KC Chiefs 7 Round Mock
March 31, 2011
Round 1. Justin Houston OLB Georgia
The Chiefs currently don't have anybody outside of Tamba Hali who can provide a consistent pass rush. Houston will fix that as soon as he signs his contract. Houston made the switch from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker last season and put up outstanding numbers for Georgia. (67 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 44 quarterback pressures and 10 sacks). Houston is still a developing player and could end up being a steal here.
Round 2. Jonathan Baldwin WR Pittsburgh
Jonathan Baldwin is a first round talent who will slide on draft day due to character concerns. I'm fully aware of the "Pioli way" but the bottom line with Scott Pioli and Todd Haley is winning. Jonathan Baldwin can help the Kansas City Chiefs win football games next season. He has outstanding NFL size, 6'5" and 225 pounds, making him an excellent red zone target for Matt Cassel. Baldwin also has above average hands, rarely dropping anything near him. This pick will help Cassel immensely and fills a huge need for the Chiefs.
Round 3. Jerrell Powe DT Mississippi
Powe is an extremely strong player who will be able to man the nose tackle position for the Chiefs. Powe will command double teams and clog the middle of the line better than anybody currently on the Kansas City roster. The Chiefs will have a true nose tackle for the first time since switching to a 3-4 defense.
Round 4. Greg McElroy QB Alabama
The Chiefs select McElroy to replace another former Alabama quarterback, Brodie Croyle. Don't worry Chiefs fans, this one can take a hit and win football games. McElroy leaves Alabama with a 23-4 career record and led the Tide to the 2009 National Championship. He is an extremely smart player who will have no problem understanding an NFL offense and reading NFL defenses. He projects as an immediate backup in Kansas City with the potential to replace Matt Cassel if the Chiefs eventually deem that necessary.
Round 5. Greg Salas WR Hawaii
Salas is an underrated wide receiver who could easily go a round higher in this draft. He is a smart, disciplined player who runs excellent routes and does not drop passes. Salas is the prototypical possession wide receiver. Cassel will be able to trust and depend on this guy early.
Round 5. Derek Hall OT Stanford
Hall is a converted defensive lineman who just transitioned to the offensive line in 2010 for the Cardinal. He started all 13 games at right tackle, helping lead Stanford to a 12-1 record and earning honorable mention All-Pac Ten honors. Hall will be counted on to back up Barry Richardson in 2011 and has the potential to challenge and eventually replace him. The Chiefs are able to upgrade the backup right tackle position late in the draft.
Round 6. Zach Hurd OG Connecticut
Hurd was a three year starter at Connecticut. Has excellent NFL size and strength. Plays with a mean streak. Hurd needs a little coaching in pass protection but is already a mauling run blocker. The Chiefs are solid with the current starters at guard but have little depth outside of Jon Asamoah. Hurd will provide valuable depth and be able to contribute as a rookie if needed.
Round 7. Elijah Joseph ILB Temple
The Chiefs love versatile players. Joseph played inside linebacker, outside linebacker and was a regular special teams contributor at Temple. He was expected to go higher than this before suffering a season ending knee injury in the second to last game of the season. Joseph is currently rehabbing and is expected to be healthy by training camp. Joseph can contribute on special teams as a rookie, he also provides depth at inside and outside linebacker. Excellent late round value pick.