Kansas City Chiefs Post Free Agency 2022 Seven Round Mock Draftby Michael Schiro April 11, 2022 0 comments
The Kansas City Chiefs pulled off a massive trade involving Tyreek Hill, which set the NFL world on fire. However, they are in a great spot with 11 picks in the draft, including five in the top 100. While the loss of Hill has killed the receiving core, this draft is loaded at the position. The defense is a train wreck, and the potential loss of Tyrann Mathieu could be huge. At the same time, the team has a lot of holes on the roster that Patrick Mahomes has covered up. With the Chiefs failing to win the Super Bowl the last two years, this draft can revamp the team and get them back to the big game.
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Round 1, Pick 29: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
The Chiefs have struggled to find starting-caliber corners since Mahomes was drafted. They desperately need to find a new No. 1 corner and an overall better defense to compete in the AFC. While other teams are loading their teams to contest, Kansas City has lost talent. However, Elam is the guy who can come in immediately and be the Chiefs’ starting corner. He is an immediate threat to any opposing quarterback with his ability to play both man and zone with his excellent ball skills.
For more on Elam, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 1, Pick 30: Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
Burks is a big-time playmaker and a perfect fit with Andy Reid. However, the Arkansas product is not in the mold of Hill, so Reid will have to change his system a bit. Burks is not a severe threat; more of an intermediate and short threat. He is a large-frame version of these players with an NFL comparison to A.J. Brown and Chris Godwin. Coming in at 6’3″, he is a tall and physical player who possesses better than average speed. He can play the screen and quick game alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster.
For more on Burks, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 2, Pick 50: Demarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M
Since getting paid, Chris Jones and Frank Clark have been subpar with a lack production. However, in the second half of the season, Jones found his groove and returned to his original self. The pairing of Jones, Leal, and Clark could be horrifying. However, having Leal start and Clark off the bench could be the jolt to revitalize the latter’s career. Leal is a clone of Jones; however, he might be better in every way. While he has first-round talent, the crop of players is so deep that he falls to the early second round. Furthermore, the Chiefs need better pressure on the quarterback, and with Leal being able to play inside and out, he is exceptional at making them see ghosts.
For more on Leal, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 2, Pick 62: Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
The Chiefs made a mistake drafting Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the 2020 NFL Draft. With his injury concerns and lack of production in the running game, the team will not give him a second contract. However, Spiller and Edwards-Helaire could form a great one-two punch for the next few years. With Spiller being used as a sledgehammer up the middle, Edwards-Helaire serves the role of a pass-catching and outside threat. Now that Hill is gone and Burks is stepping in, the team would be going from big-play explosiveness to pound the rock and quick game. While the explosive plays won’t disappear, they will not be as frequent. Spiller has a violent running style and the bruising mentality that Kansas City needs.
For more on Spiller, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 3, Pick 94: Mykael Wright, CB, Oregon
With Elam just one guy, he cannot cover the whole field and that is where Wright steps in. With zero starting talent corners in the roster currently, Wright and Elam would make a good duo. However, while Elam has the potential to become a top-five corner in the league, Wright won’t reach that. Although, Wright is a day one starter and could grow into a franchise talent. Furthermore, Wright can also play in the team’s slot, which is desperately needed in the AFC West.
Round 3, Pick 103: JoJo Domann, LB, Nebraska
The Chiefs have little depth at the linebacker core and zero good depth. Drafting Domann would have a massive upside for Kansas City that is much needed. However, with a defensive line rotation of Clark, Leal, and Jones, the linebacker will have an easy job cleaning up running backs. Along with his physical nature in the run game, he is also fluid in pass defense.
Round 4, Pick 121: DeAngelo Malone, EDGE, Western Kentucky
Malone had an outstanding career at Western Kentucky, earning him a solid draft spot. With the Chiefs needing young and talented edge depth, Malone is perfect. However, he is a raw prospect and needs time to refine his skills. At the same time, he does have a lot of solid foundational skills that can make him be a part of the rotation as a rookie. While Malone will not ever be a Pro Bowl player, he definitely can become a valuable role player.
Round 4, Pick 135: Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati
After taking Elam in the first round, the Chiefs still need more talent on the boundary. Elam has the skillset and mindset to become a top-three corner in the league, and Bryant can become a top-seven corner in the company. Bryant will be the boundary corner opposite Elam, and that pairing will be electric. With this draft for the Chiefs being all about reloading up defensive talent and offensive, Bryant is a perfect fit. However, the team never had exceptional corner talent during the Mahomes tenure, and Elam, Bryant, and Wright can fix that.
For more on Bryant, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 7, Pick 233: Amare Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech
Barno is a player that every team should be targeting in the last two rounds. Barno’s technical skill set is fantastic, but he needs to grow into his body. At 6’5″, 245 lbs, he has decent body size, but he needs to gain more muscle and mass. In addition, however, his footwork needs to be refined to eliminate his ghost step and false moves.
For more on Barno, check out our scouting report on him.
Round 7, Pick 243: Obinna Eze, OT, TCU
Lucas Niang is currently the starter at right tackle, with it being a problem for the team, and the Chiefs do not have a good backup depth. Eze is someone who can slot right into the backup role and become the team’s backup swing tackle. With Eze having a potential chance to start over Niang by the end of the season, he could be a big-time player for Kansas City.
Round 7, Pick 251: Bubba Bolden, S, Miami
Bolden not only has a Hall of Fame name, he also has the skill set to become a rotation role player. Originally from USC, he had to withdraw from the school due to legal reasons but found a home at Miami (FL). Bolden missed the entire 2019 season due to an Achilles injury that sidelined him. With a breakout year in 2020, when he dominated for the Hurricanes, he continued to play at a high level. He will be an excellent player for any team with incredible range and instincts. However, he will fall in the draft, as injuries and the off-field issues are a concern for him. Reid and his staff have shown that they do not mind taking a problem player, and Bolden fits the team’s needs.
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