The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to reload subsequent to missing the mark in the AFC title game, exchanging away star wideout Tyreek Hill and watching their AFC West opponents add any semblance of Russell Wilson, Davante Adams, Khalil Mack and Chandler Jones.
Fortunately Kansas City has a couple of first-round choices — Nos. 29 and 30 — with which to work. The awful news is that the Chiefs probably won't observe a possibility they genuinely love with those determinations. Kansas City allegedly has 16-18 players with 1st round grades and doesn't anticipate many, if any, to tumble to them. "The chances of perhaps one of those folks falling isn't incredible," head supervisor Brett Veach said, per Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star.
Kansas City might be leaned to exchange up for a possibility it loves or exchange out of the first round with one of its two determinations. Probably, however, the Chiefs will make somewhere around one choice on Thursday's premiere night. In view of this, how about we dig into three possibilities who ought to be inside Kansas City's first-round range.
In 2021, the Chiefs positioned 27th in passing yards permitted and 26th in yards per endeavor permitted. They then lost gazing corner Charvarius Ward in free office. Observing cornerback help in the draft is an unquestionable requirement. While Kansas City might battle to track down a Day 1 starter at the back finish of Round 1, Clemson's Andrew Booth Jr. may be accessible or inside sensible exchange range. The 25th-positioned prospect on the B/R Scouting Department's huge board, Booth is an objective Kansas City ought to have circumnavigated. Corner has the size (6'0", 194 lbs), rawness and ball abilities expected to begin the edge and to early contribute as a rotational piece.
"Though he has good press-man skills, Booth works best when he can see routes develop in front of him," B/R's Cory Giddings wrote. "With the ball in the air, he has shown the ball skills needed to defend short and deep passes as well as the ability to play through the receiver." Last season, the 21-year-old produced 26 solo stops, five passes defended and three interceptions. His physical style of play could be an asset against AFC West foes. As should his ball-hawking ability. Adding Booth wouldn't outright replace Ward, but it would boost Kansas City's secondary and be a great way to kick off the 2022 draft.
The Chiefs could additionally support their pass safeguard by adding to their pass rush. Last season, the guard delivered a simple 31 sacks, with nine of those approaching from protective lineman Chris Jones. Honest Clark contributed 4.5 sacks, yet no other player had more than three. Good sense would suggest that the Chiefs should catch an edge-rusher early. The test will observe one who warrants a determination at the rear of the first round. Top-level possibilities like Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson and Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux will be a distant memory. In any case, Penn State's Arnold Ebiketie, the 27th-positioned prospect on the B/R board, is one who could tumble to Kansas City. The 23-year-old is falling off a 9.5-sack season with the Nittany Lions and could have an early effect for the Chiefs.
"Ebiketie's flexibility around the edge and ability to make himself a tough target for offensive linemen to hit is up there with anyone else in this class," Derrik Klassen of the B/R Scouting Department wrote. "Moreover, his ability to turn the corner all the way back up to the quarterback and finish on pass-rushing reps is exactly what scouts should want in a speed-rusher type." Ebitetie could be a terror off the edge opposite Clark and with Jones drawing interior attention.
Wide receivers have been popular picks for the Chiefs in mock drafts, due in no small part to the trading of Hill. Kansas City did add JuJu Smith-Schuster, Corey Coleman and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency, but they also lost Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle. Georgia's George Pickens is a prospect Kansas City is already eying. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Kansas City recently hosted the 21-year-old.
Pickens is the 39th-ranked prospect on the B/R board and could be a prospect for Kansas City to trade back and target. He's also one they could just go ahead and snag at No. 29 or No. 30. The 6'4", 195-pound pass-catcher is an entirely different receiver than what Kansas City has had recently, which could be a good thing. While opponents have gotten used to defending against the Chiefs' fast, downfield passing attack, Pickens is built to outmuscle opposing defenders. Yet he still has the speed (4.47-second 40) needed to create the big play.