Mock Draft Round-Up 2.0: Who do the Experts Have the Chiefs Taking in the First Round?

We're just about a month away from the 2020 Draft as the NFL offseason is in full swing, and as always, the internet is full of mock drafts, projections and analysis of who each team will select.  

Here's the latest look at who the experts have the Chiefs selecting in the first round on April 23.

Charles Davis of NFL.com thinks Kansas City will add to their backfield with the No. 32 overall selection, picking Wisconsin tailback Jonathan Taylor. A three-time All-American, Taylor is only the second player in NCAA history to rush for 2,000+ yards in back-to-back seasons. Davis cited Taylor's unique blend of size and speed in his explanation of the pick:

"…[Taylor] ran a very impressive 4.39 40 at the combine. He showed he can handle the full run game at 226 pounds and would fit K.C.'s offense well."

Fellow NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein also has the Chiefs bolstering the running game with Georgia tailback D'Andre Swift, who earned First-Team All-SEC honors in 2019 after rushing for 1,218 yards and seven scores.

Zierlein believes Swift is the perfect addition to Kansas City's already electric offense:

"This is theft. Grabbing a three-down talent like Swift makes it even tougher to slow the champs."

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso, meanwhile, has the Chiefs selecting Auburn cornerback Noah Igbinoghene to wrap up the first round. Here's what Trapasso had to say about the pick:

"Love this pairing. Igbinoghene is a freaky athlete with some rawness to his game, but he also had high-level reps in the SEC on the outside."

Igbinoghene, a standout track star in addition to his talents on the gridiron, was originally a wide receiver for the Tigers before switching over to defense prior to the 2018 season. He's still relatively new to the position, but his athleticism and ability – not to mention his value on special teams as a return man – make him a guy to watch on draft day.

Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News also slotted in a cornerback at No. 32 to Kansas City but instead went with TCU defensive back Jeff Gladney. Iyer described a bit of what makes Gladney special in his breakdown:

"…He is scrappy and aggressive in making plays on the ball, with a knack of being honed in on receivers' routes."

A four-year starter for the Horned Frogs, Gladney led the Big 12 in pass break-ups as a senior in 2019 while registering 31 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and an interception.

TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney (12) in action as TCU played Purdue in an NCAA football game on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

USA Today's Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz agreed with that pick, projecting Gladney to the Chiefs in his most recent mock draft as well while citing the First-Team All-Big 12 selection's ability to stay with receivers downfield.

Elsewhere, NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks projects that the Chiefs will select LSU pass-rusher K'Lavon Chaisson – who led the national champions with 13.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 sacks - with their first selection. Here's what Brooks had to say about Chaisson:

"Adding a speedy pass rusher with outstanding first-step quickness and burst could help the Chiefs' defense preserve leads with Patrick Mahomes lighting up the scoreboard every week."

Check back next week as we run through the latest series of mock drafts to hit the web.

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