Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Kiper, McShay double up on this WR for KC
By Adam Teicher
For those with ESPN Insider access, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have their latest mock drafts out and, for a change, they have the same player going to the Kansas City Chiefs with the 23rd pick of the first round.
He's USC wide receiver Marqise Lee. Lee makes sense for the Chiefs, particularly if they believe he can eventually succeed Dwayne Bowe as their No. 1 wide receiver.
Their comments, first from Kiper: "Given their needs and the depth in this draft, I could see the Chiefs moving down if they can add a pick or two. They don't have one in Round 2 thanks to (the success of) the Alex Smith trade. However, if they stay put, they could use a receiver who can help immediately -- K.C. really is a 'win-now' team on the personnel side despite a huge leap in 2013 -- and Lee comes in as a possible steal, given his uneven junior season after he'd firmly established his value for evaluators.''
McShay: "The Chiefs could look to trade back here to get back the second-rounder they used to acquire Alex Smith last year. But if they stay here, a wide receiver makes sense given that it is one of the biggest needs on the roster. Lee doesn't have the timed speed of some of the other receivers in this class, and he had some issues with drops in 2013, but he has excellent fluidity as a route-runner and is faster on the field than his 40 time would indicate."