It is officially NFL Draft season! To celebrate, we here at OTH are bringing as many four-round mock drafts as possible. Next up, we have the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs fell just short of the Super Bowl in 2021 following a season with an up-and-down play on both sides of the ball. They have since lost several of their most prominent players on offense and defense, including trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins.
The team now has a glaring hole at wide receiver while also needing a starting cornerback after losing Charvarious Ward in free agency. Edge rusher has been one of the team’s biggest needs for several years as the Frank Clark experiment apparently failed. Luckily for the team, this is an incredibly deep draft class, especially at the positions Kansas City needs.
The Chiefs have twelve picks in this year’s draft, including eight in the first four rounds. With a loaded chest of draft capital, the team can fill some of their starting holes and restock on their thinning depth.
Round 1, Pick 21
Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Trades are hard to predict but that’s what I’m doing here. The Patriots are nearly always a lock to trade back and with the Chiefs having so much ammunition, it would not be unbelievable should they pull the trigger and send New England their 29th, 103rd, and 135th picks.
Jameson Williams is coming off of an ACL tear he suffered in the CFP Championship Game but prior to the injury, he was viewed as the WR1 in this draft class by many. There is no replacing Tyreek Hill but Williams will certainly help alleviate the loss with his game-breaking speed and burst. He’s a solid route runner who knows how to get open and make defenders miss in the open field. He also provides scheme versatility and can play inside or out. When you package all of this together, Williams is a great fit for the Chiefs.
Round 1, Pick 30
George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
George Karlaftis seemed like a lock in the top 20 at one point but he is starting to slide and the Chiefs could be the big winners of that shift. KC’s depth at edge rusher is among the worst in the NFL. They desperately need to add bodies to the rotation and Karlaftis is capable of immediately becoming a Day-One starter. Furthermore, he does not have great speed but his power and motor are amongst the best in the draft making him a strong fit in the defensive scheme.
Round 2, Pick 18 (50)
Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
Replacing Tyreek Hill will not be easy so Kansas City double-dips at wide receiver and add another blazing-speed guy in Skyy Moore. Moore is an aggressive route runner that consistently gets into defensive backs quickly and then loses them with his speedy, violent-like cuts. In addition, his body control and aggressiveness allow him to win against defensive backs who are bigger and stronger than him. He would help retain the dynamic that Tyreek Hill brought to the team.
Round 2, Pick 30 (62)
Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA
Tariq Woolen is one of the most athletic corners in the draft. The Chiefs have shown a propensity for drafting athletes with the hope of developing them. Woolen adds impressive speed to the secondary that allows him to match up with any wide receiver. He started his career as a receiver so he still has some rawness to him but the potential is there for Kansas City.
Round 3, Pick 30 (94)
Joshua Paschal, DE, Kentucky
Joshua Paschal is another athlete with raw potential that the Chiefs can take a swing at. Paschal is a very large defensive end standing at 6″4 and weighing 278 pounds. This size gives him sufficient versatility and allows him to play in any alignment along the defensive line. Kansas City has proven they like defensive linemen that they can move around the line and create different packages with. Paschal would add some much-needed youthfulness, size, and power to the defensive line.
Round 4, Pick 16 (121)
Nick Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
The AFC West champions completely revamped their offensive line last season and it worked. They have added incredible power and toughness to the group. The posts from left tackle through right guard are figured out but the right tackle job remains a question mark.
That’s where Nick Petit-Frere comes in. He has good size and power that would make him able to fit in with the rest of the offensive line. His pass blocking ability needs some work but his power and run blocking are too much for Chiefs general manager Brett Veach to pass on at this point in the draft.
Kansas City Chiefs 4-Round Recap
Firstly, Jameson Williams immediately becomes the Chiefs’ WR1 and adds more speed to the offense. At the same time, George Karlaftis lacks speed but his effort will make him a starting edge-rusher come Week 1. All in all, Kansas City would have two homerun picks if their first-round fell like this.
Secondly, Round Two focused on athletes with incredible speed. Skyy Moore will add even more speed to the offense while also giving them someone who is dangerous in the open field. Tariq Woolen is a size/speed freak type athlete that the Chiefs would love to add. Both players need some polishing but offer a ton of upside.
Finally, the third and fourth rounds open the door for the Chiefs to take players that add versatility and depth. Josh Paschal, for instance, can be moved anywhere on the defensive line and become a rotational player. Nick Petit-Frere, in the meantime, gives the team competition at right tackle and allows them to add another strong run blocker.
Overall, the Chiefs will look much different next year. However, this draft allows them to continue to compete for the No.1 seed in the AFC while also building key talent and depth for the future.