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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Select DT Vernon Butler at No. 28

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With the No. 28 pick in the 2016 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select...

Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

The selection and write-up were made by Ted Washington's Belly:

The Chiefs have a pretty darn solid team; there aren't many glaring holes they need to fill. I looked at cornerback, since the team lost starter Sean Smith this off-season, but didn't see value there after Apple went a few picks earlier. I looked at pass rusher, with Houston injured, Tamba Hali aging, and 2014 first rounder Dee Ford still unproven. Ogbah and Floyd were tempting here in the late first.

Ultimately, I decided to add to a strength of the Chiefs and add to the defensive line with Vernon Butler. At 6' 4", 323 pounds, with 35" arms, Butler is large, long, and surprisingly light on his feet. He has a beastly bull rush and plays the passing lanes well, getting his hands up to deflect passes. He can play NT and DE in the Chiefs 3-4 defense, but wouldn't have to start right away, which is probably for the best as he still needs to refine his technique. He gives the Chiefs flexibility with Dontari Poe due to be a free agent next year. (Several articles I read indicated that their GM has a history of drafting for anticipated needs a year in advance). In a draft loaded with defensive tackles, Butler has the potential to be the best of the bunch. His strength, size, and short area burst remind me of Shaun Rogers, and some day, maybe Butler's belly will be the obsession of a young, handsome, charismatic, and well respected Chiefs blog poster.

The Arizona Cardinals are up next, led by a2342432a.

2016 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Position School Username
1 Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff QB California michael.hamper
2 Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz QB North Dakota St. Bizono
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State Crawford_T
4 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot
Ohio State
Manly and Loving It
5 Jacksonville Jaguars DeForest Buckner DE Oregon Bob Stalnaker
6 Baltimore Ravens Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss pt_999
7 San Francisco 49ers Joey Bosa DE Ohio State apocrylle
8 Cleveland Browns Myles Jack OLB UCLA Robo Dawg
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida Ezweav
10 New York Giants Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame mrwhitman
11 Chicago Bears Jack Conklin OT Michigan State Barnestorm
12 New Orleans Saints Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville Rube Sports
13 Miami Dolphins William Jackson III CB Houston Brocolis154033
14 Oakland Raiders Andrew Billings DT Baylor makeaplay59
15 Tennessee Titans Taylor Decker OT Ohio State aszabo1
16 Detroit Lions Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss Mean Ol' Pete
17 Atlanta Falcons Shaq Lawson DE Clemson Mudville
18 Indianapolis Colts Darron Lee OLB Ohio State fjblessi
19 Buffalo Bills Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama GratefulDawg
20 New York Jets Paxton Lynch QB Memphis troy145
21 Washington Redskins A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama Greg"TheDropper"Little
22 Houston Texans Corey Coleman WR Baylor Royce Groff
23 Minnesota Vikings Josh Doctson WR TCU MissinTheVicius
24 Cincinnati Bengals Karl Joseph S West Virginia OhioCityBrownsBeliever
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple CB Ohio State Legoman0721
26 Seattle Seahawks Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State Southern Cali Dog
27 Green Bay Packers Noah Spence OLB E. Kentucky Matt Wood
28 Kansas City Chiefs Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech Ted Washington's Belly
29 Arizona Cardinals a2342432a
30 Carolina Panthers Suppa Bob
31 Denver Broncos poultman
32 Cleveland Browns Adam Rice