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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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RunKC 01:01 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by staylor26:
Not a fan of waiting until 103 to draft a WR, but thereís no denying that those first 4 picks are great, and I love Ezukanma.

Love Mathis and Ridgeway in the 4th too.
Iím a big Ebeketie fan. Also like Nickís write up on Josh Paschal. He really does remind me of ZaíDarius Smith
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staylor26 01:14 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by RunKC:
Iím a big Ebeketie fan. Also like Nickís write up on Josh Paschal. He really does remind me of ZaíDarius Smith
Dude, I was pimping Paschal on here long before anybody else. You donít have to sell me on him!
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staylor26 01:15 PM 04-23-2022
They’re doing a guest mock draft on the NFL Stock Exchange podcast.

Seth Keysor picked George Pickens at 29.

BJ Kissel picked David Ojabo at 30.

That’s a very high upside start to the draft.
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kcbubb 01:24 PM 04-23-2022
If you’re looking for a long armed DE with 34” plus arms, who’s available that we could get? Anyone else on this list?

Jermaine Johnson
Arnold Ebiketie
Kingsley Enagbare
Drake Jackson
Micheal Clemons
Alex Wright
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RunKC 01:27 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by staylor26:
Dude, I was pimping Paschal on here long before anybody else. You donít have to sell me on him!
Man Iíve never In my life seen so many good edge players in one draft. I really think we are gonna take 2 of them early
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JohnnyHammersticks 01:53 PM 04-23-2022
Anyone else get as big of a boner as I do when you watch Troy Anderson highlights? All-conf QB turned all-conf LB who runs a 4.41? When I think about what our coaches could do with someone that athletic who has that high of a football IQ it makes my head spin.
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BossChief 02:58 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by JohnnyHammersticks:
Anyone else get as big of a boner as I do when you watch Troy Anderson highlights? All-conf QB turned all-conf LB who runs a 4.41? When I think about what our coaches could do with someone that athletic who has that high of a football IQ it makes my head spin.
Heís going to be a star that will go much earlier than most think. Late second to mid third is my best educated guess.
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Chris Meck 03:14 PM 04-23-2022
Burks was a no-brainer at #29 but I didn't feel like any of the next batch of kids was worth #30 so I took a trade down. I think this might be a realistic scenario:

KC
29.
Treylon Burks
WR Arkansas-AJ Brown/Deebo type, physical, playmaker WR. No brainer pick.

KC
42.
Arnold Ebiketie
EDGE Penn State-high motor, freaky athlete, pass rush help here.

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KC
50.
Travis Jones
DT Connecticut-wasn't thrilled with the board here; and rather than reach, I take a chance on the potential for Jones to reach his athletic ceiling. As is, he's an immediate upgrade next to Chris Jones.

KC
62.
Alec Pierce
WR Cincinnati-a bigger, faster Jordy Nelson works for me here. Polished prospect, pretty solid bet.

KC
73.
Sam Williams
EDGE Mississippi-first round talent EDGE, needs to keep his hands to himself off the field, so he falls to us here. I've totally re-stocked the D-line with talent by this pick and feel really good about it.

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KC
94.
Rachaad White
RB Arizona State-This kid is just a workhorse 3 down back. Called the best receiving back in this draft, explosive, great vision. CEH can't make the club when he's always in the tub.
KC

103.
Zyon McCollum
CB Sam Houston State-a slight reach maybe? Maybe not, with 4.3 speed at 6'4". Here's your lengthy corner, Spags!

KC
121.
Braxton Jones
OT Southern Utah-the more I look at this kid, the more I like him. I think he could challenge right out of the gate at RT. At a reasonable floor, he's a long-term swing tackle.

