The 2023 NFL Draft is less than three weeks away, and as the football-watching world prepares to descend on Kansas City, the internet is rife with mock drafts and projections as to how the first round will play out.
Here's a look at who some of the latest mock drafts from around the web have the Chiefs selecting with the No. 31 overall pick on April 27:
ESPN.com (Todd McShay) (April 4): Kansas State EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah
ESPN Senior Writer Todd McShay sent a familiar name to the Chiefs with the No. 31 overall pick in K-State defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah. Here's what McShay had to say about the selection:
"Anudike-Uzomah is a speed rusher who can beat double-teams and pursues the QB with relentless effort. He tallied 19.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss since becoming a starter with the Wildcats in 2021. The Chiefs were second in sacks last season with 55, but much of their production came either from the blitz or Chris Jones on the interior. Adding Anudike-Uzomah to an edge-rush group that already includes George Karlaftis and Charles Omenihu should create a little more balance."
The Athletic (Nick Baumgardner) (April 7): Oklahoma OT Anton Harrison
Senior Writer Nick Baumgardner has the Chiefs taking an offensive tackle in his most recent mock draft, sending Oklahoma's Anton Harrison to Kansas City at No. 31 overall. Here's more from Baumgardner:
"Tackle and pass rusher are strong needs for the Chiefs, and they're in a good spot to address both issues with their first two picks. The tackle options toward the bottom of Round 1 should be solid, especially if you need a right tackle (which Kansas City does). Harrison has been underrated this cycle."
NFL.com (Adam Rank) (April 6): Oregon State TE Luke Musgrave
NFL.com writer Adam Rank has the Chiefs bolstering their offensive arsenal in his latest mock draft by sending Oregon State tight end Luke Musgrave to Kansas City. Here's more from Rank:
"The world is your oyster right now, as the defending champs with an all-timer under center. Travis Kelce is still the best tight end in the game, but good lord, getting the speedy Musgrave on this team might be criminal. I say you take a swing here."
Pro Football Focus (Mike Renner) (April 4): Clemson EDGE Myles Murphy
PFF Lead Draft Analyst Mike Renner sent a pass-rusher to the Chiefs at the end of the first round in his latest mock draft, projecting Clemson defensive end Myles Murphy to Kansas City. Here's Renner's analysis:
"The Chiefs love strong defensive ends, and Murphy is right up there with anyone in the class in that regard. He was already a dominant run defender as a true freshman at Clemson but never quite developed a pass-rushing package."
The Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer) (April 7): Notre Dame EDGE Isaiah Foskey
The Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer also has Kansas City selecting an edge rusher to close out the first round, but he instead went with Notre Dame's Isaiah Foskey. Here's more from Iyer:
"The Chiefs are in the process of rebuilding their outside pass rush after drafting George Karlaftis last year and releasing Frank Clark this year. Foskey, with his well-rounded powerful and sometimes explosive moves, would be the ideal bookend to produce quickly for Steve Spagnuolo."
NFL.com (Lance Zierlein) (April 4): Tennessee WR Cedric Tillman
NFL Media Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein went a different direction in his latest mock, sending Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman to the Chiefs. Here's Zierlein's reasoning for the pick:
"Tillman totaled 17 catches for 352 yards and two touchdowns in games against Georgia and Alabama in 2021 when he was fully healthy. With his high ankle sprain behind him, this is a steal."