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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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Chris Meck 05:53 PM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by BossChief:
We only have Snead under contract after this year, thoughÖand the AFCW went out and vastly upgraded their passing games. Iím sure is a position that will get a couple new pieces.
Sneed we will probably pay. We should have the cap room, and as a player who can play inside, outside, and blitz all at a high level he has a lot of extra value over a strictly boundary corner.
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Chris Meck 05:55 PM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by The Franchise:
Even if you take Ojabo out of the equation. I'm taking Karlaftis and I'd be okay with Jones at 30. He may not be an exciting pick because he's "just a NT" but that defensive line would be well on its way to becoming better.

Clark - Jones - Jones - Karlaftis

Clark is there in name only because I'm grabbing another DE in the 2nd round to start subbing him out immediately.
You just want to say "Keeping up with the Jones's!" Any time one of them makes a play.
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JPH83 06:11 PM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by Chris Meck:
Sneed we will probably pay. We should have the cap room, and as a player who can play inside, outside, and blitz all at a high level he has a lot of extra value over a strictly boundary corner.
I think Sneed CAN be excellent but his play last year was massively overated by people here.
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BossChief 10:03 PM 04-07-2022
For staying put, Iíd be excited for this draft.

The idea of moving up 5-10 spots by using a combo of this years and next years picks is growing on me. I wonder how far we could get if we traded next years first and the 50 pick this year.
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Nightfyre 10:43 PM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by BossChief:
For staying put, Iíd be excited for this draft.

The idea of moving up 5-10 spots by using a combo of this years and next years picks is growing on me. I wonder how far we could get if we traded next years first and the 50 pick this year.
I like where your head is at. The only thing is I am not a believer in mafe
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BossChief 09:41 AM 04-08-2022
Originally Posted by Nightfyre:
I like where your head is at. The only thing is I am not a believer in mafe
Iíve heard that from a couple people. What are your thoughts as to why you donít think he will be good? I see a classic 4-3 DE with a good first step that finishes plays against the pass and run. I think in this system, he can develop into a monster thatís similar to Hali with a better first step and really good speed In pursuit.

He also had the highest pass rush grade of anyone at senior bowl week.

I donít get the attempted narrative that he wouldnít be a good fit in KC, but maybe Iím missing something.
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The Franchise 10:45 PM 04-08-2022
I’ve seen enough mock drafts where we give up a ton of value for Jameson Williams. Jesus Christ it’s getting old.
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staylor26 11:02 PM 04-08-2022
KC
29.

David Ojabo
EDGE Michigan
KC
30.

Jahan Dotson
WR Penn State
KC
50.

Travis Jones
DT Connecticut
KC
62.

Sam Williams
EDGE Mississippi
KC
94.

Nick Cross
S Maryland
KC
103.

Zyon McCollum
CB Sam Houston State
KC
121.

Jelani Woods
TE Virginia
KC
135.

Tyquan Thornton
WR Baylor
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Nightfyre 02:03 AM 04-09-2022
Originally Posted by BossChief:
I’ve heard that from a couple people. What are your thoughts as to why you don’t think he will be good? I see a classic 4-3 DE with a good first step that finishes plays against the pass and run. I think in this system, he can develop into a monster that’s similar to Hali with a better first step and really good speed In pursuit.

He also had the highest pass rush grade of anyone at senior bowl week.

I don’t get the attempted narrative that he wouldn’t be a good fit in KC, but maybe I’m missing something.
He's 24, unpolished, despite playing for Minnesota and presumably having access to some legit coaching. That gives me the impression that he is slow to develop.
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Chargem 06:49 AM 04-09-2022
Some of these land so great

29.

Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Olave
WR, Ohio State
30.

Kansas City Chiefs
Daxton Hill
S, Michigan
50.

Kansas City Chiefs
Cameron Thomas
EDGE, San Diego State
62.

Kansas City Chiefs
DeMarvin Leal
IDL, Texas A&M
94.

Kansas City Chiefs
James Cook
RB, Georgia
103.

Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Williams - Fayetteville State
CB, NCAA
121.

Kansas City Chiefs
Bo Melton
WR, Rutgers
135.

Kansas City Chiefs
Terrel Bernard
LB, Baylor
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chop 09:11 AM 04-09-2022
KC
29.

David Ojabo
EDGE Michigan
KC
30.

George Pickens
WR Georgia
KC
50.

Drake Jackson
EDGE USC
KC
62.

Breece Hall
RB Iowa State
KC
94.

Greg Dulcich
TE UCLA
KC
103.

Darian Kinnard
OT Kentucky
KC
121.

Zyon McCollum
CB Sam Houston State
KC
135.

John Ridgeway
DT Arkansas
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RunKC 06:00 PM 04-09-2022
Spags loves man corners. If we take one early I think this is the dude

Highest man coverage grades in a season since 2018

🔒 Kyler Gordon (í21): 90.9
🔒 Byron Murphy Jr (í18): 90.8
🔒 Derek Stingley Jr (í19): 90.3 pic.twitter.com/yWvIZ1eJKg

— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 7, 2022

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GloucesterChief 09:03 PM 04-09-2022
Would never happen but damn this would be great:

KC
29.

Devonte Wyatt
DT Georgia
KC
35.

David Ojabo
EDGE Michigan
trade icon
KC
56.

Cameron Thomas
EDGE San Diego State
trade icon
KC
62.

Jalen Tolbert
WR South Alabama
KC
69.

Kyler Gordon
CB Washington
trade icon
KC
94.

Leo Chenal
LB Wisconsin
KC
103.

Jerome Ford
RB Cincinnati
KC
121.

Erik Ezukanma
WR Texas Tech
KC
135.

Zachary Carter
DT Florida
KC
233.

Scott Nelson
S Wisconsin
KC
243.

Spencer Burford
OT UTSA
KC
251.

Ty Chandler
RB North Carolina
KC
259.

Kyler McMichael
CB North Carolina
2023 DAL 3rd
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emaw1979 09:31 PM 04-09-2022
Originally Posted by The Franchise:
Iíve seen enough mock drafts where we give up a ton of value for Jameson Williams. Jesus Christ itís getting old.
I agree. I could see a trade just before GB if they have a WR they covet but there are so many WR's in this draft they don't need to trade up. Legit #1's can be had at 29/30.

I'd be perfectly fine for a trade-up for one of the big-time pass rushers if they fall into reach in the early teens. That's it though.
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Tribal Warfare 10:39 PM 04-09-2022
Schrager believes KC will pick Travis Jones and trade down with Seattle picking Matt Coral.

He didn't mention the pick compensation for KC
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