Analyzing the 2016 Locker Talk Sports NFL Mock Draft: Kansas City Chiefs

Round 1, pick 28: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Jack Conklin is one of the best offensive tackles in the 2016 NFL draft class. He was the cornerstone offensive lineman to protect their quarterbacks throughout the 2015 Michigan State football season which led them to a B1G Championship, as well as a College Football Playoff berth. Of course they were eliminated in the Cotton Bowl in a 38-0 rout that Alabama displayed on them, but Conklin played well throughout the season. His 5.00 second 40 yard dash was 4th out of all offensive linemen in the combine, so it is definitely a sign that he could develop into a successful lineman in the guard position in the NFL. He reminds me of a less athletic version of the Washington Redskins’ Brandon Scherff and New York Giants’ Justin Pugh.

Round 2, pick 59: Miles Killebrew, S, Southern Utah

Miles Killebrew was a four year starter at Southern Utah from 2012-2015, and was awarded with two honorable mentions for All-Big Sky in his freshman and sophomore years, as well as second team awards in his junior year, and a first-team selection in his senior season at Southern Utah. He is a 6’2”, 217 lb. punisher that can most definitely convert to a linebacker at some point in his career. This pick was made because of the retirement of Husain Abdullah as Killebrew can take his spot in the defense.

Round 4, pick 126: DJ White, CB, Georgia Tech

DJ White is a 5’11”, 193 lbs. cover corner from Georgia Tech. White spent his collegiate days going up against some of the best in college football at their time, including Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, and DeAndre Hopkins when they were in college at Florida State and Clemson. He knows how to play with the big dogs. In all four of his collegiate seasons, he forced a fumble. His lack of size and bulkiness make up with his covering abilities and his 4.49 40 yard dash time. Drafting White will be for a replacement of Sean Smith.

Round 5, pick 162: Jason Fanaika, DE, Utah

Fanaika, after a disappointing 40 yard dash at the combine, he posted a new 40 yard time at the Utah pro day which was only .08 seconds shorter. He is a bit short compared to his weight, at 6’2” and 271 lbs. This could mean a development in the defensive tackle position, but it’s too hard to tell.

Round 5, pick 165: Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin

Do not expect the stardom of Derek Watt to emerge in the National Football League like his older brother on the Houston Texans, JJ Watt. Watt’s position does not offer the stardom that his brother earns. Aside from that, Watt can lead the way for the talented running back tandem in Kansas City in Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware, and Knile Davis in goal line situations. None of these backs are considered to be power runners, so Watt will help to be a Vonta Leech esque presence.

Round 6, pick 203: Thomas Duarte, WR, UCLA

Duarte was a good, quality player at UCLA as he served as a security blanket for Josh Rosen in his last year with the University of California at Los Angeles Bruins. His 10” hands are great for his abiltiy for mismatches in coverage, but his speed doesn’t match. This would help the Chiefs in the way that he could fill in the role of a starting wide receiver of tight end if there is a suspension put on Jeremy Maclin for his illegal signing with the Chiefs.

Round 7, pick 246: Darius Latham, DT, Indiana

Latham does not have the talent to go higher than the 5th last pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He is not fast enough to play despite being a defensive tackle. He will be fighting for a roster spot in Kansas City with their deep defense.

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