While Evan Hoovler continues to scrape at the worst teams in the league, I have more scholarly pursuits. Yesterday, I figured out how the 49ers might use the draft to get over the Super Bowl hump. Today, I take a look at the team that took down the 49ers, the Kansas City Chiefs. In this Kansas City Chiefs mock draft I will help them return to the Super Bowl to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. They need to get their hands on some key positions that luckily work out for them in this draft. A big thanks is owed to @grittybeard13 on Twitter for letting me run this by him before clicking publish.
The Chiefs are in cap hell right now and are unlikely to make all their picks, instead trying to kick the contract can down the road by trading their late picks for 2021 picks. Ultimately, they only have five picks right now, so let’s see this thing to the bitter end
Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick 32 – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Chiefs almost lost Bashaud Breeland to free agency, but have him back on just a one-year deal. Dynamic cornerback Kendall Fuller returned to Washington, the team KC traded Alex Smith to in order to obtain Fuller’s services. The Chiefs need to get a cornerback of the future. Fulton sat for over a year due to contaminating a drug test but allowed just six first downs and touchdowns combined in 2019.
Round 2, Pick 63 (from San Francisco) – Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
The Chiefs need to get stronger up front, and Justin Madubuike at the backend of the second round should do just that for them. He is a little small and can’t ever be handled as an NT, but as an interior defensive lineman, he should work just fine. He’ll win with smarts, athleticism, and quickness, three things he has in abundance. He’ll never be a marquee guy but works as a great glue player at the backend of the second round.
Round 3, Pick 96 – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
After addressing the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs get a three-down back who can compete with Damien Williams (and supplant Williams when he gets hurt). Akers is my #5 running back in this class, and he comes off the board a round later than Clyde Edwards-Helaire here. He’s an athletic and dynamic back, with exceptional cutting skills and extremely enviable contact balance. His passing game chops are a little rough at times, but Florida State didn’t ask him to do much in this respect. His pass protection can be exceptionally rough, so he’s likely a first-and-second-down back to start his NFL career. He averaged just about two catches per game in college, so that might be his ceiling. Still, he’s a great banger for the Chiefs to have.
Round 4, Pick 138 – Robert Hunt, OT, Louisiana
The Chiefs don’t really need an offensive tackle as much as they need a guard. Luckily, Hunt profiles to kick inside in the NFL, and getting him towards the end of round four is, to be honest, likely a glitch in the draft software. He grades out awfully among tackles, but as a guard, he ranks as one of the best in the class. Case in point: The Athletic’s Top-300 prospect ranks him as the best guard in the class, at very nice #69 overall.
Round 5, Pick 177 – Shaun Bradley, ILB, Temple
This is a slight reach in this Chiefs mock draft, as NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein has him as a sixth- or seventh-round selection in the NFL draft. However, they can’t get out of this one without snagging an inside linebacker and it’s their last pick. Their current rotation got better as the season wore on, but no player drafted in the first three rounds is seeing significant snaps there. It’s a position that could use an upgrade, and the Chiefs use their last pick to throw another ILB into the mix there.
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