By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on April 8, 2014
In this mock draft, I'm going to look at how things might play out if the Kansas City Chiefs were to trade down with the San Francisco 49ers in the first round. The trade would make sense if the 49ers see a player they love available when Kansas City picks at No. 23. San Fran has six picks in the first three rounds, and they're frequent trade partners with the Chiefs, who have made a tradition out of taking their quarterback leftovers.
In this scenario, the Chiefs give the 49ers the No. 23 overall pick for No. 30, and receive a third-round selection (No. 94) in exchange. Kouandjio does have some injury concerns, but his upside is through the roof. The Chiefs typically don't mind gambling on a player with question marks if the possible return is high enough, and Kouandjio could fill a major area of need for Kansas City.
Moncrief proved both at the NFL Combine and at Ole Miss that he has the size, speed, hands and athleticism to succeed. He should have GMs drooling, but an amazing crop of wide receivers are overshadowing him. If Moncrief is still available in the third round, the Chiefs would be foolish to pass on him.
The Chiefs absolutely have to address the secondary in this draft. Desir would be a great place to start despite the fact that playing his college career in Division II (Lindenwood) could cause a few more growing pains than most prospects have. He definitely has the size and athleticism to develop into a quality player for Kansas City.
The Chiefs need to attack the offensive line hard in this draft after losing Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah to free agency. Watt is a great low-risk prospect to help counteract the risk of picking Kouandjio in the first round. Watt was very dependable in college, missing only three starts in 39 games in his last three seasons at Notre Dame.
Southward wasn't cleared for the NFL Combine, but made up for it with an incredibly strong performance at Wisconsin's Pro Day. He ran an unofficial 4.35 in the 40 and showed off a 42-inch vertical leap. He still has a lot to learn and some raw skills to develop, but he definitely has potential.
The Chiefs could use some depth at outside linebacker with Tamba Hali having his 31st birthday in November. Zumwalt is a big hitter who could bring immediate value to special teams while he develops into a defensive contributor.
Josey was a combine star who is somehow still being ridiculously undervalued. Among running backs, he posted the third best 40-yard dash (4.43), the fifth best 20-yard shuttle (4.13) and the fourth best 60-yard shuttle (11.67). The former Missouri Tiger is an explosive playmaker who proved himself against some tough SEC defenses. Whoever snags him is getting a major steal.
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