The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions. However, the last team that was able to repeat as NFL Super Bowl champs was the New England Patriots in 2004. The parity within the NFL means that the Chiefs will have their work cut out for them this upcoming season. However, they have the NFL Draft in order to add new talent to the core. Let’s take a look at who Kansas City picked.
Round 1, Pick 32: Clyde Edwards-Helaire – RB – LSU (5’7″, 207 lbs). Edwards-Helaire is the reason why opponents could not key on LSU’s passing game. Edwards-Helaire amassed over 2,000 all-purpose yards last season (1,415 rushing yards, 453 receiving yards, 214 return yards). This type of versatility being added to the Chiefs offense will make high-wire act even more exciting.
Round 2, Pick 31: Willie Gay, Jr. – LB – Mississippi State (6’1″, 243 lbs). The Chiefs take a gamble on Gay, Jr., who was involved in multiple off-the-field situations during his college career. Even with the baggage, he will be competing for a starting linebacker spot. Let’s just say that the Chiefs have had issues with linebackers in the past.
Round 3, Pick 32: Lucas Niang – T – TCU (6’6″, 315 lbs). Niang dropped a little bit in this draft due to injury last season. He adds depth to the offensive line and has the potential to become a starter down the road.
Round 4, Pick 32: L’Jarius Sneed – S – Louisiana Tech (6’0″, 192 lbs). Sneed will add versatility to the secondary as he played safety and cornerback in college.
Round 5, Pick 32: Michael Danna – DE – Michigan (6’2″, 261 lbs). Danna will add depth to the Chiefs defensive end rotation.
Round 7, Pick 23: Bopete Keyes – CB – Tulane (6’1″, 202 lbs). Keyes will look to add even more depth to the secondary.
Grade: The Chiefs had to address the back seven of their defense as free agency took a toll on that end of the ball. Adding even more talent to the offense gives Kansas City even more options to move the ball down the field. Edwards-Helaire raises this grade to a C- because the rest of the picks seem to be too risky from the outside looking in.