The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away and the mock drafts are getting more and more in depth. The latest multi-round mock comes from Sporting News in the form of a full seven rounder.
1. Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pitt
2. Titus Young, WR, Boise State
3. Ian Williams, DT, Notre Dame
4. Quan Sturdivant, OLB, North Carolina
5. John Moffitt, G, Wisconsin
5. Lee Ziemba, T, Auburn
6. Alex Linnenkohl, C, Oregon State
7. Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson
This is the first time I have seen Sheard projected to the Chiefs in the first round. To me he is better off as a 4-3 end instead of a 3-4 OLB and if Scott Pioli does decided to give Tamba Hali some pass rushing help in the first round I would rather they target someone like Akeem Ayers.
Young is starting to become a popular name connected with the Chiefs. Put his off-the-field issues from his time early on at Boise St. aside and you have a guy that could give Matt Cassel a fun new toy.
I’ve talked to scouts that have downgraded Williams’ stock due to the knee injury he suffered during his final season with Notre Dame. For me, though, the fact that he fought back from what was initially called a season-ending injury to play in a meaningless bowl game tells much more about him. No one would have held it against him if he stayed on the sidelines while preparing for the Senior Bowl. Like Sheard, Williams is probably better suited for a 4-3, but this is a kid that Todd Haley would love to have on his team.
Picking up Sturdivant in the fourth round would be a solid pick for Kansas City. The UNC linebacker visited with the Chiefs this week and playing inside next to Derrick Johnson would have much less of a learning curve than Sheard or Williams.
Other names to keep in mind for the Chiefs in this mock are Ziemba and Harper.
The Auburn left tackle will play on the right side in the NFL and looked very impressive there at the Senior Bowl. He would act as a solid backup plan later in the draft if Pioli decides not to address offensive tackle in the first two rounds.
Running back isn’t high on my list of needs for Kansas City right now, but if they could ever get Harper in the seventh round, it would be one of the better value picks of the draft. I expect Harper to be off the board in the fifth round. He never had a huge season — playing behind CJ Spiller — is a big reason though he did have his fair share of big games, including back-to-back 140 yard games at the end of last season.