Friday, September 9, 2022

Kansas City Chiefs 2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Kansas City Chiefs from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Chiefs:

CBS Sports - Wilson (9/7)

28. Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

Yep, that's right, Army. Carter passes the eyeball test with flying colors, and he gets you even more excited when you see him play. The Chiefs play in the toughest division in football, in part because of the QB play. It means getting into the backfield is at a premium in the AFC West.

The Draft Network - Crabbs (9/5)

29. Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Kansas City loves them some toolsy corners. With the passing attacks in Denver, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, they better be sure they've got enough horses to defend the pass. Christian Gonzalez is a superb athlete who moves much smoother than a player of his size and stature probably should. Those guys don't last long.

Sporting News - Iyer (9/3)

28. Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma

The Chiefs have some veteran wideout concerns with rookie Skyy Moore having the most promise in the post-Tyreek Hill world of Patrick Mahomes. Mims has some Hill-like qualities with his big-play ability to be a tough-to-cover target.

SI - Hanson (8/31)

29. Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland

Now entering his fourth season as Maryland's starting left tackle, Duncan has the athletic feet, balanced movements and mirroring skills to stay at left tackle at the next level. After designating Orlando Brown Jr. with the franchise tag this spring, the Chiefs were unable to work out a long-term agreement for Patrick Mahomes's blind-side protector even though they "got really close." If the Chiefs were to find themselves in a similar situation in 2023, Duncan would offer them an athletic tackle to develop as insurance.

The Athletic - Baumgardner/Tice (8/31)

30. Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Nate called me a "sicko" after this one, and why not? But as long as the Chiefs appear near the bottom of the first round and have Patrick Mahomes as their quarterback, finding a super-fun receiver to pair with their QB is going to be an entertaining draft exercise. Addison could have a lot of fun this year with Lincoln Riley in Southern California. Another name to watch here could be Florida guard O'Cyrus Torrence, if the Chiefs want to be more responsible.

The Draft Network - Weissman (8/29)

29. Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

I was tempted to go receiver here but there wasn't one I liked enough to sneak in the first round. Instead, I'll give the Chiefs a high-upside corner to pair next to fellow Pac-12 corner Trent McDuffie.

Christian Gonzalez is a long and athletic corner who is sticky in coverage and has very good instincts. Together, he and McDuffie would be a very fun corner duo.

Pro Football Network - Fragozza (8/27)

28. Jaquelin Roy, IDL, LSU

It's been Chris Jones and a whole lot of names along the Chiefs' defensive front. And no, Frank Clark isn't more than just a name. They did select George Karlaftis in the first round last April, and he should provide a solid return on investment. Nonetheless, Jones needs a partner — or successor — on the interior.

Jaquelin Roy wins with overwhelming upper body strength at 6'4" and 215 pounds, and he was only a true sophomore last season. With further physical development, Roy could be a lock for Round 1 come the season's end.

ESPN - Reid (8/25)

23. Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

Even after using a first-round selection on an edge rusher this past April (George Karlaftis), the Chiefs could look that way again. Carter is loose and springy off the edge and places a tremendous amount of stress on pass-protectors. Lining up primarily as a wide 9-technique, he understands how to get up the field and threaten the far hip of blockers. But Carter still has to find his way with countermoves and as a run-blocker. Army has not produced a draft pick since 2008, and the school's last first-rounder came in 1947.

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