The Nerd Squad projects what the rest of the NFL will do before the Chiefs pick at the end of the second round.
Since the Kansas City Chiefs no longer have a first round pick, the Wednesday edition of the Arrowhead Pride Draft Show podcast included a full two-round mock draft.
Here are the selections as we see them:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
In KC Draft Guide history, Lawrence has the highest grade we’ve ever given.
Wilson gets a chance to change the Jets’ fortunes.
3. San Francisco 49ers – QB Mac Jones, Alabama
I wouldn’t. But Kyle Shanahan is all about it.
4. Atlanta Falcons – QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
A worthy swing at the most important position in sports. They may not pick this high — Lance would go first in next year’s draft.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – WR Ja’Marr Chase
Reunited with Joe Burrow — and it feels so good.
6. Miami Dolphins – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
Dynamic pass catcher with more-than-capable blocking ability. Pitts is a unique player.
Denver movse up to secure my personal QB2 from this class.
8. Carolina Panthers – OT Penei Sewell Oregon
The Panthers are thrilled to have a talented offensive tackle fall to them.
9. Detroit Lions (trade with Denver) – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Lions secure one of the fastest players in the class — and a big-time playmaker.
10. Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Surtain II
The son of former Chief Patrick Surtain is the first defensive player off the board.
11. New York Giants – LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
Find me a more Dave Gettleman pick. I dare you.
12. Arizona Cardinals (trade with Philadelphia) – WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Arizona moves ahead of the Patriots to secure the Heisman winner.
13. Los Angeles Chargers – OT Rashawn Slater
If the Chargers want their chances of winning the AFC West to continue to be overhyped, protecting Justin Herbert is a must.
14. Minnesota Vikings – EDGE Kwity Paye, Michigan
Offensive line was strongly considered here, but Paye’s traits are special.
15. New England Patriots – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
For Bill Belichick, linebacker versatility is a must — and Collins has that.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (from Arizona) – CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
The Eagles are a year away from being a year away. After trading back, they grab a quality cornerback with an outstanding athletic profile.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – OT Christian Darrisaw
Massive changes to the offensive line requires an early investment. The Raiders get a good value.
18. Miami Dolphins – OT Teven Jenkins
The idea of Robert Hunt and Jenkins playing on the right side of the Dolphins offensive line is terrifying.
The WFT continues to compliment their elite pass rush by adding coverage players in their back seven.
20. Chicago Bears – CB Greg Newsome, Northwestern
The Bears stay local, adding a defensive back to help slow down Aaron Rodgers.
21. Indianapolis Colts – OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
EDGE was very much considered here, but Tucker is a good value — and as they work to build around Carson Wentz, they need another quality player up front.
22. Tennessee Titans – DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
Lining up Barmore inside with Jeffrey Simmons should help create consistent interior disruption.
23. New York Jets – EDGE Jaelan Phillips, Miami
Medical and football character questions cause the draft’s best defensive prospect to fall.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Najee Harris, Alabama
The Steelers are trying to win now — and Harris will provide stability in a horrendous running game.
25. Green Bay Packers (from Jacksonville) – WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
The Packers move up to give Rodgers a quality weapon.
26. Cleveland Browns – EDGE Jayson Oweh, Penn State
Athletic profiles are predictive of pass rushing success — and Oweh’s is outstanding.
27. Baltimore Ravens – EDGE Joe Tryon, Washington
The 2020 opt-out fits the profile of a Baltimore pass rusher.
28. New Orleans Saints – LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky
Athletic, versatile linebacker with coverage skills. The Saints just stack talent.
A fast slot player to complement DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault.
30. Buffalo Bills – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
A scary, dynamic back in Buffalo’s excellent offense.
31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City) – IOL Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
With the Chiefs pick acquired for Orlando Brown, the Ravens nab an athletic interior offensive lineman.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
The Buccaneers give Tom Brady a dynamic chess piece to get him easy completions and manufactured touches.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars – S Trevon Moehrig, TCU
As Friday’s first selection, the best safety on the board barely misses Day 1.
34. New York Jets – CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
Scary medicals push Farley down — but for a rebuilding team with a lot of draft picks, the selection makes sense.
35. Atlanta Falcons – TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
New Head Coach Arthur Smith secures a tight end — something he deployed heavily in Tennessee.
36. Miami Dolphins – RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina
The Dolphins have a need at running back — and the draft capital to comfortably secure a quality back who could end up being the best in the class.
37. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
The Eagles need easy, manufactured touches to help sustain an offense with limited talent — and Moore could do that.
38. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas
After grabbing the top receiver in the class in Round 1, the Bengals still secure a tackle.
