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Bink Chiefs Mock 1.0

Jay Binkley
March 02, 2020 - 2:32 pm

Chiefs draft-2020-Here is my Chiefs specific mock:


*1. Round 1 pick 32:  Zack Baun LB Wisconsin- I can see going for linebacker or Corner in this slot.  I am just a big fan of Zack Baun and what he can do.  Excellent pass rushing skills (12.5 sacks) (which won't be his main focus with Spags) and he can spy and cover.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.COM:


Ascending prospect whose explosive production on the field has begun to mirror his explosive athletic traits. Baun's twitchy get-off and deep bend at the edge is nightmare fuel for Big Ten tackles and he's still at the early stages of pass rush development. He is aggressive to flow downhill in run support, has sideline-to-sideline range and is fluid dropping into coverage. He's strong but a little light as an edge-setter so teams will need to figure out how best to align him. Baun is a scheme-diverse linebacker with high-impact potential whose best days are ahead of him.

From the Draft Network:

Pass Rush Counters - He's flashed a nasty cross chop, he's long-armed his way to soft angles and he's also brought inside spin, speed rush, high swim and rip/dip to the table as well. Same natural sense of implementation based on positioning and angles to his target — he's a natural and shouldn't have issues getting wins with secondary counters.


**2. Round 2 pick 63: Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn-Hitting the 2 most important positions right off the bat for the Chiefs-I strongly believe in WR but I beleive in the depth of this draft at that position.  4.48 40 at the combine and comes out of the best conference in the nation.  18 passes defended his last 2 seasons.  Started career at Auburn as a WR.  Excellent returner as well-has 2 career toudowns in kick return.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.COM:


Stocky but explosive receiver-turned-cornerback whose play generates both intrigue and concern. He's extremely physical from snap to whistle with the strength to alter route timing from press. He's a good athlete with a plus burst to close. He's naturally aggressive to ambush catch tries. Staying in phase on the vertical plane is a challenge and pattern recognition is surprisingly average. Improvement is likely with more experience and technique, but playing with downfield poise is not guaranteed. He's good in run support and offers early special teams help as he continues to learn his craft.

From the Draft Network:

Noah Igbinoghene came to Auburn as a highly-touted wide receiver recruit and leaves for the NFL as an intriguing NFL cornerback prospect. While he’s obviously still developing at the position, Igbinoghene’s athletic profile, physicality and competitive demeanor all shine when watching his tape. As he becomes more confident in his coverage instincts, there’s no doubt he has the makeup of a solid NFL starter in a versatile role. His play strength gives him a chance to matchup with some of the games alpha receivers, in addition to his impressive athletic profile that projects him favorably against shiftier targets. Early in his career, Igbinoghene should be a team's primary kick returner while contributing in all four phases of special teams. His ceiling is as an eventual starter, but development is critical for him to reach his full potential on defense. 


***3. Round 3 pick 96: Michael Pittman WR USC-Toughness and size come to mind with Pittman.  Chiefs tallest receiver is 6'1" but Pittman fits a body type they do not have at 6'4'.  Also an good run blocker.  101 catches for 1,275 yards this year and 11 td's.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.COM:


Big, smart and reliable, Pittman falls into the "possession receiver" bin, but has top-notch ball skills that allow him to bully and best cornerbacks down the field. Improving release quickness against press will be an early focal point in an NFL camp, but his frame and physicality should create work space underneath even with close coverage. He lacks the speed and separation quickness teams covet from WR1 candidates, but he comes from NFL bloodlines and plays with a pro demeanor. He should be a productive plug-and-play talent at WR2 early in his career.

From the Draft Network:

He brings good overall athleticism and physicality to the WR position. In the run game he is a good stalk blocker due to his toughness and physicality. He runs strong with the football after the catch. In the passing game, he is good in contested catch situations. He demonstrates the toughness to catch a 6 route when contact is imminent. He is sufficient as a route runner and demonstrates excellent tracking ability when the ball is in the air. He also displays good, strong hands to pluck the football. He is very competitive and will be good in the red area and goal line situations. His skill set is likely best suited to play X or as a big slot. He will be a 4 phase, core special teamer in the NFL.


****4. Round 4 Pick 128:  Nick Harris C Washington-Like the possible versatily of Nick Harris-can play center and guard and he is tough and can move.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.COM:


Worker-bee, center-only prospect who won't check many physical boxes but brings his grit to the fight on every snap. Harris' body type belies his impressive foot quickness and ability to make all the move blocks needed from his position. His ability to sustain both run and pass blocks speak to his consistency of effort and performance, but size, scheme and positional limitations could cause him to drop lower in the draft than his actual tape would dictate.

From the Draft Network:

Functional Athleticism - There's a splendid blend of nimble feet, range and anticipation that really allows him to thrive in space. Comfortable in long reach situations. Capable of pulling, getting in front of ball carrier or peeling back on back blocks. Recovery skills after contact are a plus, too. 

Football IQ - Sharp dude who has a ton of experience -- he's got great feel for angles and winning prior to first contact. Runs a lot of communication at the line of scrimmage, making calls and adjustments. Didn't notice issues in even or odd fronts to handicap his effectiveness. 


*****5. Round 5 pick 160":  Lamical Perine RB Florida-Didn't have the fastest of 40's but I like him.  Averaged over 5.0 yards per carry in the SEC and had catches and 5 td's.  Chiefs love throwing to the running backs and he had 40 catches and 5 td's last season.

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From Lance Zierlein NFL.COM:


Prototypical size of today's NFL running back

High-character, hard worker on and off the field

Gets behind the wheel and patiently steers lead blockers into their targets

Plays with decisive eyes and sticky feet for sharp gather and cut

Foot twitch to bound back and forth around early penetration

Understands the physical nature of his job

Low center of gravity allows for additional balance to defeat arm tackles

Intuitive near goal line with ability to spot routes to pay dirt

Experience as core special-teams player in 2018

Rarely drops it as pass-catcher and has potential to get better as blocker

From the Draft Network:

Burst: Solid burst profile with a good sense of urgency and aggressiveness to attack narrow gaps developing in the first level. At his best on a runway where he can pace himself into hitting the jets, getting on top of second-level defenders quicker than they anticipate and busting angles into the third level. Carries explosiveness through corners nicely and is a good candidate for boundary plays.



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