Which players could the Chiefs target on Day 3 of the draft?

While most of the action appears to have taken place in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs’ draft class may not be complete. To add to their existing three selections — guard Felix Anudike-Uzoma, forward Rushie Rice and offensive tackle Vanya Morris — the Chiefs have five picks available on Day 3.

Looking at the needs, the team should really focus on the interior of their defensive line, but there is some freedom outside of that. There are several scenarios where the Chiefs could consider taking the “best player available”.

Here are five prospects Kansas City might find intriguing.

Keondre Coburn, quarterback, Texas

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If it’s true that the Chiefs tried to trade up in the first round to secure Michigan nose tackle Mazi Smith, then the team is likely still looking to address the interior of the defensive line.

Colburn is a pure nasal remedy. At 6-foot-2 and 332 pounds, he’s one of the heaviest at his position in the class. He has a wide frame that allows him to occupy space, but he also has the punch to shake up offensive linemen. His thick frame allows him to eat up double teams, but he also has short arms that can make it difficult to shed blocks.

In fact, he’s quite similar to Kansas City’s Derrick Nnadi, who he’ll be competing against for the starting nose tackle spot.

Andrei Iosivas, wide receiver, Princeton

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On Day 2, the Chiefs provided a wide receiver who can win against press coverage, play physical coverage and make tough catches over the middle of the field or in traffic.

If they want to double down on the position, it would make sense to go after a speed threat with impressive vertical ability. Iosivas fit that bill. He has a big frame — 6-foot-3, 205 pounds — and good athletic test results: a 4.43 40-yard dash, a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-8 broad jump.

Watching him, it’s clear that his calling card is being a serious threat: pushing over the top of defensive coverages and winning at the point of catch. In the 2022 season, four of his seven touchdowns came on throws of 20 or more yards.

He could be the team’s deep threat of the future — and in the meantime, he could be a contributor on special teams.

Sean Tucker, running back, Syracuse

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If the Chiefs want to use their player of the year, who is more talented than you might think, this Syracuse linebacker could be that guy.

Heading into 2022, Tucker was considered one of the best running backs in the 2023 class. In three seasons, Tucker had amassed 3,804 yards and 31 touchdowns; he averaged 5.4 yards per carry but also caught 64 passes.

He is an efficient runner who reads the flow of the box well. He can effectively cut down zone schemes — and when he’s there, he has the explosiveness to burst through the vertical seam. He also looks like a confident receiver with soft hands.

But at the NFL combine, Tucker was flagged for a medical issue that kept him from practicing in Indianapolis or at the Pro Day. This may cause him to fall, but if the Chiefs feel good about his physical condition, they could get a really exciting addition in Isiah Pacheco.

Jay Ward, quarterback, LSU

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While the Chiefs defensive backfield isn’t desperate for bodies, it’s still important to keep adding players to the secondary; you can never have enough cornerbacks or safeties.

In Ward, they could get a little bit of both. He is considered a safety by most analysts, but he had 408 snaps as an outside cornerback. He doesn’t have the ideal frame for an NFL safety — he’s only 188 pounds — but he has solid arm length (32 12 inches) which allows him to be physical at the start of the route in the press.

He has the profile of a cornerback — showing good things at times in pure man coverage — but also has the competitiveness of a safety and a willingness to attack downhill. Either way, he’s a good fit for Kansas City’s defensive backfield.

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