Who are analysts selecting for Chiefs in the first round of the draft?

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Just days away from the 2022 NFL draft, experts are zeroing in on prospects that the Kansas City Chiefs might take in the first rounds with picks No. 29 and No. 30. Throughout the offseason and especially after the Tyreek Hill trade in March, predictions have been all over the place. It has lent plenty of intrigue to the potential selections that might be made depending on which prospects fall to the end of Round 1.

Only one thing is certain, though; Kansas City needs to add impact players to replace Hill and star safety Tyrann Mathieu in order to have a legitimate shot at getting back to the Super Bowl in February. If they can manage to find a couple of diamonds in the rough at the end of Round 1, the potential of this Chiefs team, led by former MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is limitless.

Here are the players experts expect Kansas City to take with the 29th and 30th overall picks next week:

Pick No. 29 roundup

AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Player & Position

School

Source

DB Jalen Pitre

Baylor

Doug Farrar – Touchdown Wire

EDGE George Karlaftis

Purdue

Luke Easterling – Draft Wire

S Daxton Hill (Trade)

Michigan

Chad Reuter – NFL.com

Trade Down

N/A

Maurice Jones-Drew – NFL.com

EDGE George Karlaftis

Purdue

Peter Schrager – NFL.com

S Daxton Hill

Michigan

Mike Kaye – Pro Football Network

WR Jahan Dotson

Penn State

Marcus Mosher – The Game Day

IOL Kenyon Green

Texas A&M

Chris Trapasso – CBS Sports

WR Jahan Dotson

Penn State

Eric Eager – Pro Football Focus

CB Kaiir Elam

Florida

Thor Nystrom – NBC Sports

Pick No. 30 roundup

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Player & Position

School

Source

DT Devonte Wyatt

Georgia

Doug Farrar – Touchdown Wire

CB Kyler Gordon

Washington

Luke Easterling – Draft Wire

WR George Pickens

Georgia

Chad Reuter – NFL.com

EDGE George Karlaftis

Purdue

Maurice Jones-Drew – NFL.com

CB Kyler Gordon

Washington

Peter Schrager – NFL.com

EDGE David Ojabo

Michigan

Mike Kaye – Pro Football Network

S Daxton Hill

Michigan

Marcus Mosher – The Game Day

WR Christian Watson

North Dakota State

Chris Trapasso – CBS Sports

S Daxton Hill

Michigan

Eric Eager – Pro Football Focus

WR Treylon Burks

Arkansas

Thor Nystrom – NBC Sports

Receiver talk subsides, but Jahan Dotson emerges as a popular selection in round one

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Experts seemed certain that the Chiefs would take a swing on a receiver in the first round since they moved their star deep threat to Miami, but it seems that hype has dropped off recently as many predict the team to focus on their defense. Penn State prospect Jahan Dotson has taken center stage as the target for Kansas City in several of these mock drafts should they choose to draft a receiver. With an early run at the position likely in the middle of the first round, it’s hard to tell if the value will warrant his selection at No. 29 or No. 30.

Dotson has all the panache you want in a receiver, including speed to spare on deep routes. Still, with so many needs all over the field on defense, the Chiefs might be better served taking blue-chip prospects in the secondary or on the defensive line, opting to wait to take a receiver.

Trade down scenarios aren't the most popular, but make a ton of sense for Kansas City

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Fans are clamoring for a trade-up in this draft given the capital that the Chiefs hold in their 12 total picks, but a trade down in the first might be Kansas City’s best shot to fill every hole on their roster after a relatively tame offseason. They have needs across the board on defense, and they could stand to add pieces on offense to keep their scoring output among the top of the league’s leaderboards next season.

There is a ton of value in rounds two and three of this draft, and if the best prospects come off the board in the first 28 selections, the Chiefs could decide to move one of their first-round picks for a bevy of mid-round picks. It is worth noting, too, that if Kansas City wants to make a move for any of the already-established receivers that are potentially available via trade, they could swap one of their firsts for the player plus picks depending on what negotiations look like.

Brett Veach insisted on Friday that the team will look to maximize its capital to build through the draft. A trade seems likely to play a role in helping him to do just that. Whether that trade would be for picks, players, more or better prospects is unknown, but the Chiefs’ front office is likely to do whatever they deem necessary to put the team in the best position to win next season.

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