It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Snow on the ground, in Kansas City at least, the anticipation of the big man coming and bringing lots of new toys to play with. The hope that the next year will be better than the last. Yes, it’s almost time for the Arrowheads Abroad live mock draft. I’ve read more scouting reports than my kids have presents on the Christmas letter to Santa, we’ve interviewed Kent Swanson from Arrowhead Pride to talk about the Arrowhead Pride Draft Guide and how to approach attacking pockets.
We’re all set. The draft board is done, unlikely to change. Although it is on version 17 or so at the moment so that’s not set in stone. With that in mind, let’s get down to business..
Do the Chiefs need a Tackle? I think I might have read that somewhere. Long arms required. If you aren’t comfortable with Lucas Niang starting there having had a year off, despite Andy Reid’s praise, then we need to address that early. Sammy Watkins departure left a hole at Receiver that probably isn’t Demarcus Robinson or Byron Pringle shaped. The cornerback room still looks thin on the ground unless Brashard Breeland comes back. Again. A Linebacker that can cover would be useful but not high on the list. Looking longer term there is depth needed on the O Line, Long and Dr Larry are back after a year off but how much do they both still have in the tank? Pass rush was an issue at times last year, a good edge rusher or two to add depth and allow rotation would be very helpful.
So I’ve broken down our draft board into rounds. Essentially who I would feel comfortable picking and which round I would be happy to take them. There is a little need bias thrown in here and there is a little position bias thrown in too. Some of the players could go early in the round, some could go later, the option could be there to trade down into a lower round and pick up the player we like. That’s the beauty of the draft, you just don’t know how it’s going to shake out. So, without further ado, let’s bring out the board in no particular order…
|Teven Jenkins||OT||Oklahoma State||6ft6||315lbs|
|Jaycee Horn||CB||South Carolina||6ft1||205lbs|
|Caleb Farley||CB||Virginia Tech||6ft2||197lbs|
Some of these are likely gone long before we pick. Patrick Surtain, for example, is probably going in the 10 to 15 range. But if by some madness he drops into the mid 20s maybe we’d consider a trade up for him. I’d love Sewell, Pitts and a couple of others but I just don’t see circumstances where they become available. In an ideal world, we go OT here.
|Liam Eichenburg||OT||Notre Dame||6ft6||305lbs|
|Dyami Brown||WR||North Carolina||6ft1||195lbs|
|Wyatt Davis||IOL||Ohio State||6ft3||310lbs|
|Pat Freirmouth||TE||Penn State||6ft5||250lbs|
|Carlos Basham||EDGE||Wake Forest||6ft3||281lbs|
|Jayson Oweh||EDGE||Penn State||6ft3||245lbs|
Some of these are going to be available early in the 2nd if we want to trade down out of the 1st, some will be available mid round if we want to trade up, some at the end of the round if we stay put. CB and IOL are good options here.
|Dillon Radunz||OT||North Dakota||6ft6||301lbs|
|Tylan Wallace||WR||Oklahoma St||6ft||190lbs|
|Amon Ra St Brown||WR||USC||6ft1||194lbs|
|Aaron Banks||IOL||Notre Dame||6ft5||338lbs|
|Tommy Tremble||TE||Notre Dame||6ft4||248lbs|
|Hunter Long||TE||Boston College||6ft5||235lbs|
|Pete Werner||LB||Ohio State||6ft2||242lbs|
|Baron Browning||LB||Ohio State||6ft3||241lbs|
|Chazz Surrat||LB||North Carolina||6ft1||227lbs|
|Shakur Brown||CB||Michigan State||6ft||180lbs|
|Asante Samuel||CB||Florida State||5ft10||184lbs|
The 3rd round looks like a strong round for defence. Plenty of options at EDGE and LB here, or possibly some high upside development OT if we look to double dip there.
|Robert Hainsey||OT||Notre Dame||6ft4||290lbs|
|Spencer Brown||OT||Northern Iowa||6ft8||314lbs|
|D’Ante Smith||OT||East Carolina||6ft5||294lbs|
|Sage Surratt||WR||Wake Forrest||6ft3||215lbs|
|Josh Myers||IOL||Ohio State||6ft4||312lbs|
|Janarius Robinson||EDGE||Florida State||6ft5||266lbs|
|Benjamin St Juste||CB||Minnesota||6ft3||200lbs|
|Divine Diablo||S||Virginia Tech||6ft3||226lbs|
Plenty of development options here. Some big WRs to take a look at, maybe another Sneed waits in one of the DBs. There are gems there, we just have to find them.
5th Round and beyond
|Tammorian Terry||WR||Florida State||6ft4||209lbs|
|Jaelon Darden||WR||North Texas||5ft9||174lbs|
|David Moore||IOL||Grambling State||6ft1||350lbs|
|Michael Menet||IOL||Penn State||6ft5||273lbs|
|Sadarius Hutchinson||IOL||South Carolina||6ft4||320lbs|
|Robert Rochell||CB||Central Arkansas||6ft||195lbs|
|Tariq Thompson||S||San Diego State||6ft||200lbs|
A lot of Special Teams fodder here with the outside chance they develop into role players. Good options at IOL again, Golston the EDGE is a personal favourite too.
Dry run Mock Draft
A few players were available at 31 that I liked and I fancied I could still get somewhere high in the 2nd. The Bucs wanted to trade, they gave me a 4th to move up one spot. Too good to pass up. I then offered the Jets 32 for 34 and a 4th, they duly accepted. At this stage the last 1st round player on my board was Mayfield so I took him. So many options at the end of the 2nd round, this is probably the hardest pick, but I went with ‘Baby Gronk’ Pat Freirmuth because the idea of Andy Reid with a pair of TE that can run and catch is too fascinating to pass up. I had multiple 3rd round EDGE at 94 that I liked, in fact I dipped back in at 137 because one was still available there. The pair of 4ths that I picked up in the trades added a big bodied WR in Palmer and IOL depth in Banks. Late rounds were then used to stock up on defence with a pair of CB hoping to find another Sneed along with a replacement for Sorenson for next season.
All told, I’d be very happy with something like this if the board falls well when we do our live mock, but, you never know…