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Saccopoo Memorial Draft Forum>*** 2022 Mock Draft Megathread ***
duncan_idaho 12:45 PM 11-23-2021
Got a mock? Pop it in this thread. Include a picture if you want. Explain your reasoning if you want. Talk about your crushes... if you want.

See a good "pro" mock? Link it up in here and I'll add it to the OP.

Duncan's latest mock

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The Draft Network This mock seems to be the most accurate site right now, so I go with this one. I don't pay for it, so no trades here. The plan is for this to be my last mock. I'm going to do it differently, though. I'm running 3 scenarios, and eschewing the 7th round picks, which I would use on a big swings on athleticism and potential. Lotto tickets. James Houston IV is one of them. Note: I used PFF to simulate the trade action, then manually backed up in the 2 "trade" drafts to make selections. Laborious, but gives you best of both worlds, IMO. I think PFF's trade tool is the best, but its board is whack.

Draft slot: 29

Scenario 1: The Chiefs sit pat with their picks and don't make any moves at all. Seems the least likely, but hey...
1.29 | George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue.
1.30 | Boye Mafe, DE, Minnesota.
2.50 | George Pickens, WR, Georgia.
2.62 | Travis Jones, DT, UConn.
3.94 | Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State.
3.103(Comp for Poles) | Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State.
4.121 | Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati.
4.135 | Velus Jones, Jr., Tennessee

Scenario 1 Debrief:
So, sitting and waiting to see what comes to me was pretty successful here. The Chiefs FLOOD the defensive line with reinforcements, including at least 1 ready-made starter and two guys who should - at minimum - be in 50/50 rotations at their spots by year end. The Chiefs still get a big outside WR with tantalizing potential. They add some crazy athletic small-school guys, and a mid-round corner who just fits in the system, and a dynamo return man who might be more at WR.

This looks pretty good. Though I have a hard time believing Karlaftis just falls to 29...

Scenario 2: The Chiefs get aggressive and trade up. But for what? In this case, let's go wide receiver. In this run, Kansas City trades picks 29, 62, and a 2023 3rd to Houston for pick 13 and a 2023 4th, because they ARE as obsessed with a WR as people expect and are aggressive to go get him when the board falls right. They then trade BACK from 30 to 35 with the Jets, also including pick 94 in order to get 69 back. Then, last but not least, KC gets aggressive one more time and moves 103 and 121 for 85 from New England, leaving the Chiefs with 6 picks in the first four rounds.
1.13 | Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama.
2.35 | Cam Thomas, DE, San Diego State.
2.50 | Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor.
3.69 | Zachary Carter, DT, Florida.
3.85 | Sam Williams, DE, Ole Miss.
4.135 | Jaylen Watson, CB, Washington State

Scenario 2 Debrief:
I'm not saying KC should do this or even that I think they will (more on that in a few minutes). I'm just saying, man, what will it look like if the Chiefs get aggressive a few times AND are doing the big move for a WR? In this scenario, KC obviously believes Williams is a game-changer at the NFL level and is taking a small 2022 hit to make 2023+ better. The defensive line still gets reinforced, but the reinforcements are all a shade worse than the sit-pat draft option. If you like Kingsley Enagbare or Josh PAscal more than Thomas, I get it and wouldn't quibble at one of those guys instead. Logan Hall, too. Pitre is such a screaming perfect fit for KC's D. Carter is a great physical talent you can dream about coaching up. Williams' utility is known and gives them a true RE option to pair against their higher-drafted bigger guy. Watson is a developmental corner.

I don't love it. I think Pitre makes the secondary a lot better and makes it easier to move on from Thornhill after 22. They have improved the defensive rotation, though one of the DEs would need to outperform expectations in Year 1 to get it to the same level as Scenario 1. In all, giving up the 2 extra selections in the top 4 rounds hurts the depth you can build, but I think it's more like what KC will do.

