2014 WR Class Deep for Chiefs Needs

WR Donte Moncrief

It's no secret the Wide Receiver position is one of the most pressing need for the Chiefs heading towards the 2014 NFL Draft. Luckily for Andy Reid, John Dorsey, and the Chiefs organization, this year happens to be one of the deepest and most talent-rich Wide Receiver classes in years.

1. Sammy Watkins 6'1" 211 lbs Clemson
Sammy Watkins is hands down the best WR in the draft this year, and one of the top prospects overall. Watkins is a play-maker, possessing amazing acceleration, good speed, impressive route running, steady hands, and a dangerous ability to pick up yards after the catch. There's not much not to like about Watkins other than his questionable size at just 6'1" and character issues following a 2012 arrest for drug related charges. Altogether Watkins is a stud, but there is zero hope for Chiefs fans that he will fall all the way to the 23rd overall slot in the draft.?NFL
Comparison: Josh Gordon ?
Draft Projection: Top 5

2. Mike Evans 6'5" 231 lbs Texas A&M
Mike Evans is a basketball player at heart, and it shows when you watch him catch the football. Standing 6'5" with a 37" vertical, Evans repeatedly showed the ability to go up and snag Johnny Manziel's passes out of the year the two years they played together at Texas A&M. Not only can Evans go up and get it, he can make plays after the catch with good, but not great speed. Again, like Watkins, Evans won't make it to 23, where the Chiefs select. ?
NFL Comparison: Brandon Marshall?
Draft Projection: Top 10

3. Brandin Cooks 5'10" 189 lbs Oregon State
The next two guys in my rankings are the guys that I want/think the Chiefs might take at 23. If I had to choose one however, I would choose 2013 Biletnikoff winner Brandin Cooks. Cooks not only produced on the field last season, hauling in 128 receptions for 1,730 yards, but he put up impressive numbers at the combine running an official 4.33 40 yard dash and recording a vertical jump of 36", along with many other outstanding numbers. Cooks runs awesome routes, has great hands, and everything that you might look for in a wide receiver other than size. Size hasn't stopped Andy Reid from drafting WR's in the past, considering he selected DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin as the Eagles head coach. In fact, former Eagles scout under Reid, Daniel Jeremiah, said Cooks would "fit perfectly" in Kansas City. I agree.?
NFL Comparison: DeSean Jackson
Draft Projection: 1st Round

4. Odell Beckham Jr. 5'11" 198 lbs LSU
If the Chiefs can't get their hands on Cooks at 23, this is the other guy that I would love to see fall into our lap. Odell Beckham Jr., like Cooks, is a speedy, play-making WR. Cooks might be a little quicker, but Beckham Jr. has just as much play-making ability not to mention his incredible punt-returning abilities, which make him even more desirable. Beckham doesn't have ideal size either. Other weaknesses are occasional inconstancies as far as catching the football, signs of being a little timid going over the middle, and lack of touchdown reception productivity during his career at LSU. Beckham will be an excellent wide receiver and return man in the NFL though, and a guy that the Chiefs can line up not only in the slot, but outside as well.?
NFL Comparison: Antonio Brown?
Draft Projection: 1st Round

5. Allen Robinson 6'3" 220 lbs Penn State
Most draft experts would have Marquise Lee in the top five of their WR rankings, but in my opinion, Allen Robinson has the skills to be a better and more productive wide out at the next level then Lee. Robinson was extremely productive during his tenure at Penn State, finishing 2013 with a Big 10 conference-best 97 catches and 1,432 yards. He's not much of a speed guy, running in the low 4.5's at the combine, but his big 6'3" 220 lb and 39" vertical help him to create separation and go up and bring down the football. With such a talent rich draft, it's easy to over-look a guy like Robinson with play-makers ranked higher, but if you want steady production across from Dwayne Bowe in Andy Reid's offense, Robinson definitely meets the criteria.
NFL Comparison: Anquan Boldin
?Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

