The AP Nerd Squad provides a full first-round mock, followed by a full Chiefs NFL Draft.
The NFL Combine is well underway, so we decided to do a full first-round mock draft — and the rest of the Chiefs picks in the draft on the AP Draft Show. We did not consider trades in this mock.
Here’s how we think the first round could shake out:
1. Cincinnati Bengals – QB Joe Burrow, LSU
No surprise here. Burrow is a premium player at the most important position.
2. Washington Redskins – EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
Washington gets the best player in the draft should they keep this pick.
3. Detroit Lions – CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State
A perfect trade-back spot for Detroit to accumulate a lot of draft capital.
4. New York Giants – OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama
Protection for last year’s first-round quarterback Daniel Jones.
5. Miami Dolphins – QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The Dolphins are primed to move up to select a quarterback earlier if they need to.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Imagine being in the AFC West and needing a quarterback. Cannot relate.
7. Carolina Panthers – DL Derrick Brown, Auburn
Excellent value for the Panthers to get an impact, culture-building defensive lineman.
8. Arizona Cardinals – WR Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma
Kliff Kingsbury said this week that if it were up to Kyler Murray, the Cardinals would draft Ceedee Lamb. We gave him his wish in this scenario.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
The Olathe product becomes a top-10 selection.
10. Cleveland Browns – OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Do not sleep on the idea of Becton going top five. He very well could.
11. New York Jets – OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
Wirfs quieted speculation that he’ll have to kick inside to guard, but regardless of where he lines up, the Jets would get good value here.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
The rat race to keep up with the Chiefs’ explosive offense begins.
13. Indianapolis Colts – QB Jordan Love, Utah State
Chris Ballard takes a swing on a high-upside quarterback to develop behind an excellent offensive line.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Possibly a sleeper for quarterback. They get someone to protect whoever lines up under center here.
15. Denver Broncos – WR Henry Ruggs
Some believe Ruggs could challenge the 40-yard dash record. Denver tries to keep up with Mahomes and company.
16. Atlanta Falcons – EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
The failure of Vic Beasley doesn’t scare them away from getting an impact EDGE.
17. Dallas Cowboys – DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
A deep draft drops a talented interior lineman into the Cowboys’ lap.
18. Miami Dolphins – EDGE AJ Epenesa, Iowa
The second of three draft picks is spent on a high-upside, versatile defensive lineman.
19. Las Vegas Raiders – LB Patrick Queen, LSU
A KC Draft Guide favorite goes to a rival to help slow down the Chiefs offense.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
Jacksonville finds their replacement for Jalen Ramsey.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
An athletic freak with high upside and explosive-play potential.
22. Buffalo Bills – WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
While underdeveloped, Aiyuk has the potential to be a play maker.
23. New England Patriots – S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Bill Belichick values smart safeties, and McKinney is that, plus high football character and a quality athletic profile.
24. New Orleans Saints – CB CJ Henderson, Florida
One of the best coverage players in the draft but has effort and tackling questions.
25. Minnesota Vikings – EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
Gross-Matos this late is great value as the Vikings try to re-tool and maintain a quality defense.
26. Miami Dolphins – OT Josh Jones, Houston
The Dolphins use their final first-round pick to protect their new quarterback.
27. Seattle Seahawks – IOL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
Seattle takes the top interior offensive lineman and the only one in the first round of this mock.
28. Baltimore Ravens – LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
Another potential Chiefs target taken before KC gets its opportunity.
29. Tennessee Titans – CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
A bad string of luck for the Chiefs as another quality corner falls off the board.
30. Green Bay Packers – WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
Aaron Rodgers needs help. Higgins is great value late round one.
31. San Francisco 49ers – S Grant Delpit, LSU
The 49ers take a swing on a talented player who people would’ve been shocked was available this late if you’d asked in September.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – CB Cameron Dantzler
There are some concerns about Dantzler’s frame, but everything else about seems like a great fit for the Chiefs. While a little slight, Dantzler is a physical, competitive corner in the run and pass game. He has good feet and long speed to pair with excellent length. Some may see this as a reach, but we don’t.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – IOL Netane Muti, Fresno State
The Chiefs help protect the soon-to-be highest paid player in NFL history with a physical mauler that moves well in Muti. While he has an injury history that will require some digging into, the Fresno State lineman was dominant at times when on the field.
96. Kansas City Chiefs – LB Justin Strnad, Wake Forest
A will linebacker that would improve the athleticism and coverage skills the linebacker group desperately needs.
I asked Strnad what it’d be like to be drafted by the Chiefs: “It’d be awesome. I talked to my brother about (the idea of) it after meeting with them. To play alongside guys like Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill. Along with a great player in the Honey Badger and Juan Thornhill, a great rookie. Going into a winning culture and a team coming off a championship, I think that’d be special.”
128. Kansas City Chiefs – WR Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin
Cephus falls victim to a very deep draft class in this scenario and the Chiefs benefit.
Quintez Cephus WR #87
Under the radar WR that plays as physical as anyone else in the class. During the route, at the catch point, after the catch.. he’s out to win the situation
– Strong frame
– + Quick feet
– Good CoD and burst
– ATTACKS the ball
– Relishes in physicality pic.twitter.com/ERFNTQDFmw
— Matt Lane (@ChiefinCarolina) February 27, 2020
160. Kansas City Chiefs – EDGE Ladarius Hamilton, North Texas
This is probably a little early for Hamilton, but the Chiefs currently have only five picks and they look to add a pass rusher to finalize their class.
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Arrowhead Pride Laboratory
We broke down the entire mock draft this week on the AP Draft Show.