With the NFL Draft just over a week away, Todd McShay has broken out his second-to-last mock draft before his full seven rounder. In it he provides three potential scenarios for each team, including a new name projected for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona
Scenario 1: This might seem a bit high for Reed, but he makes sense as a pass-rusher to complement Tamba Hali, and with his motor, character and experience on both edges, Reed fits what GM Scott Pioli is looking for.
Scenario 2: Carimi would make sense as an immediate upgrade at right tackle if he’s still on the board.
Scenario 3: Baylor NT Phil Taylor fits the Chiefs’ scheme, but his character baggage and possible foot issues might scare Pioli away.
In McShay’s first scenario, the top four offensive linemen, including Gabe Carimi, are off the board leading the way to Reed. I’m not in love with Reed here, but mainly because of his limited ceiling. He is already 24 years old and will have a long way to go before a defensive coordinator can trust him consistently in coverage. Reed will, however, bring an explosiveness opposite Tamba Hali that was never there the last few seasons.
If Pioli does decide to go with an outside linebacker, I would prefer the slipping Akeem Ayers over Reed.