Scenario 3: Same movements as #2
1.13 | Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State.
2.35 | Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State.
2.50 | Sam Williams, DE, Ole Miss.
3.69 | Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati.
3.85 | Martin Emerson, CB, Miss. State.
4.135 | Braxton Jones, T, Southern Utah

Scenario 3 Debrief:
This is the type of situation where I see KC paying the price to move up... if Johnson falls this far, I'd be shocked if KC isn't aggressively moving up. With this run, I take a risky but high upside WR in Watson (but you could sub in Pickens or Jahan Dotson or Tolbert or Metchie or Skyy Moore or really any of those tier 2 guys here if you prefer). The secondary reinforcements aren't flashy but are good fits.

In this one, I think the plan has to become adding either another safety or corner in free agency before the season. Ideally, it's someone who can handle the slot and let Sneed thriver on the outside. The DL gets a major boost and some potential star power in Johnson and Williams, and the OL gets another T option and potential long-term starter to develop.

Having completed the exercise and looking at the scenariors, I like the first one the most. But it really does come down to how the board breaks.

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The Franchise 08:23 PM 03-21-2022
Originally Posted by RunKC:
I put a lot of stock into Nate Taylorís reports. The most recent one said he thinks Veach will trade up for a DL.

I have to think that would be Boye Mafe or George Karlaftis
It has to be either Wyatt, Johnson or Karlaftis.
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Tribal Warfare 08:25 PM 03-21-2022
Originally Posted by RunKC:
I put a lot of stock into Nate Taylor’s reports. The most recent one said he thinks Veach will trade up for a DL.

I have to think that would be Boye Mafe or George Karlaftis
It won't be Karlaftis, if Veach goes for one it'll be an athletic freak that drops like Sam Williams in the 2nd round
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BossChief 10:14 PM 03-21-2022
Fun draft with a few big trade downs. Didn’t make first pick to end of second. Lots of swings.

KC
62.

Jalen Tolbert
WR South Alabama
KC
64.

Cameron Thomas
EDGE San Diego State
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KC
93.

Kingsley Enagbare
EDGE South Carolina
trade icon
KC
94.

Calvin Austin III
WR Memphis
KC
96.

James Cook
RB Georgia
trade icon
KC
105.

Damone Clark
LB LSU
trade icon
KC
135.

Smoke Monday
S Auburn
KC
137.

Bryan Cook
S Cincinnati
trade icon
KC
144.

Max Mitchell
OT Louisiana
trade icon
KC
160.

Vincent Gray
CB Michigan
trade icon
KC
195.

Zach VanValkenburg
EDGE Iowa
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KC
233.

Mike Rose
LB Iowa State
KC
243.

Chris Steele
CB USC
KC
251.

Thomas Booker
DT Stanford

I also added a 2023 third.
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BossChief 10:50 PM 03-21-2022
This would be a pass rush heavy draft if we moved back a bit

KC
43.

David Ojabo
EDGE Michigan
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KC
62.

Sam Williams
EDGE Mississippi
KC
74.

DeMarvin Leal
DT Texas A&M
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KC
94.

Calvin Austin III
WR Memphis
KC
103.

James Cook
RB Georgia
KC
137.

Smoke Monday
S Auburn
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KC
199.

Marcus Jones
CB Houston
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KC
233.

Zach VanValkenburg
EDGE Iowa
KC
243.

Chris Steele
CB USC
KC
251.

Jalen Nailor
WR Michigan State
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BossChief 11:18 PM 03-21-2022
Trade down hitting on needs

KC
49.

Sam Williams
EDGE Mississippi
trade icon
KC
62.

Cameron Thomas
EDGE San Diego State
KC
73.

John Metchie III
WR Alabama
trade icon
KC
94.

Kerby Joseph
S Illinois
KC
98.

Calvin Austin III
WR Memphis
trade icon
KC
99.

James Cook
RB Georgia
trade icon
KC
103.

Jalyn Armour-Davis
CB Alabama
KC
135.

Smoke Monday
S Auburn
KC
233.

Julius Turner
DT Rutgers
KC
243.

Scott Nelson
S Wisconsin
KC
251.

Velus Jones Jr.
WR Tennessee
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BossChief 11:41 PM 03-21-2022
Stay put and address needs draft

KC
37.

