What a week it has been for the Chiefs in free agency. First, Tyreek Hill is traded to the Miami Dolphins for five picks, then the Chiefs sign Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and finally, they bring aboard other players like Jermaine Carter and Ronald Jones II onto the roster. This has been one of the best postseasons to date, and the Chiefs’ front office has been putting on a spectacle for the world to see.
As I’m writing this mock, the Chiefs have 12 picks in the 2022 NFL draft. However, when I went through the mock, I was given 11 picks. So, for the sake of this article, there’ll be one less seventh-round pick to mock (sorry). Without further ado, let’s mock:
Note: I used Draft Network’s mock draft machine for this mock.
Round One, Pick 29: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
As of this moment, the Chiefs don’t have a true third cornerback to confirm the starting three; I see the Chiefs selecting Kaiir Elam with this pick. Elam has solid size, is good in both man and zone coverage, has good ball skills, and has great football IQ (started as a true freshman). His tackling is a mixed bag but is sufficient in that area. Elam could be a day one starting outside cornerback with L’Jarius Sneed moving to the slot.
Round One, Pick 30: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
Yes, I know the Chiefs just signed Jermaine Walker, but I feel that he isn’t an immediate starter, and they’ll still want to bring in a rookie; enter Quay Walker. Walker has everything you want as a weak-side linebacker; a great tackler, a good run defender, can be a disruptor in coverage and has shown to be a versatile athlete, playing some snaps on the edge at Georgia. I feel he’s someone that can grow within this Chiefs’ defense.
Round Two, Pick 50: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
Jaquan Brisker was a player I couldn’t pass up with the pick here. Brisker would be an immediate third safety, an outstanding tackler, and the versatility he brings to the safety position, being able to play in the box or as a high safety. He’s also a great run defender; getting under gaps hit the ball carrier violently. Somehow, if Brisker is still on the board by pick 50, don’t be surprised if the Chiefs pick him up.
Round Two, Pick 62: John Metchie III, WR, Alabama
I still feel the Chiefs should bring in another young wide receiver to add yet another weapon to their offense; this is where John Metchie II comes in. One of his best traits is his run after the catch abilities, where he uses his speed and quickness to dodge defenders in the open field. Furthermore, he is a big-play player who has shown great explosiveness in his time at Alabama. He has solid hands and could work well in the Chiefs’ pass-heavy offense.
Round Three, Pick 94: Sam Williams, Edge, Ole Miss
To assist on the edge, I can see the Chiefs selecting Sam Williams in the third round here. Not only is he a versatile player that can play either as a defensive end or an outside linebacker, but he also displays good hand power along with being explosive on his first step. Furthermore, he’s a good run defender that can play fairly well no matter the alignment.
Round Three, Pick 103: Cordell Volson, OT, North Dakota State
With the uncertainty of Niang being the starter next season (could be on the PUP list to start the season), I can see the Chiefs taking a shot with Cordell Volson. He is shown to be a monster in the run game, finishing off defenders with ease with very good competitive toughness. Volson has also shown to be solid as a pass blocker with good latch strength. Who knows, if he develops well with good coaching, he could be a probable starter.
Round Four, Pick 121: Jermayne Lole, IDL, Arizona State
To bolster their interior defensive line a bit, I can see the chiefs taking Jermayne Lole here. Lole has played his best when he bull rushes, which exemplifies his strong hands and his good strength. He has also shown to be a better run defender, gaining good leverage and attacking the point of attack with authority. He may not be the best athlete, but if Steve Spagnuolo could scheme him just right, he could be solid in the NFL.
Round Four, Pick 135: Tyrese Robinson, IOL, Oklahoma
For the Chiefs, o-line depth is a must, and Tyrese Robinson would be a perfect fit. Like Trey Smith, Robinson has a bully mentally as he plays throughout the whistle with absolute authority. He has a solid anchor, being able to redirect defenders around well; however, he has shown some balance problems, which allows some defenders to counter him using Robinson’s body weight. He’s versatile as well, which the Chiefs have always liked within their offensive linemen.
Round Seven, Pick 233: Abram Smith, RB, Baylor
To add another running back to the team overall, I can see the Chiefs selecting Abram Smith here. He’ll probably be on the practice squad this season unless the Chiefs want to bring in a fourth running back. If he does make the team, Smith has great durability and good discipline in zone-run schemes, along with good vision. This is a player the Chiefs can work with for the future.
Round Seven, Pick 243: Ellis Brooks, LB, Penn State
Like Smith, I see Ellis Brooks as another camp body as well. The Chiefs could use some young linebacker depth, and if Brooks makes the roster, he brings a dependable tackling ability and a solid run defender.
Round Seven, Pick 251: Darrell Baker Jr, CB, Georgia Southern
Darrell Baker Jr. could be a solid depth add-on if he makes the final 53-man roster. He’s not someone who’d explode next season but could make a few plays when given the opportunity.
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