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Bink Chiefs mock 3.0:

Jay Binkley
March 18, 2019 - 1:08 pm
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Things have changed for the Chiefs since mock 2.0.  They have signed the Honey Badger and corner Bashaud Breeland so pass rusher becomes the top priority:

Here are my other mocks:

MOCK 1.0:

MOCK 2.0:

Now it is time for mock 3.0:

-Round 1 – No. 29 overall-Jaylon Ferguson EDGE Louisiana Tech-Staying with "Sack Daddy" with this pick.  So crucial now that Ford and Houston are gone.  The NCAA all time leader in sacks.  Had dinner with the Chiefs last weekend so there is some interest there.  Had 17.5 sacks last year.  College stats for Ferguson:  I have stayed with this pick like I did with Mahomes in 2017.  Such a position of need and there is a real possibility they trade up as the have a 1 with 2 2's this year and next.  If they stay put Ferguson should be there.

From the Draft Network:

Hand Usage - This is where he makes his money. Terrific speed-to-power conversion with low pad level and hands inside. Strong, physical player he utilizes long arms and cross chops at the top of the arc to beat tackles' hands. Push-pull and snatch is his signature move. Tossed around LSU's right tackle like he was a D-III kid.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.com:

Overview

Extremely productive edge defender with an NFL-caliber frame that continues to take shape. Ferguson plays with good toughness at the point of attack and became a much more disruptive run defender as the season progressed. He appears to have average athletic traits but benefits from an instinctive pass-rush approach. He has experience as an edge linebacker, but his length and build increase the likelihood he'll be targeted as an even-front defensive end with potential to become a good NFL starter.

-Round 2 – No. 61 overall-Taylor Rapp safety Washington:  Many people like this guy including a guy in an NFL front office.  Big hitter who could be a nice compliment to the Honey Badger. 58 tackles last year, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions.  Does it all.  The Chiefs talked to him at the combine.

From the Draft Network:

Acceleration -Pretty linear athlete, he does bring some juice but it's only when he's able to roll into his start and he's breaking forwards as a delayed blitzer or in open field pursuit: more issues arise when he has to collect his base or pivot.

Tackling -Ace tackler. His impact in run support can't be overstated. He's got quick closing burst thanks to effort and good angles to stay over the top of runs before breaking down but drops the hammer on folks when he's the first arriving defender.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.com:

Overview

Versatile three-year starter who combines tenacity with football intelligence to play at a consistently high level. Rapp isn't big, but he's well-built and durability hasn't been a concern despite his physical nature as a striker. He played all over the field this year and might be best-suited in a mix between down safety and two-high looks with the ability to cover tight ends. His coverage talent is average, but his run support effort and open-field tackling are clearly defined strengths that make him a relatively safe selection.

-Round 2 – No. 63 overall (from Los Angeles Rams) Julian Love corner Notre Dame-49 tackles, 3 for loss an interception and 3 fumbles.  Quick corner that can really cover.

From the Draft Network:

PROS: Quick feet to mirror-and-match receivers in man coverage. Explodes to the ball from a standstill in underneath coverage. Reads the 3-step game well and processing the action in front of him quickly. Makes plays on the ball with ability to close on routes breaking in front of him. From off coverage, uses hands well to re-direct and even jam up a receiver down the field (albeit testing the illegal contact rules). Instincts and anticipation are pluses. Appears to have the long speed to stay on top of receivers. Off-coverage is currently his bread-and-butter.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.com:

Strengths

Highly instinctive and quick to process and respond

Posted 32 pass breakups and 4 interceptions over last two years at Notre Dame

Low, smooth backpedal and unwilling to panic and open early

Inspiring ability to mirror and match with quick, quiet feet

Anticipates routes and runs them for the wideout

Consistent level of coverage in zone or man

Never far from the route

Drives in front of catch point to make plays

Times hand swipes around the face of crossing routes

Can scrape the catch loose or dislodge it with some force

High-level technician operating with plus-body control

-Round 3 – No. 92 overall-Jace Sternberger Tight End Texas A & M-Needs to work on run block but smooth in his routes.  Could be a great option for tight end #2 with the Chiefs.  With Demetrius Harris going to Cleveland this needs to be a priority.  The former Kansas transfer had 48 catches for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.

From the Draft Network:

Versatility -Has been aligned all over offensive sets: flexed, in an H-back/move role and in traditional in-line formation. Receiving chops are effective in all spaces but the further away from the edge the better blocker he can be. Wins with speed and natural body control as receiver. 

Contested Catch Ability -Has made several impressive catches in traffic. Has held onto a few hospital balls that his QB hung him out to dry on. His aggressive approach of the football and his body control to brace for contact are top shelf in this regard. 

