Kansas City Chiefs 2023 NFL Mock Draft: Building Up Front With Anton Harrison, Mazi Smith After Super Bowl 57 Win

In this Chiefs NFL Mock Draft, Kansas City shores up the trenches on both sides of the ball, while also adding high-upside skill-position talent.

Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid have the makings of the next great NFL dynasty in Kansas City. In this 7-Round Kansas City Chiefs 2023 NFL Mock Draft, they take the next step toward locking down the AFC for years on end.

In this scenario, simulated trades were active among other teams via the Mock Draft Simulator, but the Chiefs held steady and did not make any moves.

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OT Anton Harrison, Oklahoma | Round 1, Pick 31

There’s a chance the Chiefs bring back Orlando Brown in free agency. But let me pose this question: Would you rather pay a below-average athlete his expected annual market value of over $22 million? Or would you rather draft a superior athlete with more two-phase versatility on a cheaper rookie deal in Round 1?

Personally — especially when it’s a premier position like left tackle we’re talking about — I’d take the latter route. And if Anton Harrison falls to 30th overall, he’ll make the choice particularly easy for Kansas City. He’s a phenomenal athlete with range in space and excellent power, with one of the cleanest pass sets in the class.

OT Blake Freeland, BYU | Round 2, Pick 63

With as many picks as they have, Kansas City could very well double-dip at tackle in the first two rounds. Of the positions they need, tackle is the most important, and the depth also falls off a bit after Round 3. If the Chiefs need two new starters, stacking Harrison with a prospect like Blake Freeland makes sense.

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Freeland translates better on the right side, where his lack of flexibility and recovery athleticism can be mitigated to an extent. But as a linear athlete, he’s extremely explosive and fleet-footed off the line, and with his size, he can generate ample amounts of power.

DT Mazi Smith, Michigan | Round 3, Pick 95

Chris Jones is the Ferrari in the garage for Kansas City, but his job is sometimes made easier by having a sturdy player like Derrick Nnadi alongside him. If Nnadi leaves in free agency, the Chiefs will need to fill the void in the middle. Mazi Smith does that well.

Smith projects well as a nose tackle at the next level with an extremely dense 6’3″, 337-pound frame. But he’s also an elite athlete who’s flashed very exciting pass-rushing chops, and when he applies it correctly, his strength in the middle can be suffocating.

EDGE Isaiah McGuire, Missouri | Round 4, Pick 122

Carlos Dunlap is hitting the open market, and it’s a prime opportunity for Kansas City to get younger at the position.

Isaiah McGuire provides similar upside with his athleticism and size. He measured in at 6’4 3/8″ and 271 pounds at the Senior Bowl. At that size, he’s an electric athlete with a hot motor and rare power capacity.

WR Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss | Round 4, Pick 134

The Chiefs may want to bring JuJu Smith-Schuster back in free agency. But in the event that he leaves, Jonathan Mingo is a nice backup plan. At 6’1 3/8″ and 226 pounds, with 32′ arms, Mingo has great size and RAC ability, but he’s also an underrated separator who can win at the catch point.

S Gervarrius Owens, Houston | Round 5, Pick 168

Kansas City has some uncertainty at the safety spot. But no matter what happens in free agency, adding depth and special-teams utility on Day 3 is a good call.

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Gervarrius Owens provides all of that. On defense, he’s a physical player coming downhill, with ball skills in space and experience across the field.

CB Arquon Bush, Cincinnati | Round 6, Pick 197

The Chiefs’ rookie trio of Trent McDuffie, Joshua Williams, and Jaylen Watson came out of 2022 with rave reviews. That group will be a core part of the secondary for a long time, but more depth is always needed. Arquon Bush is an explosive, tenacious competitor with slot-boundary versatility.

DT Nesta Jade Silvera, Arizona State | Round 7, Pick 227

Smith should get the starting reps early on, but Nesta Jade Silvera is another versatile defensive lineman with burst off the line and experience at 0-tech and 1-tech. At 6’1 1/2″ and 307 pounds, he’s a hyper-compact one-gap disruptor who could be a great value deal.

OL Jerome Carvin, Tennessee | Round 7, Pick 251

Trey Smith, Creed Humphrey, and Joe Thuney are locked in as the starting three on the interior offensive line for Kansas City. But in Round 7, adding a player like Jerome Carvin — who has awesome strength and experience at all three spots — is a superb depth move.

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