Mock draft season is in full swing.
Analysts have sent plenty of different offensive players and defensive players to the Kansas City Chiefs in their mock draft projections. All the while, Brett Veach and his staff are still getting to know the prospects in the upcoming draft class.
They recently met with prospects at the NFL combine, and now they’re out visiting prospects at their college campuses for pro days. Have the decision-makers decided on what they will do with the last pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft?
Things can still change and needs can shift ahead of the draft. Free agency is on the horizon, with the legal tampering period opening in 10 days. Here’s a look at who analysts have sent to the Chiefs at pick No. 32 most recently:
|Player & Position||School||From|
|A.J. Epenesa DL||Iowa||Luke Easterling – Draft Wire|
|Jaylon Johnson CB||Utah||Charles Goldman – Chiefs Wire|
|Jeff Gladney CB||TCU||Mark Schofield – Touchdown Wire|
|Kristian Fulton CB||LSU||Nate Davis – USA Today|
|Kristian Fulton CB||LSU||Josh Norris – Rotoworld|
|Jeff Gladney CB||TCU||Matt Miller – Bleacher Report|
|Kristian Fulton CB||LSU||Dan Kadar – SB Nation|
|Noah Igbinoghene CB||Auburn||Chris Trapasso – CBS Sports|
|AJ Terrell CB||Clemson||Eric Edholm – Yahoo Sports|
|Ross Blacklock DT||TCU||Daniel Jeremiah – NFL.com|
|Kenneth Murray LB||Oklahoma||Pete Prisco – CBS Sports|
|Jonathan Taylor RB||Wisconsin||Sam Farmer – LA Times|
|D’Andre Swift RB||Georgia||John Clayton – Washington Post|
|J.K. Dobbins RB||Ohio State||Consensus – nflmockdraftdatabase.com|
A new consensus player, but not a consensus on position?
Last time around, cornerback Jeff Gladney out of TCU was the consensus choice for the Chiefs. Now we have a new consensus player in Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins. Frankly, I’m surprised about Dobbins given I was unable to find a mock draft published in the past week that sent him to the Chiefs.
On that same note, I’m confident that CB is the consensus position that analysts are sending to the Chiefs. Bashaud Breeland, Morris Claiborne and Kendall Fuller are leaving in free agency. The need is there and people are taking notice in their mock drafts. Not to mention, Brett Veach has attempted to add a cornerback via the draft in 2019. He also explored the trade market ahead of the 2020 deadline.
Don’t rule out adding a defensive lineman
Even though the Chiefs are expected to place the franchise tag on DT Chris Jones, we don’t exactly know how that will play out for Kansas City. He could refuse to play on the tag and force the Chiefs into a trade. That’d open up the possibility that the Chiefs could look to add to the defensive line early. They could look to add an interior penetrator like Ross Blacklock or they could look for a player to pair with Frank Clark on the edge, such as A.J. Epenesa.