3 Players the Chiefs Should Trade Up For and Steal in the Second Round of the 2022 NFL Draft
The Kansas City Chiefs are set to find more roster help in less than two weeks at the 2022 NFL Draft. They have a whopping 12 picks slated for the three-day event, including two selections to make within the the top-30 of Round 1.
Although the Chiefs also have a pair of second-round picks, their first on Day 2 isn't until No. 50, meaning they could miss out on a first-round talent that slips into the next day. Fortunately, they're armed with another two third-round picks that can help them move up to an earlier spot in Round 2 if there's someone available that they love.
Here's a look at three players that the Chiefs should trade up and steal in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Chiefs NFL Draft Targets
1. Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
The Chiefs' wide receive room received a makeover this offseason following the additions of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, along with Tyreek Hill's departure. Having said that, the new WR duo has much to prove and Kansas City would be wise to add another talented wideout in the draft, such as Penn State's Jahan Dotson. The 22-year-old prospect was terrific last fall, racking up 1,182 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 91 catches. He'd likely be a guaranteed first-round talent if it wasn't for his size (5-foot-11, 184 pounds), making him someone the Chiefs could trade up for early on in Round 2. Kansas City desperately needs another core wideout and Dotson has the skill to be that player.
2. Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
The Chiefs are in desperate need of edge rush support after finishing the 2021 season with only 31.0 team sacks (No. 29). If Minnesota's Boye Mafe is available early in Round 2, it's a no-brainer that Kansas City should trade up for him. For starters, Mafe's sack total increased with each passing collegiate season, culminating with 7.0 in 2021. He also was the top-graded pass-rusher at this year's Senior Bowl practices and projects as a player who'll get better with age. If the football world has only seen a small percentage of what Mafe can do, the Chiefs better trade up for them if they can because the sky is the limit for him.
3. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
After losing Charvarius Ward in free agency and missing out on signing Stephon Gilmore, the Chiefs will search for cornerback help at the 2022 NFL Draft. One player who could be a steal for them is Florida CB Kaiir Elam. Projected to be a late-Day 1/early-Day 2 selection, Elam allowed only 19 catches on 36 targets for 191 yards in 2021. Beyond his shutdown capabilities, he also has the speed to keep up with NFL wideouts (4.39-second 40-yard dash) and isn't afraid to disrupt plays, proven by his 20 career broken-up passes. With the offenses that the rest of the AFC West possesses, the Chiefs would be wise to bring in Elam and his talents.
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