My CHIEFS mock 3.0 (February 2nd)
1. Rams- DT-Suh
2. Lions- OT-Okung
3. Bucs- S-Eric Berry
4. Redskins- QB-Bradford
5. CHIEFS- ILB- Rolando McClain (previous pick: SAME)
36. CHIEFS- NT-Terrance Cody (previous pick: TE- JERMAINE GRESHAM *won't be available)
50. CHIEFS (From Atlanta)-DE/OLB Brandon Graham (previous pick: OT KYLE CALLOWAY)
68. CHIEFS- WR-Jordan Shipley (previous pick: SAME)
99. CHIEFS- S-Myron Rolle (previous pick: SERGIO KINDLE *won't be available)
133. CHIEFS-RB-LaGarret Blount (previous pick: SAME)
139. CHIEFS (From Miami)-QB-Jevan Snead (previous pick: MYRON ROLLE *wont be available)
145. CHIEFS (From Carolina)OG- Eric Olsen (previous pick: SAME)
164. CHIEFS-OG-Brandon Carter (previous pick: SAME)
1. Rolando McClain- ILB (Alabama)
It's obvious that the Chiefs at the VERY LEAST need one more ILB whether they keep Derrick Johnson or not. I'd like to see Johnson stay and team up with McClain in the middle. Linebackers were not a source of strength for the Chiefs this season and if Suh and Berry are off the board at #5, the best option available for the Chiefs would be McClain. I'm usually all for upgrading the Oline, but there just isn't that OT available at #5 that would be worth the pick. McClain is a better ILB prospect than Curry was last season and he's a born defensive leader... something this defense DESPERATELY needs. Vrabel may not even be back for next season and even if he is, he won't be here much longer. McClain is the best pick here assuming Suh or Berry do not fall.
2A. Terrance Cody- NT (Alabama) This pick is assuming we don't get Wilfork. I think the Patriots are the only other team who might pick Cody in the first round because he's not worth a high first round draft pick and the Patriots are the only team (who would be in need of a NT if they lose Wilfork) who would pick Cody before he falls to the Chiefs in the 2nd round. If things work out right, we'll have a chance at either Wilfork or Cody.
2B. Brandon Graham- OLB/DE (Michigan)
This should be the pick IF AND ONLY IF we've addressed the O-line during FA. Graham would be a nice piece on the end opposite Hali. Graham, Hali, McClain, and DJ (if he stays) would be an impressive LB corp.
3. Jordan Shipley- WR (Texas)
If he is available, this is ALSO a no-brain decision. A PERFECT slot receiver. Sure handed, fast, quick, reliable... everything you could possibly want from a slot receiver. If this is going to be New England 2.0, consider Shipley, Welker 2.0.
4. Myron Rolle- S (Florida St.)
Could fall. If he had gone into the draft in 2009, he could've been a 2nd round pick. However, he became the Rhodes Scholar and took the year off from football. By FAR the smartest guy in the draft. The Chiefs need help at the Safety position. He's strong, fast, and physical to go along with the smarts. If Pioli gets the feeling that Rolle will still be available in the 4th round, he may even pass on Berry if he's available at #5. The combo of McClain/Rolle would be superior to any combo of Berry/4th rd ILB (Unless Spikes is available... which he won't be). It was reported that the Chiefs had interest in him at the Senior Bowl. I think this shows the Chiefs either don't expect Berry to be available in the first or aren't going to take him at #5 overall.
5A. LaGarret Blount- RB (Oregon)
A fifth round gamble on a player who was projected to be a first round pick before character issues became relevant. The NFL has seemed to require a change of pace in the backfield. Currently, the Chiefs have the lightning... Blount would bring the Thunder. Another player the Chiefs had interest in at the Senior Bowl.
5B. Jevan Snead- QB (Ole Miss)
After a poor Junior season, Snead STILL declared for the draft. I think it was a poor decision for him, but a great decision for the Chiefs' chances at landing him. He went into 2009 as a contender to be the first QB taken in 2010. He played in a pro system in college and could be a GREAT sleeper pick for the Chiefs. Since the Chiefs already have a "franchise QB" there is no need to rush him to be a starter. I think you could groom this guy like an Aaron Rogers or a Kevin Kolb or even a Matt Shaub. This pick would be a MAJOR coup for the Chiefs if they could land him in the 5th round. We already know Pioli is looking at QBs. We also know he prides himself on finding late round QBs. Taking Snead in the 5th isn't out of the question if he's still available.
5C. Eric Olsen- OG (Notre Dame)
The Chiefs need help on the Oline. Instead of grabbing a sure-fire starting CENTER in the early rounds, the Chiefs could move Waters inside to Center and find starting guards in the 5th and 6th rounds. Eric Olsen at 6'5, 305. Has a reputation of being mean and aggressive. Played his junior year at Center and his senior year at LG. He could start at RG for the Chiefs next season.
6. Brandon Carter- (Texas Tech)
A 2008 first team All-American. He played OT, but will probably play OG at the next level. He would start IMMEDIATELY at LG next to Albert. This kid is one of the nastiest players in America. After having some nice guys on the line like Shields and Waters, it might be interesting to have a few guys on this line who would kick your mother in the mouth to gain a yard.