Draft Analysis

NFL Draft Needs: Chiefs

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is the Senior Football Editor for Rotoworld's NFL Page, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) leads Rotoworld's college football and NFL draft coverage. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential draft-day solutions.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.


No. 1 Team Need: Cornerback



Silva's Analysis


The Chiefs didn't put up much of a fight as Sean Smith walked in free agency, but it isn't because they're flush with cornerback talent. Behind potential future superstar LCB Marcus Peters, Kansas City has only Phillip Gaines (ACL), slot prospect Steven Nelson and routine burn victim Marcus Cooper. Under DC Bob Sutton, the Chiefs play press-man coverage and ask their cornerbacks to win one on one versus wide receivers.


No. 2 Team Need: Offensive Line

Silva's Analysis

The Chiefs seemed satisfied with Eric Fisher's 2015 transition to left tackle, and shored up right tackle by signing Mitchell Schwartz from Cleveland. While Mitch Morse may have a bright future at center, Zach Fulton and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif are liabilities at guard. In an ideal world, Kansas City would upgrade on Fulton and move him into a swing guard-center reserve role. The Chiefs' biggest offensive line need is left guard.


No. 3 Team Need: Defensive Line

Silva's Analysis

Wide receiver and outside linebacker also deserve mentions here; the Chiefs could use one more talented prospect out wide, and word at the NFL Owners Meetings was that OLB Justin Houston's (ACL) 2016 season is in jeopardy. Defensive line is a more pressing need with NT Dontari Poe entering a contract year and a shallow depth chart at end behind starters Jaye Howard and Allen Bailey.



Norris' Mock Draft

Round 1 (28): DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama - It seems that A’Shawn’s projection is settling where it should have been this whole time: a late first- or second-round pick. Robinson’s foundation is a strong run defender at the line of scrimmage. If he offers upfield disruption early on, it is not because he created pressure at Alabama. Robinson also tested like a limited athlete.


Round 2 (59): CB Sean Davis, Maryland - Davis is Eric Rowe; an outstanding athlete who split time between corner and safety. I really like Davis’ game. When in phase as a press man corner, Davis can locate and play the ball in the air and contest the catch point.


Round 4 (126): G Joe Thuney, NC State - The Chiefs prioritized athleticism last year with Mitch Morse. It worked out very well. Thuney offers an athletic skill set at guard, but also has plenty of experience at tackle. One of my favorite prospects in this class.


Round 5 (162): LB Blake Martinez, Stanford - The Chiefs have yet to find an inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson after years of searching. Martinez is more of a role player who does his best work in coverage.


Round 5 (165): WR Devon Cajuste, Stanford - On the field, I wonder if Andy Reid sees some Riley Cooper in Cajuste’s game. His testing was very good, including some of the best agility scores we have ever seen.


Round 6 (203): OL Spencer Drango, Baylor - Drango is a big name, but his game doesn’t match it. He likely moves inside to guard in the NFL.


Round 7 (249): DB Jamie Byrd, USF - Byrd played a hybrid safety/corner/slot position at USF, at least in the games I watched.




Chiefs Current Offensive Depth Chart


QB: Alex Smith


RB: Jamaal Charles


WR: Jeremy Maclin


WR: Albert Wilson


WR: Chris Conley


TE: Travis Kelce


LT: Eric Fisher


LG: Zach Fulton


C: Mitch Morse


RG: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif


RT: Mitchell Schwartz


Chiefs Current Defensive Depth Chart


LE: Jaye Howard


RE: Allen Bailey


NT: Dontari Poe


ILB: Derrick Johnson


ILB: Josh Mauga


OLB: Tamba Hali


OLB: Dee Ford


LCB: Marcus Peters


RCB: Phillip Gaines


FS: Ron Parker


SS: Eric Berry

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