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Latest NFL Mock Draft: Could These Five Prospects Help the Chiefs?

Posted Mar 22, 2018

The Chiefs currently have eight picks in this year’s draft

While the Kansas City Chiefs might not currently hold a first-round pick in this year’s draft, that doesn’t mean there aren’t mock drafts out there that Chiefs fans can’t enjoy.

And that’s because in a few of the latest mock drafts, which, for all intents and purposes should only be used as a way to get to know players, and not necessarily an indication of what the team might do—because nobody knows, the latest one that posted this week went beyond the first round.

The folks at NFL.com actually went five rounds with their latest mock draft.

Here’s a look at their Chiefs’ picks, plus a little excerpt from their draft profiles, courtesy of Lance Zierlein:

Round 2 (No. 54) – Sam Hubbard, OLB, Ohio State

Height – 6’5”

Weight – 265 pounds

2017 Stats – 42 tackles (13.5 for loss), 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

Accolades:

*Frosh All-American (2015)

*Honorable Mention All-Big 10 (2016)

*Second-team All-Big 10 (2017)

*First-team Academic All-American (2017) – 3.61 GPA in Finance

“He will appeal to defensive coordinators looking for guys with size and motor to plug into a blitz-heavy, twist-happy defense.”

For more on Hubbard, click here.

Round 3 (No. 78) – Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State

Height – 6’5”

Weight – 315 pounds

2017 Stats – 38 tackles (12.5 for loss), 4 sacks

Accolades:

*Third-team All-MIAA (2015)

*Second-team All-MIAA (2016)

*Second-team All-American (2017)

*MIAA Defensive Player of the Year (2017)

“His physical traits and athletic ability will be considered moldable clay by NFL evaluators and coaches. Flashes a big-time hand slap and hip flip to hurl himself around a blocker's edge as a rusher. Athletic when pursuing in space.

“Shepherd lined up inside in college, but may be better suited as a 4i or five-technique in a 3-4 front. While he won't be ready early on, he has the ability to become a productive NFL defensive lineman with improved strength and better technique work.”

For more on Shepherd, click here.

Round 3 (No. 86) – DeShon Elliott, S, Texas

Height – 6’2”

Weight – 205 pounds

2017 Stats – 63 tackles (8.5 for loss), 6 INTs (2 TDs), 9 passes defensed, 2 forced fumbles

Accolades:

*First-team All-American (2017)

*First-team All-Big XII (2017)

*Finalist for Jim Thorpe Award (Nation’s Top Defensive Back)                    

“Elliott has good size and is a physical defender who will need to play near the line of scrimmage to take advantage of his aggressiveness and minimize his athletic limitations. Scouts say he loves the game including the work that goes into it so he has a good shot of sticking on a roster as a backup strong safety with immediate coverage ability on kickoffs and punts.”

For more on Elliott, click here.

Round 4 (No. 122) – Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech

Height – 6’4”

Weight – 301 pounds

Started 13 games at left guard in 2017

Accolades:

*First-team All-ACC (2017)

“He has the play strength, body control and hand usage you want from an interior player, but his tape simply wasn't trustworthy this season. Teller has limitations, but he also has enough in the toolbox to work with. He'll be a fit as a backup with eventual starter potential in a power-based scheme if he can revert to his 2016 form.”

For more on Teller, click here.

Round 4 (No. 124) – Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State

Height – 6’4”

Weight – 220 pounds

2017 Stats – 59 receptions, 1,156 yards, 19.6 yards per reception, 8 TDs

Accolades:

*Second-team All-Big XII (2017)

“Long target with good size and functional speed. Ateman played in a vertical offense that took advantage of subpar secondaries in his conference and should fit into a West Coast offense as a pro. His frame and ball skills give him instant credibility as a jump ball threat in the red-zone while he continues to hone his skill set. Ateman should be an early backup with a chance to climb the ladder on the depth chart.”

For more on Ateman, click here.

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