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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock: Chiefs

By Adam Teicher

Most conventional pre-draft wisdom has the Kansas City Chiefs going with a wide receiver in the first round, 23rd overall. USC’s Marqise Lee, LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr., Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks and Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin are some of the receivers who have been associated with the Chiefs at that pick.

ESPN analyst Todd McShay in his latest mock draft has the Chiefs veering in another direction with that pick.

He gives Minnesota defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman to the Chiefs in the first round. After signing Vance Walker as a free agent, defensive line isn’t a huge need. The Chiefs have Pro Bowler Dontari Poe at nose tackle and Mike DeVito and Walker at end, with Allen Bailey as a pass-rush specialist.

But another big body for their defensive line wouldn’t hurt. The Chiefs could do worse things with that pick than add another defensive lineman for their rotation.

In McShay’s mock, Lee, Beckham and Cooks as well as Indiana’s Cody Latimer have been picked by the time the Chiefs get their chance to draft. Benjamin is available, but he doesn’t seem to be a good fit for the Chiefs, who are looking for faster receivers.