KCCD Editor: Elliot Dennis
With free agency basically over for the Chiefs (Branden Albert trade still waiting to happen), the team’s needs left will be filled by the draft. I’ll determine who the Chiefs might select in every round (comp picks included) in this 7 round mock draft.
Round 1 (1)
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Is there any other pick this could be? Every move the Chiefs made in free agency has shown they’re going to select a tackle with the first pick. They filled their need at corner (Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson), defensive end (Mike DeVito), and they’re trying to trade LT Branden Albert. Joeckel is the safest pick in this draft and the #1 rated tackle on the board. This is a no-brainer pick for the Chiefs.
Joeckel was a big part of Johnny Manziel’s success last season. He started out a bit slow, but was came on very strong against LSU and was tremendous to close the season. He has the ability to be a dominant pass-protector for some team for a very long time. A lot of scouts grade him out higher than Matt Kalil graded out in last year’s draft. He’s a top-talent that the Chiefs could use.
Round 3 (63)
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Even with the Donnie Avery signing, the Chiefs have a need at wide receiver. Jon Baldwin has been a bust, Dexter McCluster hasn’t worked out in the slot, and Devon Wylie hasn’t shown any promise so far. Wheaton would give the Chiefs a legit receiving weapon.
Wheaton is an explosive prospect at receiver. He shows great quickness and is a great route runner. Wheaton hauled in 91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Beavers in 2012. He also ran 20 times for 142 yards and a pair of scores. Wheaton would be a great pick at the top of round 3.
Round 3 (96)
Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Probably the Chiefs biggest need left is at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson. Brandon Siler is an okay backup, but he’s not starter material. The Chiefs need to find an upgrade here.
Alonso was a quality player for the Ducks this year. The second team all-conference performer totaled 87 tackles, 16 for a loss, four interceptions, seven pass deflections, and two forced fumbles this past season. He’s an athletic player that could fit in the Chiefs 3-4 scheme.
Round 4 (99)
Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson
Even with the additions of Mike Devito and Daniel Muir this offseason, the Chiefs could still use some defensive line help. Tyson Jackson might not be back after this year and other than DeVito, the rest of the defensive ends on the Chiefs roster are just rotational guys.
Goodman is a perfect fit for a 3-4 defensive end at 6’4″, 276 lbs. He totaled 20 tackles, 9.5 for a loss, with seven sacks, and four forced fumbles his senior season for the Tigers. I interviewed Goodman back in February.
Round 5 (134)
Zac Dysert, QB, Miami OH
The Chiefs currently have three quarterbacks on the roster (Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Ricky Stanzi), but I assume they’ll add another to that fold for training camp to compete with Stanzi for the third spot. Dysert once had the hype of a second-third round pick, but his stock has fallen quite a bit since then.
Dysert was a four-year starter for the Redhawks and showed great improvement all four seasons. He finished his senior campaign by completing 62.9% of his passes for 3,483 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He’s got prototypical quarterback size at 6’4″, 228 lbs and has a good, not great, arm.
Round 6 (170)
Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
The Chiefs need to find a back to compliment Jamaal Charles. They have Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray, but neither of those guys looked spectacular last season.
Stacy was a workhorse back for the Commodores the past two seasons. In 2012, Stacy rushed 207 times for 1,141 times and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 205 yards. Stacy runs with great power and he solidified his speed by running a 4.55 at the combine.
Round 6 (204)
Mario Benavides, C, Louisville
The Chiefs need to find a serviceable backup in case Rodney Hudson goes down again. Ryan Lilja was good playing center whenever Hudson went down in 2012, but he recently retired.
Benavides is another four-year starter. He’s proven capable and could be a steal in the sixth round. He’s a great run blocker and is serviceable in pass protection. He had a dominant performance blocking North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams last season.
Round 7 (207)
Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State
The past few seasons, the Chiefs have been missing a great fullback to lead the way for Jamaal Charles and the KC rushing attack. Wilson is a great blocker and might be that player for the Chiefs.