The Kansas City Chiefs were so close to reaching the Super Bowl, but lost to the New England Patriots in overtime in the AFC Championship Game. Nevertheless, Chiefs fans can remain optimistic due to QB Patrick Mahomes taking Kansas City’s offense to a whole new level last season. The Chiefs need players that will eventually put them in the Super Bowl for the first time in five decades. Let’s see if they were able to do that in this NFL Draft.
Round 2, Pick 24: Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia. 5’10”, 187 lbs. Hardman has the necessary speed (4.33 in 40 yd dash at combine) to break away from defenders. This speed will be essential for next season since current Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill broke his son’s arm during the offseason. Hardman will be given plenty of chances to make plays this upcoming season.
Round 2, Pick 31: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia. 6’0″, 205 lbs. Thornhill will see plenty of playing time as well as either a starting or a backup safety. When opposing teams fall behind to the Chiefs, they attempt to air the ball out in order to catch up. His range will be essential in breaking up long passes throughout the season.
Round 3, Pick 31: Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois. 6’0″, 324 lbs. Saunders will be added to the defensive tackle rotation as he causes disruption in bursts as the Chiefs look for more interior pass rushing.
Round 6, Pick 29: Rashad Fenton, CB, South Carolina. 5’11, 193 lbs. Fenton will contend for the kick returner spot in camp.
Round 6, Pick 42: Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State. 5’8″, 200 lbs. Thompson could possibly see some time at running back if the Chiefs choose to go by committee at the position. He could also end up being the third-down back as well.
Round 7, Pick 2: Nick Allegretti, G, Illinois. 6’4″, 310 lbs. Allegretti will add interior offensive line depth as he can play at either guard spot or at center.
Grade: Even though the Chiefs only had six picks, they used each pick to specifically pinpoint something that needed to be added to the team. I give them a B-.
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