PFF draft board: Kansas City Chiefs

Analyst John Breitenbach takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Chiefs' needs.

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PFF draft board: Kansas City Chiefs


PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 franchises using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board (at the bottom of this article) that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Kansas City Chiefs:

Round 1 (28th overall)

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Marcus Peters’ promising rookie season alleviates the loss of Sean Smith to some extent, but the Chiefs still need help in the secondary. The nickel spot can be manned by Phillip Gaines, but he can’t be relied upon as a starter. Need, value, and scheme come together perfectly in this scenario, as Alexander falls into Kansas City’s lap. He’s an ideal fit in Bob Sutton’s press-man defense, where he can use his physicality to his advantage.

Eli Apple, CB, OSU

If Alexander, the top press-man corner in this class, is off the board, Apple could come into consideration. He needs to work on tracking the ball in the air, and will have to adjust to the NFL’s illegal-contact rule, but has all the tools to succeed in the pros. Apple’s length helps him disrupt receivers’ timing at the line of scrimmage, and he has the speed to recover deep if he fails to make a clean initial jam. There’s a drop-off in the quality of cornerbacks after the five top-tier prospects (Apple is fifth), which might play a part in the Chiefs’ decision at pick No. 28.

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

Andy Reid has invested more draft capital—particularly first-round picks—in the defensive line than any other position group throughout his tenure with the Eagles and Chiefs. The addition of Calhoun makes sense from a long-term perspective. He’s a refined pass-rusher with the ability to win with speed or power, even if his work against the run leaves a little to be desired. An impressive combine workout suggests he has the athleticism to make the transition from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker under Sutton.

Round 2 (59th overall)

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Reid started his career as a QB coach under Mike Holmgren in Green Bay. He is always on the lookout for a new signal-caller. Alex Smith is competent, but far from elite. It appears increasingly likely Lynch will be off the board by this point, but his selection at the end of Day 1/early Day 2 will be based more on potential than production. The underclassmen from Memphis lacks consistency with his passing location, but is capable of making every throw. Lynch should start coming into play towards the end of Round 2.

Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State

Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are entrenched as the starters at outside linebacker, but Hali is getting on in his career and Reid likes to load up on pass-rushers. Dee Ford has underperformed since being selected two years ago. Fackrell can be used creatively to rush the passer in the nickel from a roaming linebacker position (he’s especially effective on stunts and loops) early in his career, before taking over full-time from Hali down the road.

Bronson Kaufusi, DE/OLB, Brigham Young

Interior pass-rushers will also figure prominently on the Chiefs’ board. In many ways, it is a more pressing need than outside linebacker, given Dontari Poe’s injury concerns. None of Kansas City’s current defensive lineman recorded a positive grade as pass-rushers in 2015. Kaufusi ranked behind only DeForest Buckner amongst 3-4 defensive ends in that facet of play last season, knocking the QB down an impressive 24 times.

The Chiefs’ third-round pick was forfeited due to free-agency tampering.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardKansas City Chiefs Draft Board
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State31
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State12
DeForest BucknerDIOregon23
Jared GoffQBCal44
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss55
Myles JackLBUCLA66
Corey ColemanWRBaylor97
Josh DoctsonWRTCU108
Cody WhitehairGKansas State179
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville810
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State711
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1212
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2113
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1914
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2315
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1116
William Jackson IIICBHouston1517
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1318
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2619
Eli AppleCBOhio State3120
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2021
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2922
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1623
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3524
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4025
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3626
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2427
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3228
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2529
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3330
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4131
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3832
Joshua GarnettGStanford5033
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6534
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7135
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6635
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4635
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2838
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5439
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5140
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7341
Christian WestermanGArizona State8542
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6343
Ryan KellyCAlabama4244
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4344
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5546
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2247
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3048
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State7848
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4550
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6251
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2752
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6753
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1454
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7054
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5756
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5856
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1858
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4759
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7660
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8261
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10162
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3963
Su'a CravensLBUSC4863
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9765
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10966
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6067
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5268
Jeremy CashSDuke5368
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9670
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9470
Braxton MillerWROhio State9870
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6473
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10774
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5975
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7476
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4977
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3777
Joe DahlOTWashington State11277
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5680
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11981
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3482
Vonn BellSOhio State9083
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8683
Devin LucienWRArizona State9285
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9186
Darius LathamDIIndiana8487
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8987
Matt SkuraCDuke12889
Austin HooperTEStanford12589
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6991
Demarcus AyersWRHouston15091
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA11893
Willie HenryDIMichigan9994
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas12694
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6894
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8797
Connor CookQBMichigan State7598
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8099
Maliek CollinsDINebraska61100
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114100
Darron LeeLBOhio State81102
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern88103
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138104
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123105
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic93106
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State79107
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182107
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145109
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157110
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State102110
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri108112
David MorganTEUTSA153113
Austin BlytheCIowa203113
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173115
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132116
Matt IoannidisDITemple124117
Devon CajusteTEStanford174118
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama77119
Darian ThompsonSBoise State83120
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180121
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72122
Cody KesslerQBUSC106123
Tavon YoungCBTemple115124
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127125
Devontae BookerRBUtah103126
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134127
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116128
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230129
Artie BurnsCBMiami144130
Jayron KearseSClemson120131
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117131
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129133
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105134
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140135
Jack AllenCMichigan State122136
Will ParksSArizona100137
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160137
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161137
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166137
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104137
Byron MarshallWROregon121142
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222143
Jihad WardDIIllinois159143
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162143
Terrell LathanDITCU167143
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169143
Ryker MathewsGBYU164143
Max TuerkCUSC113149
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95150
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131151
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130151
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148153
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168153
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170153
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175153
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178153
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195158
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196158
Daniel LascoRBCal141160
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142161
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136161
Keanu NealSFlorida176163
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154164
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190165
Kevin HoganQBStanford143166
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149166
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211166
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158169
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155170
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111171
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187171
Alex LewisOTNebraska183171
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163174
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165174
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133176
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210176
Connor McGovernGMissouri202176
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135179
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137179
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200181
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171182
Corey TindalCBMarshall172182
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181182
Ian SeauEDGENevada219185
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220185
Joey HuntCTCU189187
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208188
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152189
Cody CoreWROle Miss184190
Kenny LawlerWRCal193190
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194192
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197192
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177194
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151195
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146195
Mike RoseEDGENC State223195
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244195
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246195
Ted KarrasGIllinois213200
Teddy RubenWRTroy212201
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179202
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201203
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206203
Blake MartinezLBStanford198203
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207203
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156207
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214208
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218208
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216208
T.J. GreenSClemson217211
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215211
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110213
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191213
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185213
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188213
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192213
Boston StiversonGKansas State237218
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238218
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243218
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199221
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225222
Jalen MillsCBLSU247222
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226222
Charone PeakeWRClemson229222
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236222
Trevor DavisWRCal239222
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227222
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186229
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228230
Nick VigilLBUtah State205231
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209231
John TheusOTGeorgia231233
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232233
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233233
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249233
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242233
Deion JonesLBLSU250233
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248233
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139240
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204241
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241242
Jake BrendelCUCLA245242
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234242
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240242
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147246
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221247
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235248
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224249
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss44250

| Analyst

John joined the PFF team in 2008, providing focused analysis on the NFL draft, team-building strategies, and positional value.

  • Forrest

    Poe has injury concerns? He’s had one significant injury in his career and he came backs week ahead of schedule. He probably came back a little earlier than he should of and his play showed that. But how often do guys comeback early from back injuries?

    The bigger Poe concern is that it’s the last year of his contract.