2022 NFL Draft: 7 Players the Kansas City Chiefs Must Target With the No. 29 and 30 Overall Picks

The 2022 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and the Kansas City Chiefs will have a difficult decision to make with the 29th overall pick … and the 30th overall pick.

Yes, the Chiefs had consecutive first-round picks as of publication, which could prove fruitful if the team intends on trading up or even attempting to make a significant deal. Could the two-time Super Bowl champions include one of those picks in a trade for Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf?

So, who should the Chiefs draft in the first round? As with our mock drafts, we picked players based on need and team fit. Also, all prospects are ranked alphabetically as opposed to preference or potential. And, to be honest, I don’t care which player goes at No. 29 and who goes one selection later. The most important thing here is that all of the following prospects are players worth targeting with the two picks.

Based on consideration of the aforementioned prerequisites, we believe the Chiefs should target the following players with the 29th and 30th overall picks.

Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

This is likely a bit too early for Watson, who recorded 18 all-purpose touchdowns (14 receiving, two rushing, and two on kick returns) in four seasons at North Dakota State. The 6-foot-5, 208-pound receiver ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and is a projected second-round selection. However, the Chiefs love taking risks, especially when it comes to offensive players, and Watson’s ceiling might be too much to pass on here.

Interestingly, Watson’s father, Tazim Wajid Wajed, spent 1993 through 1995 playing safety for the Chiefs. Could history repeat nearly three decades later?

Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Wyatt would be an intriguing addition, especially after he recorded 2.5 sacks, seven tackles for a loss, and two forced fumbles in 14 starts last season. The former 4-star prospect has impressive agility, a trait he often showcased as he improved throughout his four seasons with the Bulldogs.

Although the Chiefs have slightly more important needs than defensive tackle, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Wyatt wind up in Kansas City.

George Pickens, WR, Georgia

Much like with Watson, the Chiefs would be reaching on a receiver here. However, the recent Tyreek Hill trade only amplifies the need for explosive wideouts, and the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Pickens fits the bill.

The Alabama native tallied 85 catches, 1,240 yards, and 16 touchdowns in his first two seasons before tearing his ACL in a spring 2021 practice. Luckily for Georgia, Pickens returned late in the year and even had a 52-yard catch in the National Championship Game. Pickens’ hands should appeal to the Chiefs here, and he’s earned rave reviews for his route running. Don’t be shocked if he’s catching passes from Patrick Mahomes next fall.

Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

I’m not as high on Dotson, a reigning first-team All-Big Ten selection, as others have been during the pre-draft process. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound receiver ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and tallied 91 receptions, 1,182 yards, and 12 touchdowns in 12 games last season.

NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein compared Dotson to two-time Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders, a free agent with 704 catches, 9,245 yards, and 52 total touchdowns to his name. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid saw plenty of Sanders when the latter played for the Denver Broncos from 2014-19.

“His confidence and competitiveness are just average against physical coverage, and he’s likely to see a lot more press looks as a pro. Dotson has inside/outside starting talent, but a lack of physicality could prevent him from taking over games at the same rate we saw at Penn State.”

Lance Zierlein

I don’t think that’s enough for me, but maybe it’ll be enough for the Chiefs.

Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Kaiir’s father, Abram, finished a seven-season NFL career with the Chiefs in 2012. Wouldn’t it be something if the former Florida Gators standout began his career with the two-time Super Bowl champions later this year?

We certainly like the idea.

Elam is a stellar athlete who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and weighed in at 6-foot-2 and 196 pounds. His size is ideal for defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme, and the young cornerback will likely have something to prove after an inconsistent final college season. If Elam is still on the board this late in the first round, he’d be a welcome addition to the Chiefs’ secondary.

Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

Will Dean be available this late in the first round? According to the NFL Mock Draft Database, the Georgia product is usually expected to go around the 26th overall selection. However, we’re going to err on the side of chaos involving quarterbacks going earlier in the draft, which could leave Dean on the board when the Chiefs go to pick.

The reigning unanimous All-American tallied 10.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a defensive touchdown in 15 games last year. Dean, who clocked in at 6-foot and 225 pounds at the NFL Combine, can do it all, and he should instantly appeal to the Chiefs.

Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

I will very rarely complain about an SEC cornerback, and I would have no objections to the Chiefs selecting McCreary here. Although the 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback isn’t the biggest player, he has an eye for the ball and doesn’t shy away from breaking up passes.

McCreary broke up 25 passes between the 2020 and 2021 seasons, and most of those forced incompletions came against the country’s most talented receivers. The Chiefs would be wise to bring McCreary into the mix and allow him to develop under Spagnuolo’s watch.

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