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Kansas City Chiefs 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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As the 2021-22 NFL season nears a conclusion, the time has come yet again to look to the future. While the Chiefs still have a lot left to accomplish this year, it is never too early to prepare for next season. Here is a look at a Chiefs 2022 NFL Mock Draft. All picks are based on current data as of December 28, 2021.

Round 1 Pick 31:

Jahan Dotson, WR Penn State

A couple of months ago this pick would have unquestionably been spent on the defensive side of the ball. With the improved play on the defensive line and secondary, the Chiefs might do what they did two drafts ago. The Chiefs consulted franchise quarterback Patrick Mahomes about his thoughts on their first-round pick. Although the Chiefs do have perennial pro bowlers in tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes is in desperate need of a third option. This could come in the form of Jahan Dotson. Dotson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark receiving and also had 13 total touchdowns. Although undersized at 5-11, Dotson plays big and makes big plays too.

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Round 2 Pick 63:

Cameron Thomas, ED San Diego State

One of the reasons why the Chiefs have turned around their season has been their improved pass rush. A lot of this has been due to the addition of Melvin Ingram. Even if the Chiefs re-sign Ingram after this season, Ingram will turn 33 prior to next season. One way to do that would be to draft an every-down defensive end. Cameron Thomas has shown the potential to do that very thing. At 6-5 270, Thomas has the size that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo looks for in a defensive end. Thomas is tied for 8th in the country this year with 11.5 sacks. The addition of Thomas along the defensive line would be another great complimentary piece to Chris Jones and company.

Round 3 Pick 95:

Jalen Pitre, S Baylor

While the Chiefs remain hopeful to re-sign All-Pro safety, Tyrann Mathieu, financial issues could get in the way. Although no rookie can replace Mathieu’s production and leadership, Jalen Pitre would be a good replacement. The 2021 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Pitre provides a versatile component that fits well with what the Chiefs like to do. Pitre’s interception numbers do not pop off the page, but his ability to be around the ball does. In all, Pitre forced or recovered 5 fumbles and had 2 interceptions in 2021. This along with his football instinct would make Pitre a great fit for Kansas City.

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Round 4 Pick 133:

Kellen Diesch, OT Arizona State

Similar to the Tyrann Mathieu situation, the Chiefs will have a decision to make with left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. Coming off a Pro Bowl season, Brown Jr’s price just went up. If the Chiefs cannot afford to keep Brown Jr., they might have to look towards the draft to find a replacement. Standing at 6-7 300 pounds, Kellen Diesch could be a suitable replacement. The second-team All-Pac 12 selection, Diesch is good in both the run and pass game.

Round 7 Pick 230:

Allie Green IV, CB Missouri

Last year the Chiefs found a gem out of Missouri in the form of second-round pick Nick Bolton. While cornerback is no longer a pressing need for the Chiefs, depth at the position would be a plus. Standing at 6-2 200 pounds, Green IV provides great length at the cornerback position. With only 1 interception in his career, there are concerns about Green IV’s playmaking ability. But, Green IV’s size and length make him a perfect fit for the Chiefs in the 7th round.

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Round 7 Pick 251:

Abram Smith, RB Baylor

With Clyde Edwards-Helaire in and out of the lineup this year due to injury, the Chiefs have used the running back by committee strategy. What the Chiefs have struggled to find at times is a true goal line running back. The former linebacker turned running back, Abram Smith would provide a tough running style for the Chiefs. Smith had 1,429 yards rushing in 2021 averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

Mock Draft Recap

A lot of what the Chiefs will do in the 2022 NFL Draft will depend on who they are able to resign after the season ends. If Tyrann Mathieu and/or Orlando Brown Jr. are unable to be resigned, immediate replacements will be needed. But, if both are re-signed, finding franchise quarterback Patrick Mahomes another weapon will become the most pressing need.

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