Even though the Kansas City Chiefs have plenty of holes they need to fill in next month’s draft, it seems like it would be an upset if GM John Dorsey doesn’t get a wide receiver for QB Alex Smith.
And there are plenty that have been predicted to find their way to Kansas City, from USC’s Marquise Lee to LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. to Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin and several others that could work their way into the discussion. Very simply, there are a lot of guys that could be in play and few that would surprise.
In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay managed to find a guy that would go well beyond surprise.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
This is the big surprise pick of the first round. He might not go off the board quite this early, but I was blown away by his game when I finally got to study his tape recently. He does a great job of getting off the press, has extremely reliable hands and is a threat after the catch — three things that make him a perfect fit for a West Coast-style offense. He is dealing with a foot injury but his healing is ahead of schedule, and he recently ran in the 4.4-range at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. FSU’s Kelvin Benjamin is another possibility here if the Chiefs are looking to go in a different direction at receiver.
If Latimer can prove to be healthy (he still couldn’t participate in drills at his pro day), he will continue to rise up draft boards. But making his way all the way to 23 is a bit too big of a jump in my mind.
With the Denver Broncos putting on a show this offseason, Dorsey and the Chiefs need to hit on their first round pick. Latimer has a ton of ability and could turn out to be a big time player, but this isn’t an offense that can afford to wait and see if he will develop.
McShay’s mock has two rounds of picks and if you’re curious, he is projecting WR Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt to the San Francisco 49ers with the pick acquired in the Smith trade.