Header Banner

2021 Chiefs mock draft 2.0

There has been one theme for the Kansas City Chiefs since the Super Bowl…rebuild this offensive line. The Bucs edge rushers Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett had free reign in that game and Patrick Mahomes didn’t stand a chance. After letting Eric Fischer walk, it seemed like this line was only going to get worse, but Andy Reid quickly flipped the script on that. They spent big and brought in Joe Thuney from New England and they hope to get back Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. The team also resigned tackle Mike Remmers and brought Kyle Long out of retirement, so they’re in a solid spot heading into this draft to grab at least one more starting offensive lineman.

Our Chiefs mock draft 2.0, sees them doing just that by selecting offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg. 

The Notre Dame product would be a day 1 starter and would be in discussion for either tackle spots or even moving into guard. This is key for Kansas City, a team who expects to make very long post season runs and will definitely, in some shape or form, encounter injuries to the line. Eichenberg could win a starting job at right tackle, but due to an injury flip across to left tackle to fill in.

Embed from Getty Images

I’ve seen some drafts projecting a defensive pick here, but that completely ignores what every NFL fan saw in the Super Bowl. If you’re spending half a billion dollars on a starting quarterback, you must protect that investment. The Chiefs have no other choice but to spend this pick on that one singular objective…protect Patrick Mahomes at all costs.

In the second round of our Chiefs mock draft 2.0, we project them to grab a falling Javonte Williams, running back out of North Carolina. 

Andy Reid made it known last season that he prefers a dual running back system. He was not afraid to take carries and snaps away from Clyde Edwards-Helaire despite producing well early on. Leveon Bell struggled to ever gain any sort of traction, but the Chiefs did not snuff out his snaps as they gave him ample opportunity to return to form. That experiment failed, but they have the chance in our Chiefs mock draft 2.0 to land a falling star.

Edwards-Helaire encountered some injuries and was probably over-used in the first half of the season. Williams stepping in would cure all of that. You would have two starting caliber, multi-dimensional backs, so if one went down the offense wouldn’t skip a beat. As mentioned earlier, the Chiefs are looking to make another long postseason run, on the back of a newly extended 17 game regular season format. They can’t drive Edwards-Helaire into the ground, this might seem like a “nice to have” pick on the surface but recognizing the amount of games that they need to play this is clearly a need.

In just two picks in our Chiefs mock draft 2.0, the Chiefs have helped ensure the protection of Mahomes and even given him a new weapon in the offense. This would be a much-feared team heading into 2021. I would expect them to turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball in the future rounds primarily, except a couple of more selections for the offensive line.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.