut down the ability for him to get open. Bowe had a few good games, but it didn’t seem like he could get much distance from the secondary to make any easy catches. Honestly though, Bowe’s strong point is not easy catches. He is the type to magically pull in a ball that it doesn’t seem like a contortionist could catch. I am focused on making our offensive presence better by adding another threat on the outside, slot, or tight end positions. We need to take some focus off of Bowe so he can make some plays this season.
Defense, oh where do I start? How about the secondary with Marcus Cooper and Kendrick Lewis to start. Talk about lack-luster performances from these two at the Corner Back and Free Safety positions. It didn’t take long for every single opposing team to see that these two were the weakest of the secondary and exploit them to no end. Most of them avoided Eric Berry and Brandon Flowers like the plague and went straight to the other side for some big plays and big points. These two need to be replaced or we are going to have real problems next season.
For this Mock Draft I am just going to show what I think the best options are for the first round pick. Until the combines, that are fast approaching, it is all based on their college stats and my general thoughts on each player’s ability. So, without further a-do, let’s get this thing started.
ROUND ONE – Pick #23 – OFFENSE
Robinson measures up at a tall 6 feet 3 inches tall and 210 lbs. After watching this kid play he is not the fastest receiver in this years’ draft class, but he definitely caught my eye with being able to get free of the defenders. He runs routes like he designed them and always seems to be right where he is supposed to be when the ball gets there. He is great at using his height as an advantage over the secondary. If it’s a jump ball that height usually ends up with him coming down with it as his hands are typically 6 to 8 inches above the defenders. I think he would be a great addition to the offense and a definite threat opposite Dwayne Bowe.
This guy is not the biggest receiver, standing at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing in at 186 lbs, but what he lacks in size Cooks more than makes up for with speed. He was a favorite target for the Oregon State quarterback and it is easy to tell why. Cooks had 128 receptions for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns in the 2013 season. He may struggle a bit when being covered man to man, but if it’s a zone read secondary and Cooks gets some open field, look out, this kid can run.
Matthews is similar to Allen Robinson in size and stature. He is also 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 4 pounds less than Robinson at 206. Matthews lacked a high caliber quarterback at Vanderbilt, but was still able to pull in 94 catches in 2012 and 107 in 2013. He is a play maker when the ball is thrown in his direction. He is another great player for jump ball situations as he many times towers over the secondary. He would also be a great player to line up on the opposite side from Bowe.
ROUND ONE – Pick #23 – DEFENSE
If the name sounds familiar then you know your football. Ed Reynolds’ father, also having the same name, played Linebacker for both the New England Patriots and the New York Giants in the 80’s and early 90’s. Reynolds is big for a Safety at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 206 lbs. He is a physical player who does a great job with open field tackling, which the Chiefs could definitely use. Reynolds had an outstanding 301 interception return yards on 6 interceptions for 2013 which he took in for three touchdowns. This size of Safety would definitely be a benefit for the Chiefs secondary.
Hampton is being projected to not go until the second or third round of the draft this year, but I think this guy would be a steal for the Chiefs secondary. Ideally, the third round, since we have no second round pick, would be great, but I wouldn’t take the chance of letting this one slip away. Hampton is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 202 lbs. What makes him so special in my eyes is his ability to change direction with ease. He has a very fluid hip movement which makes it tough for a receiver to get behind him and go over the top. He does have a bit of issue with underneath routes, but I am more concerned about getting beat on the long ball honestly.
Stay tuned for more comprehensive mock drafts which will include more than just the first round. This will come after the combine when there is more updated information about each athlete and their strengths and weaknesses.
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