From Lance Zierlein NFL.com:

Overview

Despite his experience in-line and willingness to block in Jimbo Fisher's offense, he has neither the size nor strength to handle those duties as a pro. Sternberger is athletic with above-average ball skills, catch radius and route breaks that help him undercover on the second and third level. His paychecks will be tied to his pass-catching so he'll need to play stronger through route contact and with better focus when contested. He has eventual starter potential as a move tight-end who can function as a big WR3/4 from the slot.

-Round 5 – No. 167 overall-Max Scharping-tackle Northern Illinois-Big 6'6" 327 lbs.  The Chiefs need to draft offensive line depth and I like getting these guys in the mid rounds.   Chiefs may have to move up for this one which they have the draft capitol to do.

 

From the Draft Network:

Blocking in Space - Has success as a vertical blocker climbing to the second level. Stays under control and balanced in space. Reach extends his range despite modest athletic ability to quickly reach his landmarks. Mostly takes sound angles but the realistic landmarks he can get to are limited. 

Power - Has enough play strength but he isn't a mauler. Needs to become more deliberate to leverage his hips to reduce his pad level and maximize his play strength. Feet will occasionally lag behind his upper body. Body needs to sync up more consistently to have more success. 

From Lance Zierlein NFL.com:

Overview

Ascending tackle prospect with impressive combination of size and functional athletic ability. Scharping has the ability to handle bull-rushers and finds ways to recover and get guys blocked after getting beat early. However, NFL rushers will look to exploit the inconsistent footwork and balance that shows up when his pass sets become hurried and unfocused against true edge speed. He might get a shot at left tackle, but might be best-suited on the right side where he has the potential to become an above-average starter.

-Round 6 – No. 201 overall  -Miles Boykin wr Notre Dame-6'4 220 lb receiver.  4.42 40 at the combine for his size really stood out.  Many see this as a late round guy.  59 catches, 872 yards and 8 touchdown last year. 

 

From the Draft Network:

Hands - Has the requisite hand strength and catch technique to make acrobatic and contested catches away from his frame. Can attack the football above the rim and from odd angles away from his frame. Guilty of some poor catch technique across the middle of the field but hand strength again helps him here.

Route Running - Developing. Is urgent and effortful in his route stem, but doesn't do well to set up the corner when working his releases and regularly fights through more contact than is necessary or wanted. Too willing to give up the red line on vertical releases and gets worked into the sideline, limiting his throwing window. Ability to snap hips through breaks and get flat to the line of scrimmage on outs particularly impresses -- fluidity through hard redirects creates promise for improved route-running.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.com:

Overview

Lingering on his tape can cause excessive focus on his inconsistencies and areas of improvement, but projecting his traits with additional coaching makes more sense. Boykin's size, length and athleticism offers exciting potential as an outside receiver with mismatch potential, but he will have to learn how to counter press, improve his routes and become more competitive when the ball is in the air. His size won't matter if he doesn't learn to impose it on others. If that happens, he'll become an eventual starter with a high ceiling.

-Round 6 - No. 214 overall (compensatory pick) -Jonathan Ledbetter DE Georgia -Late round pick who could use development especially getting bigger.  Could play DE or DT.   You know how much Veach likes SEC players.

From the Draft Network:

PROS: Unbelievable frame with ideal, height, weight, length and muscle distribution. Powerful, heavy-handed defender in the trenches. Overwhelmed tight ends and fullbacks at the point of attack. Low pad level allows him to drop anchor and stack and shed blockers in a phone booth.

Nasty swim move to work over top of blockers as a pass rusher. Has powerful hands and has flashed the ability to create movement as a bull rusher. Varies his pace and can lull blockers to sleep before snapping into a plan of attack. Tough, physical football player billed as one of the defensive leaders going into 2018. Projects to inside pass rush work in the NFL, a growing role.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.com:

Overview

Clear-cut "tweener" lacking the quickness and rush of a defensive end and the mass of an interior tackle. Ledbetter has an ability to win with skill, technique and effort over traits and twitch, but that will become much more challenging on the next level unless he continues to get bigger and stronger. He doesn't offer rush value, but he plays hard and does his job. He should find work as a blue-collar backup defensive lineman with some flexibility between DE and DT, depending on scheme.

-Round 7 – No. 216 overall (from San Francisco)-Mark Fields corner Clemson-Staying with this pick in round 7 just like the last mock.  Developmental player but that speed is hard to pass up.  Can see special teams contributor.  4.37 40 and 18 bench press reps.

From Lance Zierlein NFL.com:

Overview

Fields' draft stock has taken an upward turn after a strong second-half performance against Alabama and a solid week of work at the Senior Bowl. He's combination of strength, speed and explosiveness should serve him well as he transitions inside. His lack of experience shows up in his technique and pattern recognition, but with time, his athletic traits and natural man cover talent could give him a chance to be a starting nickel.

 

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