Breaking down Chiefs’ pick in Draft Wire’s way-too-early 2024 mock draft

It hasn’t even been a full 24 hours since the conclusion of the 2023 NFL draft and our friend Curt Popejoy over at Draft Wire already has turned the chapter to 2024.

In his way-too-early first-round 2024 mock draft, Popejoy sends the Chiefs Ohio State S Josh Proctor. He returned to Ohio State as a fifth-year senior in 2023 due to the NCAA’s COVID-eligibility rules. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, he has the ideal size to play the position in the NFL.

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In 2022, he appeared in 11 games with the Buckeyes, recording 21 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and two passes defended. He’ll have to take a big leap in his production in 2023 in order to be considered a first-round pick. He certainly has the measurables and he has some moments on tape like this:

I’d be surprised if the Chiefs ended up going with a safety in the first round in the 2024 NFL draft. It’d almost certainly mean that they opted to use the out year in Justin Reid’s three-year contract or that a player like Bryan Cook has failed to take a second-year leap. Mike Edwards is slated to be a free agent in 2024, but the Chiefs also traded up in Round 4 of the 2023 NFL draft to select a versatile DB in Chamarri Conner.

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Story originally appeared on Chiefs Wire