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29. Kansas City Chiefs
29) Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson: The Chiefs have the personnel to excel with the switch to Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3, provided they can bring back Dee Ford and not have a pressing need for an edge rusher. But one area they must improve is at cornerback, where they were routinely exposed. Mullen can excel in press coverage and potentially give the defense a No. 1 corner to rely on.
29) Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson: The Chiefs’ defense is the biggest reason they didn’t reach the Super Bowl, and this offseason will be about reloading the roster on that side of the ball. Mullen, the defensive MVP of this year’s national title game, has the size and length Kansas City loves at corner.
61) Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
64) Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
92) Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
29) Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
29) Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State: 30-year-old DE Allen Bailey will be a free agent in March. We need a quality DE to step into his spot on the 4-3 defensive line. Dre’Mont Jones registered 43 tackles, 13 for a loss, 8.5 QB sacks, one forced fumble, and one INT during his Junior year with the Buckeyes before declaring for the NFL Draft. CB and Safety are also in play for RD1. At this point in the draft, I’d prefer the Chiefs trade down five to ten spots to acquire additional picks.
29) Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson: The Chiefs need secondary and linebacker help, but they’re getting the best player available with this selection. Andy Reid loves to take second chances on players, so I think this makes sense. Dexter Lawrence is a monster of a defensive tackle (6-5, 340) and is exceptional at both stuffing the run and pressuring the quarterback. He has fallen in this mock draft because of his positive drug test.
29) Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia: Defense. Defense. Defense. General manager Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid should have one thing on their minds this offseason. The Chiefs have an offense that can score on anyone but a defense that allows too many leads to disappear. Scoring 40 points should ensure a victory, but for the Chiefs in 2018, it didn’t. That’s why Veach and Co. must identify starting-caliber defenders and load up with their three picks in the first two rounds.
Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker is a dream fit in new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme. He’s physical at the line of scrimmage, a willing tackler in the run game, and has the size and enough speed to handle receivers in man or zone coverage. He might not run a low 4.4 at the combine, but Baker makes up for it with his length and awareness.