The 2022 NFL Draft is less than a month away, and for the first time in quite a while, no team has more selections than the Kansas City Chiefs. General Manager Brett Veach and company possess 12 picks this year, including six selections in the first three rounds. That slate of picks begins with the No. 29 and No. 30 selections in Round 1, making the latest mock drafts from around the web twice as interesting for Chiefs' fans.
ESPN's Mike Tannenbaum has the Chiefs taking a wide receiver with pick No. 29 in his latest mock draft, sending speedy Alabama playmaker Jameson Williams to Kansas City. Williams is a popular option for the Chiefs amongst mock draft scribes, but it usually involves a projected trade into the earlier portion of Round 1. Tannenbaum has Williams falling all the way to No. 29, however, providing Kansas City with a tremendous value addition at the backend of the first round. Williams was one of the most electric receivers in all of college football last season, as he found the end zone 15 times through the air. If fact, if it hadn't been for a torn ACL suffered in the National Championship Game, it's likely that Williams could have gone in the top 10.
Here's what Tannenbaum wrote about Williams:
"…Williams tore his ACL and won't be ready for Week 1, but his explosion and speed make him the ideal Chiefs draft pick. I was really impressed with Williams' play in the SEC Championship, when he had seven catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns."
Next, Tannenbaum sent Penn State edge rusher Arnold Ebiketie to Kansas City with pick No 30. A former Temple standout, Ebiketie transferred to Penn State for the 2021 campaign and showed out in a big way, racking up 52 total pressures.
Elsewhere, Bucky Brooks from NFL.com sent Western Michigan wide receiver Skyy Moore to Kansas City with pick No. 29 in his latest mock draft. Moore put together a monster season in 2021, hauling in 94 receptions for 1,291 yards and 10 touchdowns. His style of play has drawn comparisons to former New England Patriots' wide receiver Julian Edelman, and in a draft full of agile playmakers, Pro Football Focus claimed that Moore may be the most elusive.
Brooks then added to the Chiefs' defense with pick No. 30, making Michigan safety Dax Hill the newest member of Kansas City's secondary. Hill manned the slot for the Wolverines last season, but several experts believe that he projects as a deep safety in the NFL. He's a versatile player who possesses tremendous speed and excellent coverage skills, as evidenced by his seven forced incompletions in 2021.
Here's what Brooks wrote about Hill:
"Hill is a prototypical nickel defender with the kind of hit, run and cover skills that will make him a hot commodity for a team that loves to attack with pressure."
Sticking with the folks at NFL.com, Cynthia Frelund – who utilizes a “win-share value added” formula to make her selections – also sent Hill to the Chiefs in the first round before selecting another defensive back – Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam – with pick No. 30. A long player at six-foot-two, Elam allowed just 19 catches for 191 yards last season in 10 games. He's a physical player who isn't afraid to challenge opposing receivers at the line or in coverage, and he had a ton of experience in the SEC – nearly 1,000 coverage snaps – against some of the top competition in the country.
Here's a look at some other players being mocked to the Chiefs from around the web:
Pro Football Focus: Washington CB Kyler Gordon and Georgia EDGE Travon Walker
The Sporting News: Arkansas WR Treylon Burks and Minnesota EDGE Boye Mafe
CBS Sports: Georgia DL Devonte Wyatt and Michigan EDGE David Ojabo
Bleacher Report: Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker and North Dakota State WR Christian Watson