2014 Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft: In-Season Edition
John Dorsey has had one whole season as general manager of the Chiefs and things are looking up for the franchise. With a dominant defense, a safe quarterback, and a strong running game the Chiefs have won every game this year in convincing fashion.
Since Dorsey took the helm in January, he had little time to directly prepare for a Chiefs draft. The 2013 Draft yielded what is hopefully the left tackle of the future in Eric Fisher, but other than him this draft class has hardly touched the field, which is understandable for a team that’s undefeated. Adding a couple more impact players for next season and filling a few roster holes left behind from departing players will be vital for Dorsey this offseason.
First Round: Jordan Matthews, Wide Receiver, Vanderbilt
At this point in the season the Chiefs should be picking towards the end of the first round where Matthews will likely go. Matthews is a receiver with good size and speed. He lacks elite speed but he’s a crisp route runner who attacks the ball in the air to bring in some tougher to catch passes.
With Dexter McCluster headed to free agency and Donnie Avery not exactly being starting caliber I think wide-receiver becomes a big need. Matthews can easily fill that need and he’d certainly be an upgrade at the position. A combo of Matthews and Dwayne Bowe would be great for the Chiefs.
Third Round: Anthony Steen, Offensive Guard, Alabama
Offensive-line could be an issue for the Chiefs come this offseason as Branden Albert is very likely to depart in free agency and Jon Asamoah is also an unrestricted free agent. Include the fact that backups Geoff Schwartz is an unrestricted free agent and Ricky Henry is a restricted free agent, and this could be a group to see a lot of change.
Steen isn’t an elite prospect and can seem a little lost on who to block at times and that can be fixed. Steen does a good job in pass blocking but can struggle with faster interior players but he can succeed in the NFL. Steen can step right into Asamoahs spot if the Chiefs elect to not resign him.
Fourth Round: Ben Gardner, Defensive End, Stanford
Finding a replacement for unrestricted free agent Tyson Jackson will be needed this offseason and Ben Gardner would replace him well.
Jackson has been playing well this season so it’s likely he’ll get more money elsewhere than the Chiefs are willing to give him.
Gardner is very strong and quick off the snap, he doesn’t have great bend off the edge and that’s why he’ll make a better interior rusher than an outside rusher.
He has impressive stack and shed ability which will really help him in the running game.
Fifth Round: Jack Mewhort, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State
A tackle is needed to replace Branden Albert and although Mewhort may not start right away he’d be a good addition. Mewhort lacks above average strength and it shows in his first punch blocking but he’s very athletic and capable. Mewhort will do best at the right-tackle spot after Eric Fisher moves to left-tackle next season.
Sixth Round: Kenny Ladler, Safety, Vanderbilt
With Kendrick Lewis, Quintin Demps, and Husain Abdullah all set to be unrestricted free agents safety looks like a thin position for the Chiefs. Ladler won’t be a saving grace at the position but he could easily be a backup with some special-teams ability.
Seventh Round: Colt Lyerla, Tight End, Oregon
Lyerla could easily go higher in the draft but with his off field problems he very well could be undrafted all together. Lyerla will be a popular late round pick in mocks based on his talent. Although Travis Kelce was just drafted last year in the third round he isn’t the greatest athlete at the tight-end position. Lyerla can step in and create mismatches as a second or third tight-end on the roster, and if he keeps his nose clean (pun intended), he could easily be worth the shot the team would give him.