Devonte Wyatt
DT Georgia
trade icon
KC
62.

Boye Mafe
EDGE Minnesota
KC
68.

Jalen Pitre
S Baylor
trade icon
KC
94.

Romeo Doubs
WR Nevada
KC
103.

James Cook
RB Georgia
KC
233.

Josh Jobe
CB Alabama
KC
243.

Kana'i Mauga
LB USC
KC
251.

Chris Steele
CB USC
KC
259.

Nasir Greer
S Wake Forest
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Chris Meck 08:23 AM 03-22-2022
DAAAAAAAMN.

Traded down to #32, picked up #97.

KC
32.
Perrion Winfrey
DT Oklahoma-Chris Jones 2. Paired is awesome, allows you to move on from Jones next year if you want to.

trade icon
KC
62.
Boye Mafe
EDGE Minnesota-freak athlete EDGE. Extremely high ceiling player.

KC
94.
Jalen Tolbert
WR South Alabama-couldn't believe he was still here, but Pierce and Watson rising probably contributes. Pretty safe bet to be a quality NFL receiver. Prototypical 'X'.

KC
97.
Daniel Faalele
OT Minnesota-massive, road grader RT. 6'8", 380. You can't get around him. I'd drop him down to like 350 for a little more mobility, but you can't coach massive size.
trade icon

KC
103.
Pierre Strong Jr.
RB South Dakota State-freak athlete, speed merchant RB. This cat will break it outside on those outside zone runs.

KC
135.
Alontae Taylor
CB Tennessee-excellent size, length, and RAS scores. Plus athlete in every way; moldable clay for Spags.

KC
233.
Bo Melton
WR Rutgers-I'm taking freak athletes late. This cat has loads of athletic potential.

KC
243.
D'Marco Jackson
LB Appalachian State-small school player with super athleticism. Should play well above this draft slot.

KC
251.
Jeremiah Moon
LB Florida-just in case, I'm doubling down on the freak athlete LB's. Moon is bigger; more of a SAM maybe but an athlete like Gay. Between these two guys, I think one should finish the LB corps for awhile.

KC
259.
Isaiah Weston
WR Northern Iowa-6'3"219, with a 9.99 RAS score? WHOA. Obviously will be raw but with that kind of athletic ability, you take a swing here.
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CatfishBob2 11:46 AM 03-22-2022
KC
30.
Perrion Winfrey
DT Oklahoma

KC
62.
Arnold Ebiketie
EDGE Penn State
KC

94.
Zyon McCollum
CB Sam Houston State
KC

103.
Leo Chenal
LB Wisconsin

KC
135.
Noah Elliss
DT Idaho

KC
181.
Keaontay Ingram
RB USC
moved up

KC
209.
Isaiah Weston
WR Northern Iowa
moved up

KC
251.
Luke Tenuta
OT Virginia Tech

I tried aiming way down the draft board for each pick to make it as realistic as possible
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poolboy 05:01 PM 03-22-2022
so, who are the best plug and play players that might be available to us in round 1?
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The Franchise 06:35 PM 03-22-2022
Jeremiah 3.0 has us taking Ebiketie.
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staylor26 07:00 PM 03-22-2022
Originally Posted by The Franchise:
Jeremiah 3.0 has us taking Ebiketie.
DJ would love that :-)
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Stryker 07:20 PM 03-22-2022
My wish list for the draft:

Devonte Wyatt
Arnold Ebiketie
Kaiir Elam
Breece Hall

fill in from there.
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RunKC 07:40 PM 03-22-2022
I just watched Ebiketie and damn do I like him. No wonder Veach likes this class damn.

Ebiketie
Johnson
Mafe
Karlaftis
Ojabo

Very deep class that will have a couple of those guys floating around after pick 25 IMO
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The Franchise 08:10 PM 03-22-2022
Ebiketie has been my dude since day one. Would have been ecstatic with him in the 2nd but I’d be fine with him at 30.
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ntexascardfan 10:26 PM 03-22-2022
I would not be sad if we could get Ebiketie and then package our second and one of our thirds to move up and get someone like Travis Jones.
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