6. Marquise Lee 6'0" 192 lbs USC
The USC Standout definitely has the potential to be a very good wide receiver at the next level, I just am not quite as sold on him as some draft experts are. Lee is very athletic, and possesses good vertical speed. The thing to be weary of, however, is durability concerns throughout his career at USC. With a pretty small frame, can Lee withstand the wear and tear of a 16 game NFL season? I think that if he can, he has the potential to be an excellent WR for years to come.?
NFL Comparison: Keenan Allen?
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

7. Jordan Matthews 6'3" 212 lbs Vanderbilt
Jordan Matthews might be the single most over-looked wide receiver in the draft. Not only is he Jerry Rice's cousin, Matthews is the all-time SEC leader in receptions and receiving yards. Matthews has an impressive 6'3" 212 lb frame that he uses, along with excellent route running, to get open and catch the football using his soft, steady hands. Matthews might lack the elite speed that a lot of the other WR's in this draft possess, but in my opinion, he could be the most NFL-ready receiver in the draft. If the Chiefs wanted to trade back into the second round and pick up a guy like Matthews, I would be thrilled. If Matthews miraculously falls to the 3rd round and John Dorsey can snag him there; I would be ecstatic.
?NFL Comparison: Eric Decker?
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

8. Cody Latimer 6'3" 215 lbs Indiana
Like Mike Evans, Cody Latimer's first love was basketball, and it is evident with the way he plays football. Latimer is extremely physical at the WR position, and can go up and get the football with his 6'3" height and 39" vertical. The knock on Latimer was his speed, but when Latimer showed that he can run in the low 4.3's or early 4.4's his stock has sky-rocketed. He still has room to become a better route runner, and he needs to show more focus in terms of drops, but altogether, Kansas City could be looking at a possible steal here if Latimer can fall to them in the third round, or if we decide to trade back to the second.?NFL
Comparison: James Jones?
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

9. Donte Moncrief 6'2" 221 lbs Ole Miss
Donte Moncrief is another guy that is being seriously over-looked because of this stacked WR draft. Moncrief reminds me of a faster Dwayne Bowe, for many reasons, the main one being they both possess a nice, thick frame. Both of them run good routes and are excellent blockers in the run game. Moncrief definitely has better speed then Bowe and better hands in my opinion as well. He suffered from not having an elite college QB like of the other WR's listed here, but that shouldn't stop Moncrief from being selected anywhere from the 2nd-3rd rounds.?
NFL Comparison: Dwayne Bowe
?Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

10. Kelvin Benjamin 6'5" 240 lbs Florida State
If you watched the National Championship game last season, you might remember the game winning catch that Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin hauled in from Jameis Winston to beat the Auburn Tigers. You might also remember just how huge Benjamin is, standing at 6'5" 240 lbs, Benjamin almost looks more like a TE than a WR. Obviously with such size, speed is going to come into question. Although he doesn't have that top-flight speed, Benjamin has decent acceleration and decent jumping ability. Pair that with his huge wing-span and the Chiefs could have themselves quite the red-zone target. Benjamin is a raw prospect though, and needs a lot of help with his route running, and hands before he produces consistently at the next level.?
NFL Comparison: Plaxico Burress ?
Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

The 2nd Tier Grouping
11. Martavis Bryant 6'4" 211 lbs Clemson
12. Jarvis Landry 6'0" 205 lbs LSU
13. Paul Richardson 6'0" 175 lbs Colorado
14. Bruce Ellington 5'9" 197 lbs South Carolina
15, Dri Archer 5'8" 173 lbs Kent State
16. Jared Abbrederis 6'1" 195 lbs Wisconsin
17. Davante Adams 6'1" 212 lbs Fresno State
18. Josh Huff 5'11" 206 lbs Oregon
19. Kevin Norwood 6'2" 198 lbs Alabama
20. Devin Street 6'3" 198 lbs Pittsburgh


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