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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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htismaqe 10:02 AM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by The Franchise:
The correct answer is take Christian Watson at 29 and then Pickens at 30 because WE NEED ALL THE WRS!!!!!!!!
Trade up to #4 and take Jameson.
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The Franchise 10:03 AM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by htismaqe:
Trade up to #4 and take Jameson.
I mean...obviously.
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Chris Meck 10:03 AM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by The Franchise:
The correct answer is take Christian Watson at 29 and then Pickens at 30 because WE NEED ALL THE WRS!!!!!!!!
Nah but I'd happily take 'em both in the second, after two D-linemen in the first.
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staylor26 10:06 AM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by RunKC:
Listening to the KCSn pod the other day and they always talk about how corner is not considered an early round priority. They seem to have a plug and play system ready made thatís worked well.

Honestly Iím with DJ here. We need to take a sledgehammer to this DL. Iím using 2 of those top 50 picks and one of our 3rd rd picks all on DL. I

Itís that bad
Yes, Iím fully prepared for the Chiefs to pass on Booth and Elam if theyíre there.

I myself would take Karlaftis and Ojabo, as Iíve already let it be known thatís my dream draft if we stay at 29 & 30.

But Booth is who Iíd take if Ojaboí injury is a no go for them.
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BossChief 10:07 AM 04-07-2022
I used next years 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th and every trade was 92% or better. So this shouldnít be terribly unrealistic if Veach decides to use resources from next year to take advantage of the surplus value of the depth in this years draft.
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BossChief 10:11 AM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by RunKC:
Listening to the KCSn pod the other day and they always talk about how corner is not considered an early round priority. They seem to have a plug and play system ready made thatís worked well.

Honestly Iím with DJ here. We need to take a sledgehammer to this DL. Iím using 2 of those top 50 picks and one of our 3rd rd picks all on DL. I

Itís that bad
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.
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The Franchise 10:12 AM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by staylor26:
Yes, Iím fully prepared for the Chiefs to pass on Booth and Elam if theyíre there.

I myself would take Karlaftis and Ojabo, as Iíve already let it be known thatís my dream draft if we stay at 29 & 30.

But Booth is who Iíd take if Ojaboí injury is a no go for them.
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.
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BossChief 10:14 AM 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.
Cam Thomas is available at 50 in almost every mock.

Karlaftis and Thomas would be a really nice set of DEs…
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The Franchise 10:15 AM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by BossChief:
Can Thomas is available at 50 in almost every mock.

Karlaftis and Thomas would be a really nice set of DEsÖ
Karlaftis and Thomas are basically mirror images of each other. If you take Karlaftis....then you grab a guy who has a higher ceiling when it comes to pass rush.
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staylor26 10:22 AM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by The Franchise:
Karlaftis and Thomas are basically mirror images of each other. If you take Karlaftis....then you grab a guy who has a higher ceiling when it comes to pass rush.
This. Williams or Jackson would make a lot more sense.
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staylor26 10:25 AM 04-07-2022
Here’s a scenario that I love:

29. George Karlaftis
30. David Ojabo
50. Travis Jones or Kyler Gordon
62. John Metchie or Jalen Tolbert
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RunKC 10:42 AM 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.
We have a shade under $39 million in cap space next year before cutting Clark or getting a restructure from Patrick.

Weíll have plenty of money and draft picks to fix that
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Dull Tools 10:57 AM 04-07-2022
KC
29.

David Ojabo
EDGE Michigan
KC
39.

Boye Mafe
EDGE Minnesota
trade icon
KC
50.

Travis Jones
DT Connecticut
KC
62.

Christian Watson
WR North Dakota State
KC
71.

Coby Bryant
CB Cincinnati
trade icon
KC
101.

Justyn Ross
WR Clemson
trade icon
KC
103.

Jalyn Armour-Davis
CB Alabama
KC
121.

Jelani Woods
TE Virginia
KC
124.

Dameon Pierce
RB Florida
trade icon
KC
135.

Nick Cross
S Maryland
KC
233.

Percy Butler
S Louisiana
KC
243.

Austin Allen
TE Nebraska
KC
251.

Damarion Williams
CB Houston
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RunKC 04:54 PM 04-07-2022
From San Diego Tribune:

29. Kansas City from Miami through San Francisco (10-7) ó Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan, Jr.
30. Kansas City (12-5) ó George Pickens, WR, Georgia, Jr.
50. Kansas City from Miami ó Arnold Ebiketie, Edge, Penn St., Sr.
62. Kansas City ó Jalen Pitre, DB, Baylor, Sr.
94. Kansas City ó Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida, Sr.
103. Kansas City ó Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis, Sr.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com...ions?_amp=true
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Couch-Potato 05:43 PM 04-07-2022
Originally Posted by staylor26:
Here’s a scenario that I love:

29. George Karlaftis
30. David Ojabo
50. Travis Jones or Kyler Gordon
62. John Metchie or Jalen Tolbert
How about...

29. DT Devonte Wyatt
30. DE George Karlaftis
50. DE David Ojabo (Injury)
62. DT Demarvin Leal
94. WR Calvin Austin II
103. CB Coby Bryant
121. WR Justyn Ross (Injury)
135. S Nick Cross
233. RB Jerrion Ealy
243. LB James Houston
251. LB Damone Clark (Injury)
259. OL Best Available RT

^This is my "Pray they all fall to us" draft
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