The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock and they are just hours away from handing in their card to kick off the 2013 NFL Draft. In each of the last two years they have ended up with eight picks, the same number they open this weekend holding.
There’s still a chance the Chiefs pick up more picks in a Branden Albert trade or by moving around in the later rounds, but we’ll take a stab at what their final haul could look like if they hold onto all of their current picks.
All of the 16 players we have picked for the Chiefs over the last two years are still on NFL rosters, something former Kansas City GM Scott Pioli can’t say.
It’s tough enough to guess which way a team will go in the first round, making it nearly impossible to predict who they will take with the 207th overall selection. But we’ve once again taken our best shot by mocking players to Kansas City we feel would fit best with the Chiefs.
1. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The best player on the board comes to Kansas City and takes over for Branden Albert at left tackle. You keep him there and don’t think about the position again for years.
With Joeckel in the fold, he becomes the best player on the Chiefs line no matter who is on the roster. He can make sure new QB Alex Smith stays upright, something that has been easier said than done in Kansas City the last few years.
3. D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
Playing with the best player in college football will make it easy for people to overlook what you can do and that could be the case with Swearinger. The South Carolina defense was lead by the machine that is Jadeveon Clowney, but it could be argued the hard-hitting, do-everything safety was the glue.
The captain has a non-stop reel of his own monster hits. However, Swearinger is more than just a big hitter. He can play either safety position and won’t ever back down from getting dirty up at the line of scrimmage.
If he is still on the board at the top of the third round, it’s hard to imagine the Chiefs passing.
3. Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Speaking of versatility, the Chiefs are still looking for it along the defensive line and Montgomery can help. Much like current Kansas City LB Justin Houston did, Montgomery has first-round talent and finds himself falling down draft boards because red flags that have surfaced during the draft process.
For the defensive lineman out of LSU, he told reporters he varied his effort depending on which team was lining up across the line from him. There was also talk of a wager he made with likely top 15 pick Barkevious Mingo.
4. Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
We keep the ball rolling with players able to fill multiple roles by tabbing the hybrid out of The Swamp. He’ll never be a true tight end and that’s a good thing.
Reed can do a little bit of everything, including serve as a dangerous Wildcat quarterback after starring as a signal caller in high school and completing 57 percent of his passes as a freshman at Florida.
If you thought Reid was excited talking about the options his offense will have with Dexter McCluster, he could double up by adding Reed.
5. Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia
The man he rotated with, Johnathan Jenkins, will be off the board well before him, but that doesn’t mean teams should sleep on the big man with the perfect pedigree — his father, uncle and two brothers all made their way to the NFL.
Though he only started five games, Geathers had 40 tackles in 2012, including six in the SEC title game against Alabama.
He’s a raw talent that already has the power and bulk to be a pain in the middle when he wants to be. With a little refinement, he has a chance to be a force.
6. Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State
It might be easy to tear down prospects because they don’t come from a power conference, but don’t expect the Chiefs head coach to do it. One of Reid’s best draft picks during his time with the Eagles was Brian Westbrook out of Villanova University.
While it’s a lot to expect Williams to be nearly as good as Westbrook, he is coming out of an offense that produced two NFL players last year in Robert Turbin and Michael Smith. In his one year as the star at Utah State, Williams was able to not only show what he could do, but kept his body fresh.
He averaged 6.9 yards per carry and 15.5 per reception while finding the end zone 20 times. In addition to being the perfect fit for what Reid wants his running backs to be able to do, Williams could also help fill the huge void in the return game.
6. John Lotulelei, LB, UNLV
If the Chiefs pass on the other Lotulelei (Star, no relation) in the first round, they can make up for it here in the later rounds! After playing two years at a Junior College, Lotulelei worked his way from rotation player to defensive leader at UNLV.
In addition to starting just one full season with the Rebels, Lotulelei’s size (5-11) will push him down draft boards. However, he can step right in and deliver on special teams while adding depth at a position the Chiefs front office has tried to address this offseason with four free agents.
7. Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley State
I think we can all agree that players from GVSU are worth a second look in Kansas City. After all, things turned out pretty well the last time the Chiefs plucked talent out of Allendale, Michigan (Brandon Carr).
It’s not just his level of competition holding Johnson down, but also how much he bounced around during college. He played one season at Eastern Kentucky University and another at a Community College before landing at Grand Valley State.
In two years, Johnson caught 128 passes for 2,229 yards (17.4 avg) and 31 touchdowns, but didn’t earn an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. That left the 6-2 receiver with just his pro day to impress and he put up solid numbers across the board.
Headlined by a sub 4.4 40-yard dash, he also had an impressive vertical jump (39.5″, would have been best at the combine), broad jump (11’3″, second) and bench press (14 reps, 12th).