The Kansas City Chiefs have been on the clock since their season ended, however it’s still a mystery as to which way they will lean when they turn in their card on draft day. At first, many speculated that they would take Geno Smith or another quarterback but now many believe the pick will be Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel. But with the team franchising Branden Albert, the possibility that they could go a third direction is as relevant as ever and Florida prospect Sharrif Floyd is quickly becoming a real possibility.
NFL Network’s Greg Cosell believes Floyd will “without question” be the Chiefs first pick this April.
“I think Sharrif Floyd is going to be an All-Pro type player right from Day One. I’ve spoken to people in the SEC who say he’s as good a kid as he is a player, and that’s really important when you draft someone No. 1,” Cosell said.
However, the Chiefs parted ways with offensive tackle Eric Winston late on Wednesday meaning Joeckel still has a real chance at being selected first overall. The relationship with Branden Albert may sour as well, leading to a trade this offseason as well, making Joeckel’s prospects of being taken first overall even stronger.
But even if he’s not taken first overall, Floyd has almost solidified his status as a top 5 pick a month after just cracking into most mock drafts. His meteoric rise up draft boards is a story we see every year, and Cosell believes anyone who takes him is going to get the next J.J. Watt.
“He’s my favorite player that I’ve seen on tape, and I’ve seen an awful lot of players. He’s an explosive athlete playing defensive tackle. He has really light feet,” Cosell said. “He’s so gifted physically that he can play anywhere on the line, and I think he will become, like J.J. Watt, a much better pass rusher in the NFL than he was in college football.”