39. Carolina Panthers – CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse
Matt Rhule prefers to develop athletes — and Melifonwu is a ball of clay with great testing numbers.
40. Denver Broncos – CB Eric Stokes, Georgia
Back-to-back corners go to the Broncos as they try to use additional secondary talent to slow down Patrick Mahomes.
41. Detroit Lions – OL Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Likely a “best five” offensive lineman for the Lions — wherever they play him.
42. New York Giants – EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami
He’s young — and was highly productive his 2019 season. Gettelman takes a swing.
43. San Francisco 49ers – IOL Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
A perfect fit to drop into the Shanahan scheme — but don’t be surprised if he goes early.
44. Dallas Cowboys – OL Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
Similar to Texas’ Connor Williams a few years ago, there’s concern whether he’s a guard or a tackle — but he has good tape.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Walker Little, Stanford
Continuing to build around Trevor Lawrence, Little has the upside to be a very good NFL tackle.
46. New England Patriots – WR Dyami Brown, North Carolina
After missing out on DeVonta Smith, the Patriots nab a quality receiver at a good value.
47. Los Angeles Chargers – CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
A long, athletic — but raw — cornerback to develop in the hope of slowing down Mahomes.
48. Las Vegas Raiders – DT Levi Onwuzerike, Washington
The Raiders released Mo Hurst — a penetrating 3-tech — and now replace him with another.
49. Philadelphia Eagles (trade with Arizona) – IOL Landon Dickerson, Alabama
The Eagles are re-building. They can let Dickerson heal — and the reward could be tremendous.
50. Miami Dolphins – EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas
Ossai’s outstanding motor and football character will play well with Brian Flores.
51. Washington Football Team – QB Davis Mills, Stanford
This is the range where the second tier of quarterbacks will start going. Mills has some high-level moments on tape.
52. Chicago Bears – QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace get a guy they hope can replace Andy Dalton. If they don’t get decent quarterback play, they’re likely not to be back in Chicago next season.
53. Tennessee Titans – EDGE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
Talk about medical concerns — and some questionable testing — pushes Ojulari down the board a little.
54. Indianapolis Colts – EDGE Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
A second-round Chiefs dream pick goes off the board. If he’s there at 58, he fits wonderfully in Kansas City.
55. Pittsburgh Steelers – OL Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
His best position could be in the offensive interior — but he’ll find a spot somewhere in the Steelers’ starting lineup.
56. Seattle Seahawks – EDGE Payton Turner, Houston
Another second-round Chiefs target is gone. A high effort, athletic defensive lineman with some versatility, Payton would be great for the Chiefs.
57. Los Angeles Rams – OL Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
At tackle, there are arm length concerns, but some teams could be willing to make an exception — or push him inside.
58. Kansas City Chiefs – WR Terrace Marshall, LSU
Rumors of medical and character concerns could push Marshall down the board. There are some legitimate question marks about him — and with the Chiefs not having a pick before 58, a risky swing is a great idea. if there is talent on the board — whether it’s Marshall, Dickerson or Rousseau — they should scoop it up.
Marshall has the big body profile to win above the rim and down the field; he would be an intriguing asset in the Chiefs offense. There are effort concerns on tape — like, “How much does he want to do the little things required to be a great receiver?” The talent is there — but with these question marks, he could slide. If he does, the Chiefs should take advantage. We’re not Marshall’s biggest fans, but the potential is undeniable.
59. Cleveland Browns – LB Baron Browning, Ohio State
An athletic, experienced linebacker who could go earlier than this.
60. New Orleans Saints – WR Amon Ra St. Brown, USC
Another player we considered for the Chiefs at 58. Medically, he’s a cleaner prospect — and checks some more of those boxes.
61. Buffalo Bills – EDGE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
If they want to be more competitive with the Chiefs, the Bills need pass rushers.
62. Green Bay Packers – CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
A slot defender with both high football IQ and character should fit in nicely with the Packers.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
The Chiefs need to add more offensive weapons — so they do. Travis Kelce isn’t getting any younger — and Tremble compliments him perfectly. He’s a quality in-line blocker, can play as an H-Back and shows tons of promise as a pass catcher.
Adding another wide receiver and tight end to this offense will help complete the overhaul. Now that the offensive line is improved, it makes sense to stock the shelves with more firepower. Tremble can add a layer of versatility and creativity that Andy Reid can unlock. It would be a fun pairing of tight ends — and Tremble would quickly become a fan favorite.
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OL Jackson Carman, Clemson
Brady gets more protection. For the Bucs, offensive line is both a short and long-term need.
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