Shawn Zobel of draftheadquarters.com has long been one of my favorite draft analysts. He hasn't hesitated over the years to take some unpopular stands with players he believes are overrated or underrated and he's got strong opinions on just about every player.
He's also willing to go the distance with the draft and he's done it again with a seven-round mock. That's right. He's given a team a player for each of the draft's 256 picks. It's worth a look if you're a true student of what's going to happen from May 8 through May 10.
Zobel has given the Kansas City Chiefs six players in their draft, which other than the top pick of Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer doesn't fill in some of their roster holes. But, minus a second-round pick and any compensatory picks, the Chiefs aren't going to be able to cover a lot of ground this year without trading down to acquire some extra choices.
Latimer would be a good start for the Chiefs. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, he's big enough to eventually be a productive No. 1 receiver for the Chiefs. After timing in the 4.4 range in the 40-yard dash at his pro day, Latimer has the speed coach Andy Reid looks for in his receivers.
Zobel next gives the Chiefs a defensive lineman, Virginia's Brent Urban, with their third-round pick. Again, no argument here. The Chiefs could use another big body to throw into their playing rotation along the defensive line and Urban, at 6-6 and 295, has the size the Chiefs like at the end positions.
Zobel's fourth-round pick for the Chiefs is a wasted one. He gives them Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. Nothing against Boyd, but this isn't the year for the Chiefs to draft a quarterback. They already have a developmental quarterback in Tyler Bray and too many other things to do with their draft picks. They also used their second-round pick on a quarterback, having sent it to the San Francisco 49ers in last year's trade that brought Alex Smith.
The Chiefs are searching for players with their fifth- and two sixth-round choices and if they would hit on any one of Zobel's group (Iowa linebacker James Morris, USC defensive end Morgan Breslin and Wisconsin tight end Jacob Pedersen), then those rounds would be a success.
But the Chiefs are short on the offensive line and in the secondary, particularly at safety. They need to add to their depth in both areas and the draft is an ideal place to do that. Zobel doesn't give the Chiefs an offensive lineman or a defensive back.