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Bink Chiefs Mock 2.0

Jay Binkley
March 09, 2020 - 3:09 pm

Time for Chiefs mock 2.0--some changes from the first one: 


*Pick 32 round 1-Noah Igbinoghene Corner-Auburn:

Going corner here in round 1.  I had Noah in the 2nd round in mock 1.0 however he is climbing and doubt the Chiefs could get him there. 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 (4.46 at pro day) 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. 

**Pick 63 round 2-Malik Harrison LB-Ohio State-Big, phyical and tough. I had Zack Baun LB in the first round in mock 1.0 going big run stuffer for the Chiefs in this round.  Malik was first team all Big Ten. 16.5 tackles for loss this year.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.COM: 


Long-legged, loose-hipped linebacker with desired combination of size, physicality and range to help ruin the running game for teams needing linebacker help. His constant downhill mode disrupts blocking schemes and brings impact tackles, but it can be used against him with play-action and misdirection. The instincts are just average but his physical traits even it out on most snaps. He has some coverage limitations but can pressure the pocket as a blitzer and has the athleticism to spy mobile quarterbacks. He's big and tough with the potential to become a good starter inside or as a 4-3 strong-side linebacker.


From the Draft Network:

Tackling - He's a physical finisher, really good grip strength and wrap/roll ability to wrangle ball carriers. Closing burst is good and he does do a good job coming to balance when working off blocks to ensure he's able to finish challenges in the gap. 

Block Shedding - His ability to unload and coil into shedding reps is strong and allows him to stand up offensive linemen and neutralize forward push effectively. Good hand pop — he doesn't have elite length but his unload and coil into blocks offsets well enough for him to stack/extend. 

Competitive Toughness - Boomer, plays with a physical presence and thrives when teams try to come down hill at him and play man on man. Appreciate his motor, range and effort to work back into plays as a rally defender and shows good functional strength and leverage to stalemate bigger blockers. 

***Pick 96 round 3-Bryan Edwards WR-South Carolina-Chiefs do not have tall receivers on the roster so this would fix that.  Again this might be the best WR class ever so I am going with the 6'3" Edwards.  Broke his foot and didn't take part at the combine.  71 catches with 6 touchdowns this year and 22 TD's for his career.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.COM:


Consistently productive, four-year starter with size to fight for tight-window throws and speed to challenge over the top. Edwards is capable of eluding press for quick releases into routes and strong enough to fight back against grabby coverage at the top of the route. His quick acceleration creates early vertical windows for quarterbacks, but he needs to get better at bodying up and controlling the 50/50 catch space. While he should be able to polish up his route-running, the hands may always be hit or miss. He's a projectable "HWS" (height-weight-speed) prospect with WR2/WR3 potential.


Very good size and play strength

Consistent production against quality SEC competition

Used on all three levels by the South Carolina offense

Shifty creating space to release against press

Sells vertical push to create catch cushion underneath

Physical battling route-maulers short and deep

Adequate ball tracking downfield

Activates quick hands for sudden throws on slants

Able finish a crowded catch


Has had issues with focus drops throughout his career

Leans into route turns allowing corners to squeeze it

Needs to fine-tune his route-running

Long-strider with limited suddenness in and out of breaks

Can do a better job of using size on 50/50 throws

Average wiggle and toughness as catch-and-run option

Lack of effort hurt his running game against Georgia

From the Draft Network:

Contested Catch Ability - He's super tough to uproot at the catch point and wins spacing like a low post player in basketball. He's pretty savvy to extend late and use his frame to shield the ball. Some spectacular catches with defenders on the body and several other near misses litter his tape as well.

RAC Ability - Was used frequently as a screen target and showcased good field vision to break loose. Only modest long speed but he's physical as a receiver and will physically challenge smaller defenders to try to tackle him one on one, often running through soft challenges and breaking and creating extra yards.

Football IQ - Long-established starter who wins where he wins and has developed helpful habits to help aid his lack of dynamic athleticism. He's pretty nuanced to fight leverage. At times ate courtesy of manufactured touch passes and screens, a testament to his play making skills with the ball in his hands.


****Pick 138 round 4-Zack Moss RB-Utah-Tough runner.   This would be the guy to help the Chiefs continue to dominate 3rd down conversions as they led the league last year at 48%.  Ran for over 1,000 yards his last 3 years and had over 6.0 yards per carry in each of the last 2.  Finished last year with 1,416 yards rushing with 15 touchdowns and added 28 catches for 388 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving.


From Lance Zierlein NFL.COM:


Watching Moss' game tape is like watching an exercise in controlled violence on just about every carry, but his vision, balance, patience and wiggle are additional skills that help to make him a well-rounded runner. There is some wear and tear that could lend additional importance to his medicals and he may need to become more discerning with his physical challenges if he wants to see a second contract. He is a great fit for gap and inside zone-heavy rushing attacks and could become an effective, instant starter.


Well-built with power dispersed throughout

Both patient and urgent gears at his disposal

Runs with rare calm in the face of early penetration

Underrated vision to process and game plan beyond the line of scrimmage

Adequate burst inside with feel for the contour of the running lane

Short-stepping running style with elite contact balance

Arm tacklers might want to call in sick

Absorbs contact like a cement truck

Spin moves toss tacklers aside

Drops and squares pads as a finisher

Small space power to move the chains and find the paint

Has ability to handle third down duties if called into action

From the Draft Network:

Change of Direction: Wicked loose for a big man. Can drop his hips hard and snap his way into a different angle seemingly at will, with an eye-popping amount of body control for a player with such a boxy frame. Has nice reflexes and really active, quick feet to immediately redirect when defenders pops into gaps. Does have to generate runaway speed when working to outflank opponents and accordingly has a bad gear down when looking to fully change his course -- at best with smaller, more fluid redirections than true cutbacks.

Power: Brings the boomstick. Sees red when a defensive back or linebacker stops his feet in the hole and looks to punish. Has good natural leverage and good flexibility to get his shoulder even lower than an opponent who's trying to cut him at the knees. Tremendous hitting power allows for broken tackles in tight spaces, as well as pile-driving ability in short yardage situations.

*****Pick 177 round 5-Simon Stepaniak Guard-Indiana-Tore ACL at the Gator Bowl but still put up 37 bench press reps at the combine.  Started in 11 games last year with 10 at right guard and 1 at left guard.  Has the strenght and size for the Chiefs to move around on the line.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.COM:


Burly and strong with the ability to play either guard position in a gap-scheme attack. He's productive on double teams and combo blocks. Stepaniak comes off the ball and into opponents with some pop when he's singled up and he's a nasty block finisher, but he may not have enough length for NFL-block sustain. His ability to recover in pass pro is limited by both his wide base and exaggerated slide steps out to the edge. Despite his bench-press strength, Stepaniak gives too much ground to power rushers who push him into the pocket. It's possible to correct some of his pass protection issues and his physicality in the run game helps his cause as a late-round guard with backup potential.


Split low with broad lower body and thick calves

Keeps pads low out of stance and into drive blocks

Puts some pepper into his initial pop at contact

Excellent upper-body strength

Hands are quiet and efficient fitting his run block

Patient with good accuracy working up to linebackers

Plays with block-finishing grit

Hip to hip squeezing A-gap against blitzers

Good bend in ankles, knees and hips


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