College football season is back and the NFL season is just around the corner.
Our friend Luke Easterling at Draft Wire is already hard at work, pairing the best prospects in college football with NFL teams. His recent two-round mock draft projections for 2023 have the Kansas City Chiefs loading up on some talented players on the offensive side of the ball.
Who does he think will be future members of the Chiefs? Let’s take a look:
29. Kansas City Chiefs | Maryland OT Jaelyn Duncan
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“Orlando Brown Jr. is playing the 2022 season on the franchise tag, and the Chiefs could already use an upgrade at right tackle. Duncan has tons of starting experience on the left side, which could make him a potential replacement for Brown, or his bookend on the other side if a long-term deal can be reached.” – Luke Easterling
Easterling is right on the money as far as the team’s needs at the tackle position. There is still uncertainty surrounding Orlando Brown Jr.’s future with the team. They could also use an upgrade at right tackle, especially with Darian Kinnard perhaps kicking inside and Lucas Niang’s injury situation. Andrew Wylie is serviceable, but it’s only a matter of time before the team looks for an upgrade. Duncan is tailor-made for either tackle spot at 6-6 and 320 pounds. He has a super smooth pass set and does a really nice job anchoring in pass protection. His tape against Michigan in 2021 against Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo was elite. Another strong season in 2022 could see him rise up on draft boards.
61. Kansas City Chiefs | South Carolina TE Jaheim Bell
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I get the thinking behind sending a Bell to Kansas City. Yes, the Chiefs have an all-world player in Travis Kelce. They also have two very good players behind Kelce in Noah Gray and Jody Fortson. They even have Matt Bushman on injured reserve, who could be a nice developmental piece.
This Bell could go a long way toward replacing another Blake Bell, who suffered a hip injury during the preseason. The 6-3 and 230-pound South Carolina Gamecock has a skillset more like an H-Back. He recorded 30 receptions for 497 yards and five touchdowns last season, with a lot of it coming in the season finale against North Carolina. He’s also a heck of an in-line blocker and special teamer as well.
Unless Bell has a breakout year on offense this season I have trouble believing that he will get picked at 61 overall, especially as an early declare. He’s a borderline top 100 pick for me right now. I also am not sure the Chiefs would invest such a high pick at tight end with other clear needs.
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