The 2022 NFL Draft kicks off later this week, and with a league-most 12 selections this year, the possibilities are truly endless for the Kansas City Chiefs. That stable of picks includes two selections in the first round, and according to the latest "mock drafts" from around the web, the Chiefs could go in any number of directions.
Peter King from NBC Sports has Kansas City using the 29th overall pick on North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson, who excelled at both the Senior Bowl and the Combine after catching seven touchdowns for the Bison in 2021. Here's what King wrote about Watson:
"If the Chiefs don't put a ransom together to move up to the eight-to-12 area of the first round, I think the 6-4 and blossoming Watson is a strong play here. He runs sub-4.4, he's played in significant bad weather, and he averaged a huge 20.4 yards per catch against lesser competition. He could be the kind of receiver Andy Reid lets learn and play a small role this year, while getting him ready for 2023. The reward could be good."
Next, King sent Georgia safety Lewis Cine to the Chiefs with pick No. 30. A tremendous blend of athleticism and physicality, Cine possesses the versality to excel in coverage and as a playmaker in the box. Here's what King had to say about Cine:
"One of the great stories in this draft, and one of the players scouts like the most. Cine (pronounced "Seen") was born in Haiti to a 16-year-old mom; it's why he wore "16" at Georgia. His early life was split between Haiti and Florida, and he moved to Massachusetts to be with his dad for a few years, then finished high school in Dallas. That's where he was tutored by Deion Sanders as a player and became a big-time recruit. At 6-2 ¼ and 200 pounds, he runs a 4.37 40-yard dash and hits like a strong safety. 'What a lot of us like about him is he's a natural leader, and he played his best in the biggest games,' said one GM. That includes being the defensive MVP in the national championship game against Alabama. Kansas City would be a good spot for him, and he could make a 2022 impact."
The folks at Pro Football Focus also have the Chiefs selecting a wide receiver and a defensive back in Round 1, but they went with two different players. First, PFF sent Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson to Kansas City with pick No. 29. Dotson – who checks in at 5-foot-11 and 184 pounds – is considered one of the top slot receivers in this year's class. Next, PFF had the Chiefs going with Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth at pick No. 30. Booth has good size and length for the position, and according to PFF, he's the most scheme-diverse corner in this class. Here's what they wrote about Booth:
"Booth, a former five-star recruit, is an aggressive tackler and a smooth athlete who improved his PFF grade every year of his Clemson career. The 6-foot, 195-pounder closed the 2021 season with a 78.7 PFF coverage grade, having allowed just 29 receptions for 312 yards on 46 targets. He also allowed just two touchdowns while logging three pass breakups and three picks."
Lastly, Chad Reuter – who recently released a full, seven-round mock draft on NFL.com – projected a trade in the first round that had the Chiefs acquiring the No. 26 overall pick from Tennessee to select Michigan defensive back Dax Hill. A versatile and speedy playmaker, Hill showed off excellent coverage skills and range during his college career. Here's what Reuter had to say about Hill:
"Hill was called a safety at Michigan, but he has corner speed and change-of-direction skills. The Chiefs really need bodies on the outside, so Hill could play on the perimeter to start and potentially move around to nickel or safety depending on the formation or how the team uses its later selections."
Next, Reuter sent Georgia wide receiver George Pickens to Kansas City with the 29th overall selection. Pickens, who tore his ACL during spring practices last year but still managed to return for the Bulldogs' run in the College Football Playoff, likely would have been a top-15 pick had it not been for the injury. He has great size at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds to go along with a tremendous catch radius.
Here's a look at some other players being mocked to the Chiefs from around the web:
CBS Sports: Ohio State WR Chris Olave and Houston EDGE Logan Hall
Sports Illustrated: Alabama WR Jameson Williams and Purdue EDGE George Karlaftis
Sporting News: Penn State WR Jahan Dotson and Michigan EDGE David Ojabo