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