Last updated on January 29th, 2023 at 05:43 am.
The 2023 NFL Draft will actually be in held Kansas City this year from April 27-29, 2023, making it an extra special draft for the Chiefs. With every team, there is always room for improvement, and even the Chiefs, with their fantastic offense and young, solid defense need to improve on certain parts of their game.
With the NFL season a little past its halfway point, and the college football season coming to a close, now is a great time to look at the top draft prospects specifically for the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2023 season.
Therefore, here are my predictions for the 11 picks the Kansas City Chiefs have in this upcoming 2023 draft.
My Kansas City Chiefs 2023 Draft Predictions
Round 1: Anton Harrison – OT
The chiefs currently have 1 pick in the first round of the NFL draft, which is slated to be between 28-32 as of December 3rd, 2022. With Orlando Brown Jr.‘s future uncertain at Kansas City, and the right tackle room being thin, an offensive tackle is one of the team’s biggest needs. Anton Harrison hits the marks for all the teams’ needs.
Harrison is a left tackle, but since left is usually harder to transfer to than right, if needed he should be able to make the transition to right tackle. Harrison is currently a junior at Oklahoma. He is 6’5″, 315 lbs, making him a force to be reckoned with.
Coming from the same college as star center Creed Humphrey, not only would the two have preexisting chemistry, but the program they both come from is a proven one when it comes to producing quality offensive linemen.
Round 2: Tyler Davis – DL
The Chief’s defensive line has been an issue all season. Chris Jones statistically has been playing as the best defensive lineman in the league, but besides Jones, the interior defensive line hasn’t been playing well at all. Tyler Davis is a great solution to this problem. Davis is a 6’2″, 300 lb defensive lineman at Clemson.
While a bit undersized, his speed and physicality make him able to break through opposing teams’ offensive lines. As well, he is a great tackler, racking up over 25 this season.
Round 3: Kyu Blu Kelly – CB
With last year’s draft pick of Trent McDuffe, the chiefs secured their Nickelback as well as man-to-man Cornerback in L’Garius Sneed. However, the Chiefs are still in need of a deep corner that can run with the fastest receivers and doesn’t need the backup help of safeties. Kyu Blu Kelly is a 6 ‘1″, 188 lbs senior at Stanford, who is great at man and zone coverage; something the Chiefs need in their backfield.
Round 4: Tommy Eichenberg – LB & Jaheim Bell – TE
With our linebacker core being very promising, yet young, we still need help with a middle linebacker.
Tommy Eichenberg is a perfect choice for the chiefs to complement Bolton, Gay, and Chenal.
Eichenberg is a senior at Ohio State where he has racked up over 100 tackles in 2 years and is a hard hitter just like Chanel.
Jaheim Bell has been called a “Swiss-army knife” of a tight end, being able to block, receive, and even run option routes. He is currently playing tight end for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
With Kelce getting all the attention on the field, Bell would be a great second option for two tight-end route plays.
Round 5: Noah Daniels – CB
A project player, Noah Daniele is a great investment for the Chiefs. He has great size and speed, and while a project piece, with the right coaching, he could turn into a solid starter.
Round 6: Habakukk Baldonado – DL
Coming from Rome, Italy Habakukk Baldondondo is a 6’5″, 260 lbs defensive lineman at Pittsburg. He has speed and strength that is unmatched, and while another project player, he could easily be coached into being a great starter.
Round 7: Jalen Cropper, Daniel Scott, Jahfari Harvey, and Clark Barrington
The Chiefs have 4 picks in the 7th round of the 2023 draft. The 5th through 7th rounds is a place where teams look for role players or players that have talent but haven’t shown production, making them long shots, but sometimes they pay off.
Jalen Cropper is a wide receiver out of Fresno State that has logged 5 touchdowns and almost 1,000 receiving yards this season. Averaging 13.2 yards per reception, he is a great deep-threat option, that can help stretch the field and get players like Kelce and Toney open.
Daniel Scott is a senior safety for the California Golden Bears where he has logged 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles this season. He plays with intensity and speed, making him a great safety option to put into the Chief’s rotation.
Jahfari Harvey is a 6’4, 252 lbs edge at Miami, where he has racked up 5.5 sacks this season. His speed sets him apart, making him have a great get-off.
Last, Clark Barrington is an interior offensive lineman at BYU. While we have a fantastic interior line core, having backups for injuries is always a necessity. And while Barrington has never been a stunning offensive lineman, he has always been folks and dependable which is what you need from an offensive lineman.
Since this prediction is so early, with the NFL draft over 3 months away, things may change with injuries, college draft combine day, and interviews.
However, I believe this list fits the position needs and player types that coach Reid and the Chiefs like to draft. Because of this, I think it’s likely these players will to go to the chiefs.
Kansas City NFL Draft Information
The 2023 NFL Draft is taking place in Kansas City in the iconic area around Union Station and the National WWI Museum and Memorial, bringing together fans to celebrate one of football’s most popular and eagerly awaited traditions.
As part of the event, NFL Draft Experience – the NFL’s interactive football theme park – will allow fans of all teams to test their football skills, enjoy interactive exhibits and autograph sessions, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Draft Experience will be open all three days of the event.