2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #31

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Kansas City
Andre Carter II



As much as I'd like to see it, it is unlikely that one of the top three OTs slides down the draft board to where the Chiefs will make their selection in the 2023 NFL Draft. My hope was that Penn State's Olu Fashanu would be an option. He elected to return to school. The DraftTek simulator confirmed a gap in the OT talent level. Therefore, the top priority should be on the defensive front. Look for GM Brett Veach to prioritize both the Edge and the Interior DL this coming offseason.

KC can save over $20 million next season by cutting Frank Clark. At Week 7, Clark appeared to be returning to the player the Chiefs once relied upon. Unfortunately, that burst was stalled by the Bye Week and then a two-game suspension. Last year's RD 1 pick, George Karlaftis, is looking strong. The only thing missing in his game is sacks. And yet, the Chiefs are doing well in the sack department. KC currently ranks tied for 5th in NFL team sacks... a huge thank you to Chris Jones, who has 10 from the interior.

Our SIM keeps delivering him to us, and I'd be happy to see Veach add him... Andre Carter II may be having a down year in production, but his stock is rising up draft boards. The rise is based upon his productive 2021 season when he finished with 17 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. Carter, who boasts a quick get-off, lengthy frame, and great bend, would make for a nice complement to what Karlaftis provides.

~KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst

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