Round #1 QB Paxton Lynch (Memphis)
Alex Smith will be 31 years old this season and neither Arron Murray or Tyler Bray appears to be Smith’s eventual successor. Lynch has the longest road to NFL stardom of any of the QB’s that will be taken in round one. However, he also possesses the greatest upside. Give him two years under Chiefs HC Andy Reid and Lynch will deliver multiple AFC West titles in Kansas City.
Round #2 WR Braxton Miller (Ohio State)
It’s probably a stretch to think Miller will fall this far but Kansas City must upgrade their WR slot. They are set with Jeremy Maclin and Chris Conley but after that the cupboard is bare. Albert Wilson isn’t an NFL receiver and De’Anthony Thomas hasn’t proved he can take a real hit and get back up. Miller had been a first round talent but he’s fallen.
Round #3 Forfeited
Round #4 CB DJ Wright (Georgia Tech)
The Chiefs would certainly like bigger and more physical cornerbacks on the field. However, Wright despite his 5’11 size has a feel for the position and confidence that make him a perfect choice for the Chiefs in this round. Though offensive line is a critical need for Kansas City, Wright should have been drafted much higher.
Round #5 DT Maelick Collins (Nebraska)
The former Kansas City Kansas standout who had a brilliant career at Central High School, would make an outstanding addition to the Chiefs defensive line. With the Chiefs unwillingness to sign Dontari Poe to a long term contract, Collins would be a solid addition to KC’s defensive line. I still maintain the Chiefs are foolish to stay with their 3-4 front but either way they still need more bodies at the position.
Round #5 S KJ Dillon (West Virginia)
The Florida native isn’t the biggest, strongest or even best Safety likely on the board at this stage of the NFL draft. But like Wright, Dillon understands the position. The Chiefs lost Hussain Abdullah to retirement and they need more depth at the position.
Round #6 G Vadal Alexander (LSU)
Not sure why his draft stock is falling, and let’s be honest LSU players drafted by the Chiefs have yielded mixed results, yet Alexander is really a second day talent who will fall into day three. The Chiefs must get bigger and more agile interior lineman if Reid wants to implement the true prowess of his complex offense.
Round #7 CB Morgan Burns (Kansas State)
I’m told the Chiefs have scouted Burns and likely would offer him an unrestricted FA contract if he’s not drafted. However, he’s a premier special teams performer that could handle punt and kick-off returns for the Chiefs this season.