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Red Kingdom Chiefs Mock Draft 10.0: The Four Round Mock

In a little over two weeks, the 2022 NFL draft will commence. And since it’s April, mock drafts have been prominent for many fanbases for a good reason; everyone wants to give their two cents on who their respective team should pick with their first choice. Many want either another cornerback, wide receiver, or edge player to join the roster for the Chiefs fandom.

With that in mind, there are many possibilities the Chiefs’ front office can do. In this article, I’ll be doing a four-round mock draft to see what the Chiefs may select in the key early to middle rounds. With that said, let’s mock:

*using Draft Network’s Predictive Board

Round One, Pick 29: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Outside of every mock draft I’ve done, I don’t see why the Chiefs don’t pick Kaiir Elam at 29 or 30. Elam has solid size, is good in both man and zone coverage, has good ball skills, and has great football IQ (he 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: Boye Mafe, Edge, Minnesota

The Chiefs must upgrade at the edge spot in this draft; it’s been proven repeatedly that Frank Clark isn’t the solution (even though he’s staying for one more season). Mafe possesses a good natural burst, enabling him to drive up the field well while being a beast in verticle sets. He also has excellent length (81.5-inch wingspan) that allows him to disrupt the quarterback’s passing windows as either a rusher or a dropper (dropping back into coverage).

Mafe does have a decent amount to work on from getting off of blockers in run defense and being more consistent with knocking back blockers. Overall, he’s a great prospect the Chiefs can snag here.

Round Two, Pick 50: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

In continuing to improve their linebacking core in the second round, I see the Chiefs selecting Nakobe Dean here with the 50th pick. Dean would be perfect for Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3 defensive scheme as he’s always played in it in college. He’s also always been known as a very good tackler who rarely misses tacklers; furthermore, he has shown to be good in pass coverage, especially in zone coverage. The Chiefs need someone like him to improve their pass defense. Dean has also shown to be a great run defender, plugging up gaps and can decipher run plays well with his good football IQ.

Dean would be a perfect fit for this Chiefs’ defense. I can see him being a perfect WILL LB with moving Nick Bolton as a middle linebacker.

Round Two, Pick 62: Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis

In this draft, the Chiefs must add an early-round receiving prospect; Calvin Austin III is a good prospect to look at in the second round. In college, Austin possesses good hands, being able to reel in receptions with ease, along with having a solid catch radius. Plus, Austin is known as a big-play style of player, having three rushing touchdowns on eight carries and averaging over 15 yards per catch. He also has good yards after the catch abilities with his speed and acceleration.

While Austin is 5’8″, he is also versatile, being able to play in the slot or as an outside receiver. The Draft Network projects him as a number two or three receiver. If the Chiefs draft Austin, I won’t be surprised if he’s one of the top three receivers on the roster.

Round Three, Pick 94: Damarri Mathis, S, Pittsburgh

The Chiefs need their true third safety, and they could find him in the third round in Damarri Mathis. Mathis has solid zone coverage abilities combined with having solid ball skills too. He has also shown to be a secure, aggressive-type tackler that can bring ball carriers down well. Mathis can defend the run well, being able to use his quickness to get to the backfield quickly. While Mathis has modest length and isn’t as athletic as other safeties in his class, he still can provide good value for this Chiefs’ defense.

Round Three, Pick 103: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama

The Chiefs utilizing four running backs last season worked wonders, and with the probable loss of Darrel Williams, the Chiefs may add a cheaper/younger RB in this draft. Brian Robinson Jr. seems like a surefire option in the third round. Robinson would come in as a mainly short-yardage back who is very durable, has solid vision, and has good elusiveness in space, making his cut and go. He has also shown to be sufficient in the pass-catching game. While he may not be that home-run style of a running back, Robinson would be perfect in goal-line and first/second/third/fourth and short moments.

Round Four, Pick 121: Spencer Burford, IOL, UTSA

While Burford is listed as an interior o-lineman, Draft Network has him projected as a “developmental starting offensive tackle.” Burford has provided good pass and solid run protection in his time at UTSA. He also has excellent length, with a 6’10” wingspan that allows him to keep pass rushers away from the pocket. With everything but right tackle 100% solidified, Burford could fight for a starting role at right tackle. If he doesn’t net the spot, he could still be a good swing tackle to start his career with the Chiefs.

Round Four, Pick 135: John Ridgeway, IDL, Arkansas

Bolstering the interior defensive line is one of the last things the Chiefs need to do; however, they could find a solid prospect to build up in John Ridgeway. Ridgeway has shown to be a good run defender in college, preventing o-lineman from going to the second level and breaking through gaps. He has also shown to have good functional strength along with good hand power. While he may not be the most versatile player, Ridgeway could be an underrated weapon within this defense.

What are your thoughts about this Chiefs’ four-round mock draft? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.

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