KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has the Kansas City Chiefs drafting a quarterback -- DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame -- with their first-round pick in his most recent mock draft. But when I asked him for other choices among players who might reasonably be available when the Chiefs pick at No. 27, he threw out an interesting name.
"I think he’s going to be one of the best football players on the board, Jabrill Peppers of Michigan, on the defensive side of the ball," Kiper said. "Somebody is going to get him and be very happy with the player they get."
Kiper in his latest mock has Peppers being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 28th overall pick, one spot behind the Chiefs.
Peppers would be an intriguing pick for a team like the Chiefs, who have no glaring roster needs as they head into next week’s draft. They’re in position to draft the best player available, and if that’s what they indeed wind up doing, they could do a lot worse than Peppers.
There’s some debate about where Peppers, at about 5-foot-11 and 213 pounds, would fit from a positional standpoint. Safety makes the most sense, but the Chiefs are set there with Eric Berry, Ron Parker and Daniel Sorensen.
Peppers could play some on offense as a receiver or running back. He could return kicks. But the Chiefs already have Tyreek Hill to be their hybrid offense player and kick return specialist.
That’s why the only way the Chiefs should draft Peppers is if they have a defined role in mind for him.