With a hugely successful opening day, the Kansas City Chiefs will look to build upon it in this 2017 NFL Mock Draft this weekend.
The Chiefs ensured the long term continuation of an already stable quarterback position for the foreseeable future, in their trade for the outstanding talents of Patrick Mahomes, an option we examined in our first round mock draft.
John Dorsey and the front office at One Arrowhead Drive will look to add to what is widely regarded as the leagues most well rounded roster over the course of the proceeding six rounds.
Crucially, despite trading up to secure the in-demand Mahomes, Kansas City still has a selection in each of the remaining rounds. As such, do not rule out another ascendent move to cherry pick the last remaining pieces of the jigsaw with the generous amount of capital still in their armoury.
2 (59) RAEKWON MCMILLAN/ILB, Ohio State
Unless Florida’s physical, press corner QUINCY WILSON somehow remains on the board, McMillan is a great fit here. A tough, physical run defender with enough range between the sidelines, the former Buckeye enhances the Chiefs’ run defence that struggled with the injury enforced loss of the likes of Derrick Johnson, Alan Bailey and Jaye Howard for much of the 2016/17 season. McMillan will slot in perfectly alongside Johnson who can stack and shed blockers with great gap discipline to allow his fellow linebackers free to cause havoc on the outside. Long term, the move would provide seamless insurance for Johnson, whose current injury only highlights that his outstanding talents won’t be there to call upon forever.
3 (104) DALVIN TOMLINSON/DT, Alabama
Despite adding the excellent Bennie Logan this offseason, Tomlinson is just too good to pass up at the bottom end of the third round. Having lost Dontari Poe and more recently Jaye Howard, adding the former Crimson Tide makes sense and would be the highest ranked player on my board at that time. Despite only featuring two base interior linemen on just 37% of the time last season, the rotation can always stand to be added to. Alternatively, if Tomlinson is already off the board then UCLA’s EDDIE VANDERDOES is an excellent backup plan here.
4 (132) SIDNEY JONES/CB, Washington
Our second rated corner falls into the lap of the Chiefs here and stops the unsightly fall of an impressive talent. Jones’ skill set has many of the hallmarks of Marcus Peters and with Mitchell performing impressively during his six-game stint opposite, Kansas City can happily allow the former Husky to heal and take his time before slotting in to re-establish his duo with the soon to be third-year starter.
5 (170) BRIAN HILL/RB, Wyoming
If there was any selection in the 2017 NFL Draft that I was more certain of, it would be this one. With a highly unusual THREE visits with the Chiefs, the love is there for all to see and the fit in the Chiefs power run/zone scheme suits his skill set perfectly. If Hill is already out of consideration, then Rajun’ Cajun ELIJAH MCGUIRE is the pick here.
5 (180) DUKE RILEY/LB, LSU
Although at 6’0/ 227 Riley is considered something of a ‘tweener’, it is his vision, awareness and reading of the opponent where he wins to be in the right place at the correct time. Playing much bigger than his listed size, Riley is a force against both the outside and inside run and can be lined up in a multitude of spots as well as a skilled member of Dave Toub’s special teams unit.
6 (216) TRAVIS RUDOLPH/WR, Florida State
The former Seminole has always impressed me as a pass catcher who is good at everything, a highly reliable talent who doesn’t stand out in any one area. Rudolph will be a valuable addition as a WR3 who can line up both in the slot and on the outside.
6 (218) EDDIE JACKSON/S, Alabama
Having had to deal with an injury ravaged senior campaign in Tuscaloosa, Jackson finds himself still available this late on the third day. Despite having undergone his fair share of struggles over the top by opposing quarterbacks, he is nevertheless a talented safety who has a nose for the big play both on defense and as an outstanding special teams return talent. His movement ability, agility and balance when the ball is in his hands is second to none.
7 (245) Zack Johnson/G, North Dakota State
Picking up the standout talents of the former Bison and one time protector of Carson Wentz with the 245th selection may be fanciful on my part, but would be a coup for the Chiefs. Tough, gritty and blessed with impressive leverage, the former tackle enters the competition this offseason for starting time at right guard, a position not set in stone just yet.