Posted April 18, 2014

Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft Tracker

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Kansas City Chiefs 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Allen Robinson, Penn State

Allen Robinson, Penn State (Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

What will the Kansas City Chiefs do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 23: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

We said: A somewhat forgotten man at receiver, Lee might be quick to remind everyone that he had 118 catches just two seasons ago. The Chiefs would love to add another playmaker on offense, especially one like Lee who can stand out as a reliable, comfortable option for Alex Smith in the passing game.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 23: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

We said: Cooks is quick and elusive and exactly the matchup nightmare that the Chiefs need to diversify their passing game. He’s a proven playmaker with good hands and the speed to challenge and disrupt a defense, creating plenty of yards after the catch. Defenses won’t be able to key almost exclusively on No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe when Cooks is working his game in the slot.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 23: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

We said: The Chiefs are in a bit of a pickle here. They clearly need a tackle, with 2013 first-round pick Eric Fisher struggling at times on the right side last season, and Branden Albert off to the Dolphins. Lewan isn’t among the elite at his position class, and he has some off-field concerns, but he has the perfect size (6-7, 309), pure speed (he ran a 4.87 40-yard dash at the combine) and a nebulous-but-intriguing skillset that could develop into something special over time. Patience could pay off for Andy Reid in this case.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 23: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

We said: Blame it on his disappointing, injury-plagued 2013 season, but Lee just is not generating the buzz that many other receivers in this class are right now. Quite frankly, that’s ridiculous. Lee was the Biletnikoff Award winner in 2012 as the nation’s top WR and, healthy again, absolutely still has what it takes to be a productive NFL receiver over the long-haul.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 23: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

We said: Kansas City doesn’t have to overthink this one. The offense needs more passing game weapons for Alex Smith to feed besides receiver Dwayne Bowe. Lee is sitting there with the pedigree and track record of a potential top-10 pick. If Lee is not the Chiefs’ favorite flavor, there’s Oregon State’s little dynamo Brandin Cooks or Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin from which to choose.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 23: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

We said: Though Andy Reid has always preferred West Coast concepts as the driving force behind his offenses, he also wants a deep vertical threat to take the top off of coverage. And from start to finish, there’s no better and more versatile speed receiver in this class than Beckham. He tore it up at the scouting combine, running a 4.43 40 and nailing it in all the drills. Add in his value as a return man, and Beckham could redefine Reid’s offense sooner than later.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 23: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

We said: What else do you want? Beckham ran a 4.43 official 40 time at the combine, then chalked up a 38.5-inch vertical jump. He can catch and run, burn defenses deep and outmuscle defenders for 50-50 balls. This is precisely the type of weapon Kansas City’s offense is missing.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 23: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

We said: As much as the Chiefs’ defense badly leaked oil down the backstretch and into the postseason (see the Colts’ second-half comeback in the first round of the playoffs), finding more reliable receiving options for quarterback Alex Smith looks like job one in the draft. Benjamin showed flashes of inconsistency, but he’s another big-body receiver entering a league that has fallen in love with the breed. LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. is probably a more polished receiver at this point, but he lacks Benjamin’s complete package of size, speed and ability to win the contested catch.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 23: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

We said: The Chiefs would be wise to go with defensive reinforcements as their defense collapsed down the stretch as injuries took their toll, but there’s also the need for more targets for Alex Smith in the short term — and the quarterback of the future in Andy Reid’s offense in the long term. Benjamin is a big receiver who uses his impressive wingspan to win battles on fades and other red-zone routes.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 23: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

We said: A glance around the ol’ internet shows that I might be higher on Robinson than others — I’ve got him as my No. 4 WR for 2014, behind the three already taken above. He’s similar in size to Keenan Allen, the Chargers’ star rookie. He will arrive in the NFL having a well-progressed skillset, as Allen did. The Chiefs need another trustworthy weapon for Alex Smith, and Robinson has a knack for finding room off screens and short passes, which makes him a terrific candidate to fill that role.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 27: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

We said: A wholly underrated player who has produced all season despite being one of the few viable options on Penn State’s offense. At 6-3 and 210 pounds, he can play a physical game and go up to get the football. He’s also proven himself adept at turning short passes into big gains, either via play call or by making defenders miss. That would work well with Alex Smith’s capabilities.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 23: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

We said: The way this mock has fallen, there are still a number of talented WRs out there: Paul Richardson, Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief and Brandon Coleman, to name a few. The 6-foot-3 Matthews might be the best of the bunch, with his ability to play all over the field and clear knack for finding soft spots in coverage.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 8: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

We said: Nix is a bit like Star Lotulelei, in that he’s massive (6-foot-3, 330) and yet still nimble enough to beat blockers at the line. Kansas City could drop him right in at nose tackle, but he could play DT in a 4-3 or slide out to DE in a 3-4 if needed.