Givanni Damico | April 30th, 2020
The reigning Super Bowl champions look to become even more of a threat in 2020. Obviously, this is not a make-or-break draft for the Chiefs due to how good they already are, but there is a lot of talent in the draft that can make Kansas City unstoppable. Did they make the right moves to make them better now? Let’s get into the Kansas City Chiefs Draft Review.
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Round 1, Pick 32: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
I know a lot of Chiefs’ fans did not want a running back in the first, but this is what Patrick Mahomes wanted. I can’t speak badly about a pick that the reigning Super Bowl MVP wanted. Edwards-Helaire is very versatile. He will be used as a receiver out of the backfield a lot which is very concerning to me as a fan of another AFC team. How will this offense be stopped? I could argue for a cornerback here, but like I said, if Mahomes wants it, so do I.
Round 2, Pick 63: Willie Gay Jr., LB, Mississippi State
Gay is a tremendous athlete with room to grow as a coverage linebacker. I worry about his character concerns, and I don’t think he was a second-round talent. I had a late-third on Gay, but he is a very developable prospect who will certainly get some snaps right away. Hopefully, he’s a coachable player who can translate his athletic ability to the next level and sharpen his coverage skills.
Full Scouting Report here.
Round 3, Pick 96: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Niang fell due to injury. It was a scary injury, but 83% of players come back from it and perform at the same level or better. I’m willing to bet on the 83% for a guy that held his own against Chase Young and Nick Bosa in 2018. His tape last year was nowhere near as good as 2018 because he was still hampered with an injury. This was a fantastic value for Brett Veach and the Chiefs.
Round 4, Pick 138: L´Jarius Sneed, DB, Louisiana Tech
I like Sneed, and this is a need, but the value is a bit off here. Kansas City shouldn’t have picked Sneed this early. I think he would have been there in the fifth and maybe even the sixth. Nevertheless, the Chiefs get a prospect they can develop and who will start in some packages right away.
Round 5, Pick 177: Mike Danna, EDGE, Michigan
Danna was good against smaller competition when he played at Central Michigan, but he wasn’t too much of a factor after he transferred to Michigan. I’m really surprised that he even got drafted, especially this high. He’s a rotational piece at best.
Round 7, Pick 237: Thakarius Keyes, CB, Tulane
I had an undrafted grade on Keyes, but since it’s the seventh, the value isn’t too far off. The Chiefs really need depth at cornerback and they get it in the lengthy cornerback from Tulane. He lacked great ball skills at Tulane and doesn’t really have great hip fluidity. Developmental piece, but a good one.
The Chiefs added a couple of guys that will play right away, but they also reached on a couple of guys that might not make an impact on the team. I really love the Niang pick. He will develop into a starter within a year if he doesn’t start immediately. Edwards-Helaire was a great pick to make the offense even scarier too. I hated the Danna pick because I just don’t see any value or a whole lot of potential there, but it’s hard to really pick apart day-three picks.
Overall Grade: B
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