With the NFL season in full swing, teams are already preparing for the 2023 draft. What are the analysts on the web projecting into mock drafts for the KC Chiefs?
While we’re still midway through the season, teams are already busy preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft. Many teams are sending college scouts around the country to attend college football games each week to better understand the young prospects they can select in the following draft.
Kansas City and the Chiefs are hosting the 2023 NFL Draft, but what kind of players are they potentially interested in? What positions will they target? It’s too early to know for sure, but there are countless NFL mock drafts on the internet, so let’s take a quick look at what several draft analysts are projecting for Kansas City.
wide receiver, tigers
Here’s what Joe Marino had to say about the Chiefs selecting Gonzalez in their mock draft:
The Chiefs’ wide receiver corps was overhauled last offseason, and there’s a chance it will look different again after next offseason. As Kansas City’s roster continues to get expensive, there is a need for major rookie contributors. Kayshon Boutte is the most physically dynamic wide receiver in the rising class, and his pairing with Patrick Mahomes could be lethal.
I love this mock pick for the Chiefs. Tight end Travis Kelce is still amazing, but he’s getting up in age. JuJu Smith-Schuster has improved in recent weeks, with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, and should be retained. Skyy Moore has shown potential, but it’s not a sure thing. Kansas City would be wise to add another receiving weapon for Mahomes to make the offensive end unstoppable in passing situations.
wide receiver, Volunteers
defensive tackle, Longhorns
tight end, Beavers
FRINGE, Trojan horses
Here is James Fragoza’s analysis of Jalin Hyatt’s selection:
Let’s be honest – this pick should be vetoed by the other 31 NFL teams. Jalin Hyatt is a football player with track speed, not a track star playing football. Hyatt kills cornerbacks in the open field, and once he’s matched up with the cornerback, he’s gone.
Imagine that type of breakaway speed paired with Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid? OH WAIT…
After his dominant performance against Alabama a few weeks ago, I would welcome Jalin Hyatt to the Chiefs with open arms. He has a chance to be the dynamic playmaker at receiver that the Chiefs have been missing since the Tyreek Hill trade. Of course, Hyatt will most likely never be as good as Hill, but he has a chance to replace the speed and playmaking elements that the Chiefs currently lack.
After Chris Jones, the Chiefs don’t have much at defensive tackle, so the addition of Keondre Coburn could be a massive boost to their defensive line, literally and figuratively. Coburn is 6-foot-2 and 343 pounds, but he’s a real threat. Jones and Coburn side by side could be unblockable for the vast majority of interior offensive lines.
Luke Musgrave would be an interesting pick for Kansas City in this year’s draft. He has the physical tools of a superstar, big with good speed and can quickly find open space on the field, but is more of a projection based on his potential. Whether the Chiefs are willing to select a tight end this early will depend heavily on how the Chiefs view Noah Gray.
I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of Tuli Tuipulotu’s selection for the Chiefs. I think he can be a solid player in the NFL, but I also don’t see him as a high-level pass rusher off the edge, although he could potentially kick inside in obvious pass-rushing situations.
FRINGE, Wild cats
Here’s how McDonald justified the choice of Anudike-Uzomah:
A fringe prospect to eventually replace Frank Clark and play opposite George Karlaftis for the next few seasons.
Kansas City native? Yes. Are you attending the University of Kansas? Confirmatory. Does he play the required position? Yes. A great soccer player? Absolutely. Where is the 2023 NFL Draft? Kansas City.
I doubt Felix Anudike-Uzomah will be available late in the first round of the draft, but if he is, the Chiefs should sprint to the podium. It’s not necessarily about FAU being the local kid, but he’s exactly what the Chiefs need on their defense. He has good top speed for defense and a great first step. He would be the perfect complement to George Karlaftis.