#22 (from Pittsburgh Steelers) C/G Cameron Erving (Florida State)
Though I’m nowhere near sold on Erving and his ability to jump into the starting center spot for the Kansas City Chiefs, some of the coaching staff spent more time with him on Monday in Florida – so that tells me he is KC’s pick. To me, he’s slightly better than Rodney Hudson when he came to the Chiefs. My issue is the fact Erving has played Tackle, Guard and Center – perfecting none of them.
#49 WR Tyler Lockett (Kansas State)
The Chiefs had solid results when they drafted Tyler’s father, Kevin Lockett in 1997, so let’s hope the son is better than the father at the NFL level. Kevin fits the overall offensive scheme of Head Coach, Andy Reid, so it’s likely (even though he’s a top of the third round talent), the Chiefs won’t pass on the young Wildcat if he’s on the board in the second round.
#80 T Daryl Williams (Oklahoma)
The jury remains out on Donald Stephenson as the teams starting right tackle, so needing to add depth at the offensive line, makes perfect sense for the Chiefs. Williams has the size at 6’5” and girth (325 pounds) to become a fixture in the Chiefs line for years to come. In fact, in my view I’d give him a shot to start at right tackle for the Chiefs this season.
#87 (from Steelers) TE Clive Walford (Miami)
He’s a big boy that would be perfect complement to incumbent starter, Travis Kelce. Known as the best blocking tight end in this draft, he can also catch the ball for a high level of success. At 6’5” and nearly 250 pounds of pure football player, he’s a load to bring down in the middle of the field. With that size, he could also prove to be a valuable red zone threat for the Chiefs.
#98 (compensatory pick) C/G Ali Marpet (Hobart College)
Stealing this draft selection from my Warpaint Illustrated counterpart, Brandon Norris, there is no way Kansas City can pass on his talents at this stage of the draft. Even if the Chiefs take Erving with their first pick, Marpet offers insurance and depth at both center and guard. Should he be able to become the teams starting center in 2015, Erving could slide to right guard – where I think he ultimately belongs in the NFL.
#118 S Gerod Holliman (Louisville)
Last season for the Cardinals he had 14 interceptions and was named the 2015 recipient of Thorpe Award given to the best college football secondary player in the country. The honor is no slouch and Holliman deserved to win it. So why isn’t his draft ceiling higher? He’s fast to the ball, great ball defender skills and solid against the run. The knock on his talents so far might be his inability to become a consistent tackler. That tells me he needs time to develop.
#172 (compensatory pick) WR DaVarious Daniels (Notre Dame)
Yes I’m well aware of his bonehead moves at Notre Dame that centered on his academic fraud and suspension from the program. However, in the later rounds you must take value when it’s right in front of you. He’s a gifted receiver who many scouts feel has some of the best hands in this draft. Maturity is the issue for a long NFL stay, but with Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant on the team, the kid could become a blossoming player under their guidance.
#173 (compensatory pick) DT Gabe Wright (Auburn)
He doesn’t quite have the size, tipping the scales at 300 plus pounds, that you want for a defensive tackle, but he could add some girth to his 6’3” frame in the NFL. Scouting reports suggest he’s a far better pass rusher than run stopper and that’s why he’s still on the board at the end of the fifth round. However, he comes from a good college program and he’ll certainly add depth spelling, Dontari Poe, for a series or two every game.
#193 ILB Ben Heeney (Kansas)
This is a huge area of weakness for the Chiefs and Heeney has some upside. Scouts don’t like the fact he’s undersized, probably can’t add any more bulk but he plays with a fire this defense needs. There have been numerous small inside linebackers that have made it in the NFL and this guy leaves every drop of NFL ability whenever he’s on the field. He reminds me of former Chiefs linebacker, Boomer Grigsby. Will Heeney become next Chiefs cult hero? My Jayhawks blood says yes!
#217 (compensatory pick) RB David Cobb (Minnesota)
In adding to a strength, Cobb has excellent rushing skills and runs with a low center of gravity. He’s not going to grab you with his height but he’s strong and will bull you over if given a chance. He’d be another offensive weapon for the Chiefs and a solid pick up at running back.
#233 WR Darren Waller (Georgia Tech)
With a frame that reaches 6’6” in height, the 230 pound Yellow Jacket receiver is one my favorite late round picks left on the board. For a man of his size, who I could see play tight end at the NFL level, Waller has every pass catching quality you want in a receiver. He proved a match up nightmare against college linebackers and that tells me he can find success in the NFL. Even though he’s inhibited with my NFL speed, and this would make three receivers selected by the Chiefs in this draft, Waller possesses hands of seventh round gold.