KC
135.
JT Woods
S Baylor-Dax Hill lite. Similar physical characteristics, good size, excellent speed. Spags' 3 safety sets are now FULL of plus athletes. No more fuckin' Sorensen bullshit.
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chiefforlife 04:09 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by Chris Meck:
Burks was a no-brainer at #29 but I didn't feel like any of the next batch of kids was worth #30 so I took a trade down. I think this might be a realistic scenario:

KC
29.
Treylon Burks
WR Arkansas-AJ Brown/Deebo type, physical, playmaker WR. No brainer pick.

KC
42.
Arnold Ebiketie
EDGE Penn State-high motor, freaky athlete, pass rush help here.

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KC
50.
Travis Jones
DT Connecticut-wasn't thrilled with the board here; and rather than reach, I take a chance on the potential for Jones to reach his athletic ceiling. As is, he's an immediate upgrade next to Chris Jones.

KC
62.
Alec Pierce
WR Cincinnati-a bigger, faster Jordy Nelson works for me here. Polished prospect, pretty solid bet.

KC
73.
Sam Williams
EDGE Mississippi-first round talent EDGE, needs to keep his hands to himself off the field, so he falls to us here. I've totally re-stocked the D-line with talent by this pick and feel really good about it.

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KC
94.
Rachaad White
RB Arizona State-This kid is just a workhorse 3 down back. Called the best receiving back in this draft, explosive, great vision. CEH can't make the club when he's always in the tub.
KC

103.
Zyon McCollum
CB Sam Houston State-a slight reach maybe? Maybe not, with 4.3 speed at 6'4". Here's your lengthy corner, Spags!

KC
121.
Braxton Jones
OT Southern Utah-the more I look at this kid, the more I like him. I think he could challenge right out of the gate at RT. At a reasonable floor, he's a long-term swing tackle.

KC
135.
JT Woods
S Baylor-Dax Hill lite. Similar physical characteristics, good size, excellent speed. Spags' 3 safety sets are now FULL of plus athletes. No more fuckin' Sorensen bullshit.
That is a thing of Beauty! I love it!
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chiefforlife 04:14 PM 04-23-2022
Sirius Fan draft on the way home yesterday...

29 Daxton Hill
30 Devin Loyd

I never considered Loyd being there but wow, I know I know, but wow.

Think about it? Best LBs in the league!

I have no idea what Edge rushers were left but the #1 LB in the draft is pretty awesome at 30.
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TambaBerry 06:24 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by chiefforlife:
Sirius Fan draft on the way home yesterday...

29 Daxton Hill
30 Devin Loyd

I never considered Loyd being there but wow, I know I know, but wow.

Think about it? Best LBs in the league!

I have no idea what Edge rushers were left but the #1 LB in the draft is pretty awesome at 30.
I took him in the mock draft and they all shit on me
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duncan_idaho 06:57 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by chiefforlife:
Sirius Fan draft on the way home yesterday...

29 Daxton Hill
30 Devin Loyd

I never considered Loyd being there but wow, I know I know, but wow.

Think about it? Best LBs in the league!

I have no idea what Edge rushers were left but the #1 LB in the draft is pretty awesome at 30.

If they were set at DE and in the secondary and could just take the best defensive player available, sure.

But with their needs elsewhere and the depth at those positions of need and the recent high investments at LB, I donít like that swing.

Lloyd doesnít help them get after the passer more consistently without blitzing. He might be a better 3-down option than Bolton or Gay, but again, adding him turns one of those high investments into a 30-40 percent of snaps player.
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The Franchise 07:07 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by TambaBerry:
I took him in the mock draft and they all shit on me
Because itís a stupid fucking pick.
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TambaBerry 07:28 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by The Franchise:
Because itís a stupid ****ing pick.
Disagree but if I'm picking again I'm going ebiketie and Winfrey
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chiefforlife 08:09 PM 04-23-2022
Originally Posted by The Franchise:
Because itís a stupid fucking pick.
Not if the top 6/7 DEs are gone, maybe the top 3/4 CBs?

I mean he is the BEST LB in the draft? Im sure it wont happen but if we got screwed with big runs on other positions of great need...
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