With the offseason underway, it’s time to take a look at the 2021 Kansas City Chiefs mock draft. The build-up to the 2021 NFL Draft will look vastly different due to the NFL scouting combine being canceled. Lower-tier players will have a harder time moving up draft boards.
Game film and pro days will be more valuable than ever. Historically, the Kansas Chiefs have done well at developing later-round picks. With no combine to evaluate and interview players, the Chiefs’ current front office will be tested like never before. With all of that in mind, here is the Chiefs mock draft for the 2021 season.
Chiefs Mock Draft
Round 1 | Alijah Vera-Tucker | Offensive Line
With the 31st pick, I have Alijah Vera-Tucker going to Kansas City in the Chiefs mock draft. There are several routes the Chiefs could go in the first round. The offensive line seems the most likely at this point given the current age, injury history, and amount of free agents the Chiefs have on the line. So the first pick of the Chiefs mock draft is Alijah Vera-Tucker. Vera-Tucker is a versatile lineman who can take snaps anywhere along the offensive line. That versatility makes him a very attractive option.
Round 2 | Chazz Surratt | Linebacker
In this Chiefs mock draft, I have Chazz Surratt going 63rd overall. The Chiefs lack playmakers in the middle of the field. Willie Gay was selected in the second round of the 2020 draft to add speed and coverage ability to the linebackers. The Chiefs will double down on a linebacker in this Chiefs mock draft second round when they select Surratt. Surratt still has a lot of learning to do as he played quarterback before switching to linebacker in 2019. Surratt has the speed, mobility, and physicality that the Chiefs desperately need at linebacker.
Round 3 | Cameron Sample | Defensive End
At 95th overall Kansas City should consider taking Cameron Sample, as he would be a great pick for the Chiefs here. They desperately need pass rushers and run defenders along the defensive line. The third round in this Chiefs mock draft is where help is targeted. Sample has the upside to do both. Sample has a strong lower body which will allow him to be stout in the run game.
He also has powerful hands, a quick first step, and a natural ability to gain leverage which will help him develop into a pass rusher. Sample had a strong Senior Bowl performance and won defensive player of the game. There is still some polishing to be done but Sample is an intriguing prospect that would give the Chiefs help along the defensive line.
Round 4 | Whop Philyor | Wide Receiver
Whop Philyor would be a smart selection for the Cheifs. Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson are both set to hit free agency which leaves the Chiefs thin at wide receiver. In the fourth round of this Chiefs mock draft, the wide receiver depth is acquired. Philyor is a slot receiver with a smaller frame that has 4.3 type speed and makes plays with the ball in his hands. In other words, he is a perfect fit for the Chiefs and Andy Reid.
Round 4 | Daelin Hayes | Edge
With one of the Chiefs compensatory pick, they should consider drafting Daelin Hayes. As mentioned above, the Chiefs need help rushing the passer. Hayes has the size and smoothness to develop into an effective pass rusher at the next level. His ability right now would allow him to step in as a rotational pass rusher for the Chiefs.
Round 5 | Deommodore Lenoir | Cornerback
Deommodore Lenoir is a solid cornerback for Kansas City in the Chiefs mock draft. Cornerback is another position where the Chiefs have pending free agents (Bashaud Breeland, Charvarius Ward) and could look to provide more depth in the draft. Lenoir is undersized but he is a talented athlete that competes on every snap. He will likely take time to develop but he has the potential that makes him worthy of a flier in the fifth round of the Chiefs mock draft.
Round 5 | Trey Hill | Center
Trey Hill would be a great choice with the Chiefs compensatory pick. Austin Reiter will be another free agent along the Chiefs’ offensive line. The Chiefs look to continue adding young pieces to the offensive line with their second pick in the fifth round of this Chiefs mock draft. Hill is a power blocker that is excellent in the run game. Hill lacks in pass protection but his power in the running game would allow him to play center or guard and provide more depth for the team.
Round 6 | Micah McFadden | Linebacker
With the final pick in the Chiefs mock draft, Kansas City selects, Micah McFadden. Linebacker depth is added with McFadden. McFadden brings more speed to the second level and will add youth to the depth chart.
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