Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee

The Kansas City Chiefs didn't get the wide receiver so many of their fans wanted in the first round -- or any round -- of this year's draft. But fear not. For those with ESPN Insider access, draft analyst Todd McShay has a 2015 mock draft posted.

Yes, he has the Chiefs taking that elusive wide receiver. To order his draft, McShay deferred to Football Outsiders, who gave every team a win-loss record. For the Chiefs, that was 7-9.

So they're picking 14th in this mock draft, and McShay gives them Florida State's Rashad Greene, who caught 76 passes and scored nine touchdowns for the national champion Seminoles last season. He had a big game in the championship meeting against Auburn, catching nine passes for 147 yards.

Greene might make a great pro, but he's only 6-0 and 180 pounds. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey prefers bigger receivers, one reason the Chiefs passed in the first round this year on USC's Marqise Lee, who is of similar size.

McShay has two receivers selected before Greene in his mock, Alabama's Amari Cooper and USC's Nelson Agholor. He has one other receiver going in the first round, that being Arizona State's Jaelen Strong.
The final mock drafts are in andMel Kiper Jr. of ESPN Insider and Mike Mayock of the NFL Network have USC wide receiver Marqise Lee being the first-round pick for the Kansas City Chiefs. I have my doubts whether Lee will be available to the Chiefs when they finally get a chance to make the 23rd pick in the draft. Too many teams are looking for receivers, many of them picking ahead of the Chiefs and others who may trade to get there.

Indeed, ESPN's Todd McShay Insider has Lee going with the 21st pick to the Green Bay Packers. So he gives the Chiefs a guard, Xavier Su'a-Filo of UCLA.

Lee makes plenty of sense for the Chiefs, who need the receiving and kick returning help Kansas City needs. If the Chiefs take him at 23, they obviously believe he can eventually become their No. 1 receiver.

The Chiefs are thin on their offensive line after losing three of last season's regulars to free agency. But they've spent several premium picks the past few years on offensive linemen. It's difficult to see how another one makes them a dramatically better team unless they believe Su'a-Filo will eventually become one of the better guards in the league.
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."
In all but his first mock draft of the year, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has been consistent in giving a wide receiver to the Kansas City Chiefs with their first-round pick.

Kiper hasn't changed that in his latest mock draft Insider. But he has switched receivers for the Chiefs.

It's clear the Kansas City Chiefs have intentions of selecting at least one wide receiver in the upcoming draft. Their near-miss with Pittsburgh free-agent Emmanuel Sanders, who wound up signing instead with the Denver Broncos, was a signal the Chiefs understand they have some work to do at the position. They could also use a skilled kick return specialist, though that need could be filled with a defensive back or running back instead.

ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have ranked their top 10 receivers available in the draft Insider. ESPN Insider access is required to view their lists.

The top five receivers are the same for both Kiper and McShay, though they have them in a slightly different order. Kiper Jr. has them starting with Clemson's Sammy Watkins, followed by Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. and USC's Marquise Lee.

McShay's order is the same except Beckham is third and Cooks fourth.

The Chiefs, whose first-round selection is 23rd overall, can forget about Watkins and Evans. They will be off the board by the time the Chiefs make their pick.

Others probably will as well. But at least one among Cooks, Beckham and Lee could be there when the Chiefs pick. From here, Beckham looks like the best fit for the Chiefs. He runs well after the catch, an important quality for a receiver, particularly given quarterback Alex Smith's affinity for shorter throws. Beckham also has the best kick return potential.

The draft is deep in receivers, so if the Chiefs choose at another position in the first round, the odds increase they will go with a receiver in another round. Kiper Jr. and McShay have Clemson's Martavis Bryant, Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders and Pittsburg State's John Brown as receivers who have sleeper possibilities in the mid to late rounds.

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Mel Kiper Jr. has wide receiver Marqise Lee of USC going to the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of his latest mock draft. Insider ESPN Insider access is required.

Lee played three seasons at USC and, after posting big numbers his first two years, dropped off to 57 catches for 791 yards and four touchdowns in 2013. He's not necessarily the speed receiver the Chiefs need, but he could still have a long, successful career in the NFL as a No. 1 receiver for some team.

The Chiefs need to strongly consider a receiver with their first-round pick. They are thin at the position, and their top receiver, Dwayne Bowe, will be 30 in September. They need to think about replacing him for the long term.

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. might make more sense for the Chiefs than Lee because of his kick-return ability. But Kiper has Beckham going to the New York Jets, who pick five spots ahead of the Chiefs.