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2014 NFL Mock Draft: With The Twenty-Third Overall Pick Of The 2014 BRB Mock Draft, The Kansas City Chiefs Select...

A year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were in the outhouse the Houston Texans currently occupy. Now they're coming off a playoff berth. Who will they take with the 23rd pick in the 2014 Battle Red Blog Mock Draft?

So...there's that.
So...there's that.

The holders of the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft now have their turn in the barrel. Seeing as how that turn is coming 22 picks later than it did last year, things are looking up in Kansas City. Take it away, MrCatPants.

With the 23rd pick in the 2014 BRB Mock Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Brandin Cooks (WR--Oregon State).

The virtual Chiefs draft room is distraught. With the top two safeties, top two TEs, top four WRs, and top two CBs off the board, as well as the Chiefs lacking a 2nd round pick due to the Alex Smith deal, I imagine the real Chiefs would be attempting to trade down in order to fill needs at some combination of WR/S/G within the first three rounds.

With a trade not materializing, the Chiefs get an excellent playmaker in first round pick WR Brandin Cooks. Last season’s production at Oregon State? 128 receptions for 1,730 yards. Yikes. And his 4.33 40-yard dash was the fastest of all receivers at the Combine.

Last year’s Chiefs are the one-year turnaround that hopeful Texans fans look towards as a lighthouse in the night. Several top-flight talented defensive players and a strong run game (evidenced by a pile of pro-bowlers) marked 2012’s 2-14 Chiefs squad. Then in 2013, they were augmented by the arrival of QB Alex Smith – and boom, 11-5 and a playoff berth. Crushing defense, reasonably successful offense. Yet Smith only managed 6.5 yards per completion last year. You know who else managed that number in 2014? Matt Schaub.

KC has a top-3 running back in Jamaal Charles. The only thing more disappointing than Dwayne Bowe’s development as a WR has to be the contract KC signed Bowe to after the 2012 season. Is it all him, or are the WR2s, WR3s, and TEs Kansas City has lined up the true issue?

2015 will be the year to find out the truth. Although rookie wide receivers seldom light the world on fire during year one, Brandin Cooks has the speed and elusiveness (ala Tavon Austin, Darren Sproles, etc.) to cause teams to have to account for him. In addition to the production he’ll add, his presence should free up KC's other playmakers.

How does Brandin Cooks as a Chief strike you? Sound off in the Comments.

The Cincinnati Bengals and hlc1221 are now on the clock. The Bengals' pick is due to me by 12 p.m. CDT. Here's hoping it's another Katy Tiger.

Recapping the draft:

1. Houston Texans--Sammy Watkins (WR--Clemson)
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)--Jadeveon Clowney (DE--South Carolina)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars--Johnny Manziel (QB--Texas A&M)
4. Cleveland Browns--Teddy Bridgewater (QB--Louisville)
5. Oakland Raiders--Khalil Mack (LB--Buffalo)
6. Atlanta Falcons--Anthony Barr (LB--UCLA)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Eric Ebron (TE--UNC)
8. Minnesota Vikings--Greg Robinson (OT--Auburn)
9. Buffalo Bills--Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S--Alabama)
10. Detroit Lions--Mike Evans (WR--Texas A&M)
11. Tennessee Titans--Justin Gilbert (CB--Oklahoma State)
12. New York Giants--Aaron Donald (DT--Pittsburgh)
13. St. Louis Rams--Jake Matthews (OT--Texas A&M)
14. Chicago Bears--Timmy Jernigan (DT--Florida State)
15. Denver Broncos (TRADE WITH STEELERS) --C.J. Mosley (LB--Alabama)
16. Dallas Cowboys--Morgan Moses (OT--Virginia)
17. Baltimore Ravens--Marqise Lee (WR--USC)
18. New York Jets--Calvin Pryor (S--Louisville)
19. Miami Dolphins--Zack Martin (OG/OT--Notre Dame)
20. Arizona Cardinals--Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE--Washington)
21. Green Bay Packers--Darqueze Dennard (CB--Michigan State)
22. Philadelphia Eagles--Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR--LSU)
23. Kansas City Chiefs--Brandin Cooks (WR--Oregon State)

24. Cincinnati Bengals--hlc1221
25. San Diego Chargers--f22a4bandit
26. Cleveland Browns--FreedomRide
27. New Orleans Saints--H&Hguy
28. Carolina Panthers--Nashmeister
29. New England Patriots--37bp
30. San Francisco 49ers--TexansDC
31. Pittsburgh Steelers (TRADE WITH BRONCOS) --Steel Blue Crew
32. Seattle Seahawks--UprootedTexan
33. Houston Texans--bhsman