Top first-round mock draft choices for the Chiefs
Published: Apr. 21, 2019 at 7:32 PM CDT
The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is on Thursday which means Kansas City is on the clock for... being on the clock.
Overall, the Chiefs have eight total picks:
- Round 1; 29th overall
- Round 2; 61st overall
- Round 2; 63rd overall (from the Los Angeles Rams)
- Round 3; 92nd overall
- Round 5; 167th overall
- Round 6; 201st overall
- Round 6; 214th overall (compensatory)
- Round 7; 216th overall (from the San Francisco 49ers) Throughout the offseason, numerous outlets and analysts have posted mock drafts trying to guess which players teams will take. Thus, in honor of draft week, we humbly present the top mock draft choices for the Kansas City Chiefs' first round. C Garrett Bradbury - N.C. State Source: NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Chad Reuter - NFL.com With the departure of center Mitch Morse to the Buffalo Bills in free agency, the majority of outlets have the Chiefs picking Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State in the first round. Bradbury played guard for two years before switching to center for his senior campaign. He was originally recruited as a tight end by the Wolfpack, but was converted to a lineman his redshirt freshman year to fill a need. However, because of this, the kid has great hands, always ready to fend off the defense. One of his major concerns is that he falls slightly below the average NFL size for the position. At the same time, the Chiefs took a liking to backup center Austin Reiter this past season which is what helped the front office make the decision not to keep Morse. CB Byron Murphy - Washington Source: Daniel Jeremiah - NFL.com This year's draft class is more than brimming with defensive back talent--even enough to fall to 29th overall. And if we're being completely honest, the Chiefs could always use some help for probably the hardest position to play consistently in pro football. Cue Byron Murphy, a cornerback from Washington and one of the smartest defensive backs in the draft. Murphy lacks a bit of size and a bit of speed, but makes up for it in how he processes the play and with his instincts. Most of the analysts agree he would do well as a nickelback, but Kansas City has yet to see how new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo feels about dropping a linebacker in his new 4-3. EDGE Jachai Polite - Florida Source: Bleacher Report In terms of "needs," an edge rusher makes the utmost sense for Kansas City since the club decided in the offseason to part ways with it's two best in Dee Ford and Justin Houston. But the best part about Polite? He led the nation with six forced fumbles last season. An okay part about that? He started in just five of 13 games in 2018. Despite a non-starter status, though, Polite made plays in the backfield in college and that's a trait that the Chiefs have really needed to get back since Houston tied for the NFL's single-season sack record in 2014. There is one legitimate red flag though: some of the NFL scouts are concerned about Polite's maturity and character. S Taylor Rapp - Washington Source: Brooke Pryor - KC Star Possibly the hardest veteran Chief to say goodbye to this offseason was safety Eric Berry, a.k.a. the heart and soul of the Kansas City defense for nine years. KC did add Tyrann Mathieu in the offseason, but, if our math is correct, there are usually two safeties on the field. (Don't @ us.) Rapp is kind of the odd-ball of the safety draft class. He's not big, he's not the best at coverage, but my goodness can he tackle in the open field. Also, he's basically the Swiss army knife of the defensive backs and can play virtually anywhere plus (this one's for you Dave Toub) he's a gifted special teams blocker. CB Deandre Baker - Georgia Source: Matt Miller - Bleacher Report The Chiefs signed Bashaud Breeland in the offseason in an effort to fill cornerback No. 2. But for the last however many seasons, this has been one of the most important positions that the team didn't ever fully fill. Baker won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back and has considerable talent in man-to-man. And he didn't allow a single touchdown during the 2017 and 2018 seasons while adding five interceptions. One of his major downsides, though, could be his size and matchup concerns with much bigger NFL receivers. CB Greedy Williams - LSU Source: Mel Kiper - ESPN Usually what Mel says goes, but dropping one of the best cornerback prospects in this draft class to 29th overall makes us smell something a little fishy. According to Kiper, Williams could drop because of questions about his willingness to tackle and his fluidity in coverage. So, not great. BUT... if Williams comes to Kansas City, he'll join former LSU Tiger Tyrann Mathieu and the two could paint the secondary red. S Deionte Thompson - Alabama Source: Jared Dubin - CBS Sports Thompson was a four-star recruit and one of the top five safeties in the nation coming out of high school. So, of course, he redshirted his first year at Alabama. The next two seasons, he earned his special teams badge. But in 2018, Thompson earned a starting spot and absolutely killed it. He was a first-team All-American and played with major explosiveness. But he was a little exposed against Oklahoma and Clemson, and there are some analysts who do not project him as a first-year NFL starter. His talent level, though, screams NFL starter someday, and he could be a force-to-be-reckoned-with if paired with Mathieu. EDGE Jaylon Ferguson - Louisiana Tech Source: Peter Schrager - NFL.com, Cody Ferguson - CBS Sports The first thing anyone needs to know about Ferguson is he is the FBS record-holder with 45 career sacks. The second thing is he already looks like an NFL player. And the third we'll add in as a bonus: more than 27% of his career tackles were for loss. Ferguson is a Louisiana born-and-raised product with a powerful upside, and could fit in very well with Spagnuolo's 4-3 scheme. His major weaknesses all come from his weight, or as some analysts have said "not good" weight. But, then again, that's where his major strengths come from also. "Middle ground" never made more sense. CB Rock Ya-Sin - Temple Source: Josh Edwards - 247 Sports We're throwing Ya-Sin in here because no matter how much preparation anyone does, the Chiefs seem to pick a player without a ton of hype but with a ton of upside. Ya-Sin only played one season at Temple as a graduate transfer, hence the less hype. He lacks quite a bit of technique but could unlock that with the right defensive coordinator. To be honest, everything he lacks as a prospect can be unlocked, which makes us think Andy Reid could turn into that heart-eye emoji seeing Ya-Sin still on the board come pick 29.