In his new projection, Jeff Kerr goes back to the basics.
On Friday, CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr released a new one-round mock draft. After a week in which the new mocks imagined different kinds of first-round picks for the Kansas City Chiefs, Kerr returned to the fold.
31. Teven Jenkins • OL • Oklahoma State
Prospect Rank: 24th
Position Rank: 5th
The Chiefs run to the podium and select Jenkins, who starts at one of the tackle spots and protects Patrick Mahomes for the next several years. Jenkins can play both tackle and guard, as the tape shows he is an NFL-ready prospect.
Kerr is probably right: the Chiefs would waste no time to make this selection. In his mock, Kerr projects seven wide receivers and five quarterbacks will be taken in the first round. That makes it a little easier for a player like Jenkins — who usually comes off the board somewhere in the mid-20s — to fall to the Chiefs at 31. After Penei Sewell, Rashawn Slater, Christian Darrisaw and Alijah Vera-Tucker, Kerr thinks Jenkins will be the fifth offensive lineman taken.
But here’s the question: after Vera-Tucker is taken at 17, would Chiefs general manager Brett Veach be able to resist the temptation to trade up before he’s on the clock at 31 — especially if the first four offensive linemen have been chosen over the course of 13 selections?
That answer would probably depend upon whether Veach has been able to acquire a veteran offensive tackle before the draft.