2014 NFL mock draft: Chiefs select Stephon Tuitt

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs take Stephon Tuitt with the 23rd pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft.

With the 23rd pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Jack H is serving as the Chiefs' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.

Andy Reid and company will stick to their first-round track record of drafting players in the trenches when they select Stephon Tuitt with the 23rd pick in the 2014 NFL draft. A lack of elite players remaining at the wide receiver and safety positions will help facilitate and make this decision easy. UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo was an option at guard, but the Chiefs have a much bigger need at DE. Without the luxury of a second-round pick as result of the Alex Smith deal, they will draft a player in Tuitt who fills a need and has explosive playmaking ability.

Tyson Jackson is gone. Mike DeVito and Vance Walker combined for 3 sacks and 0 forced fumbles last season. The Chiefs need more out of the DE position. Tuitt, with his big body, freakish athleticism and pass-rush ability, has been compared to the likes of Richard Seymour, making him a perfect fit next to Dontari Poe.

Tuitt will continuously disrupt the pocket by pressuring the QB, and it will go a long way toward making the Kansas City secondary play much better against nemesis Andrew Luck as they look to exact their revenge in a possible 2014 playoff rematch.

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Check out the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.

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