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Mock Draft Roundup 7.0: New Names Enter the Discussion for the Chiefs

Posted Mar 10, 2017

Rounding up the latest picks from around the internet

The NFL Scouting Combine is over, and draft analysts from around the internet have adjusted the picks in their latest mock drafts based on the impressive performances by many last week in Indianapolis.

It’s still way too early for these mock selections to be anything more than an exercise in becoming familiar with names that’ll be called at some point on draft night, as we’re barely into free agency, but many teams have already begun signing players and throwing plenty of money around over the last 24 hours as the new league year began at 3:00 p.m. CT on Thursday. 

For the Kansas City Chiefs, who made headlines early last week by keeping their own with the contract extensions of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Eric Berry—the positions targeted in these mocks remain largely the same—inside linebacker, quarterback and cornerback.

Each of the picks make sense in that a team can never have enough good defensive backs, and the injuries to veteran inside linebackers Josh Mauga, Derrick Johnson and second-year player Justin March-Lillard last year—tested the depth at that position.

Pro Bowl special teams player D.J. Alexander stepped in alongside Ramik Wilson, who played well when called upon on the inside.

At quarterback, that’s a position Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has stated before that he’s not averse to selecting every year, something that was a philosophy of his mentor, Pro Football Hall of Fame personnel man Ron Wolf.

“As long as you have the good coaches willing to take the time to develop (quarterbacks), that model can work,” Dorsey said via Emily Kaplan’s feature at MMQB.

The Chiefs are in a good spot in that department.

According to 17 of the latest mock drafts, the most popular name for the Chiefs at No. 27 is Vanderbilt inside linebacker Zach Cunningham, who has been a constant since we began these mock draft roundups in January.

There are a few new names added to the list this week, including cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson of USC and Marlon Humphrey of Alabama.

Mock Draft Roundup 7.0: New Names Linked to Chiefs for Pick No. 27

Analyst

Company

Player

POS

School

Link to NFL.com Scouting Reports

Chad Reuter

NFL.com

Sidney Jones

CB

Washington

Player comparison - Marcus Peters

Maurice Moton

Bleacher Report

Marlon Humphrey

CB

Alabama

Player comparison - Jimmy Smith

Will Brinson

CBS Sports

Adoree' Jackson

CB

USC

Player comparison - Johnathan Joseph

Bucky Brooks

NFL.com

Reuben Foster

ILB

Alabama

Player comparison - Bobby Wagner

Emily Kaplan

MMQB

Reuben Foster

ILB

Alabama

Player comparison - Bobby Wagner

Chris Burke

Sports Illustrated

Zach Cunningham

ILB

Vanderbilt

Player comparison - Alec Ogletree

Ryan Wilson

CBS Sports

Raekwon McMillan

ILB

Ohio State

Player comparison - Mason Foster

Rob Rang

CBS Sports

Zach Cunningham

ILB

Vanderbilt

Player comparison - Alec Ogletree

Pete Prisco

CBS Sports

Zach Cunningham

ILB

Vanderbilt

Player comparison - Alec Ogletree

Jared Dubin

CBS Sports

Haason Reddick

ILB/OLB

Temple

Player comparison - Ryan Shazier

Lance Zierlein

NFL.com

Tim Williams

OLB

Alabama

Player comparison - Leonard Floyd

Charley Casserly

NFL.com

Deshaun Watson

QB

Clemson

Player comparison - Marcus Mariota

Walter Cherepinsky

Walter Football

Deshaun Watson

QB

Clemson

Player comparison - Marcus Mariota

Matt Miller

Bleacher Report

Pat Mahomes II

QB

Texas Tech

Player comparison - Jay Cutler

Dane Brugler

CBS Sports

Pat Mahomes II

QB

Texas Tech

Player comparison - Jay Cutler

Daniel Jeremiah

NFL.com

Budda Baker

S

Washington

Player comparison - Bob Sanders

Nate Davis

USA Today

Mike Williams

WR

Clemson

Player comparison - Plaxico Burress

Here’s a look at the most popular selections in past mock draft roundups:

Past Mock Draft Roundups

Date

Version

Most popular player(s)

January 27

1.0

Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan (2), Jarrad Davis (2)

February 3

2.0

Florida LB Jarrad Davis

February 10

3.0

Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham (2) / Washington S Budda Baker (2) / Florida State RB Dalvin Cook (2)

February 17

4.0

Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham (3)

February 24

5.0

Vanerbilt LB Zach Cunningham (4), Temple LB Haason Reddick (3)

March 3

6.0

Clemson WR Mike Williams (2)

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