This will be the most important Draft for the Chiefs since the first year, back in the DORSEY-Era. It is time to show that ANDY REID can run this team from the absolute top, with his lap dog, GM BRETT VEACH, reporting to him. Their off-season personnel losses have been as devastating as any team in the NFL, IMO. There may be more to come, especially if TYREEK HILL is in as much trouble for child abuse as some seem to think. The team added some nice pieces in TYRANN MATHIEU, CARLOS HYDE, and ALEX OKAFOR, but those additions don’t even come close to the losses of JUSTIN HOUSTON, DEE FORD, CHRIS CONLEY, MITCH MORSE, DEMETRIUS HARRIS, STEVEN NELSON, KAREEM HUNT and more. With the hottest young QB in the NFL, this team seems perched on the precipice of disaster. The roster is a poor imitation of what it was just a season or so ago. They need one heck of a Draft effort to hold things together.
Round 1, Pick 29
BRIAN BURNS ER/OB FLORIDA STATE 6’5/249 PP#28
With HOUSTON and FORD both gone, this is a must Pick as the team now employs a 4-3 scheme that requires its OB to bring the heat from all angles. BURNS has the upside to be the next JUSTIN HOUSTON, but how quickly can SPAGNUOLO and his defensive assistants refine his skills? They will need to be patient with this man/child. At 249 lbs., BURNS blazed a 4.53/40 at the Combine. He got better each season at FSU, and in 2018 had 52 tackles, which included 15.5 TFL, 10 of which were Sacks. He also forced 3 fumbles, and had 3 PD. BURNS could be the athletic freak for their Defense, that MAHOMES is for the Offense. Chiefs top brass sure hope so.
Round 2, Pick 61
ERIK McCOY OC/G TEXAS A&M 6’4/310 PP#59
McCOY could be a plug and play Rookie for this team, at either OG slot, or at OC. Replacing MORSE at OC would be the most helpful slot for him. He is not as bull strong as the weight room warrior, MORSE, but he is more of an athlete, which could be a big help with the mobile MAHOMES, in that backfield. McCOY likely needs to get stronger for the NFL wars, particularly against huge Nose Tackles in 3-4 base schemes. But he can probably get by on his athleticism, as the staff decides how to pack a bit more muscle mass onto his frame. This Pick looks like another Rookie starter with McCOY.
Round 2, Pick 63
J.J. ARCEGA-WHITESIDE WR STANFORD 6’2/225 PP#67
This guy looks, and plays, bigger than his Combine measurements. He’s an absolute bully, who gets modest separation, but refuses to lose the ball battle to defenders. His 33 1/4″ arms make him a candidate to win most contested balls. He will give them some good blocking for their run game, and extra yards after their faster wideouts make the catch and head upfield. He dominates on the sideline catches, and battles past tacklers after the catch. He has exactly what their offense needs to compliment the speed receivers, in WATKINS and HILL. His numbers got better every season in Stanford’s pro style Offense. In 2018, he caught 63 balls for 1,059 yards and 14 TD’s. He could team up very nicely with KELCE in the red zone. It looks like his frame could add another 10 lbs. and make him a combo wideout and move-TE.
Round 3, Pick 92
JUSTIN LAYNE CB MICHIGAN STATE 6’2/192 PP#96
They are still trying to put their secondary back together, and now have lost STEVEN NELSON in Free Agency. LAYNE is a fundamentally sound DB out of the Spartans physical defensive scheme. He showed explosion and good change of direction with Combine testing. His broad jump was 134″, which is over 11 feet, for the math challenged. His 33″ arms also come in handy in man coverage. I believe he could find spots in their Nickel and Dime packages right away. He may also take away VFA BREELAND’s starting job by late season, saving them some potential cap-space for 2020.
Round 5, Pick 167
CORTEZ BROUGHTON DL CINCINNATI 6’2/291 PP#173
Don’t let this guys lack of height as a DL fool you. He has good strength, and decent quickness off the snap. He was not at the Combine, and I cannot fathom why not. He was at the Shrine venue, which allowed me to watch him through 4 practices, and the game. He was outstanding in his execution and effort every single day. In today’s NFL defenses, where alignments up front change from play to play, I think he has the versatility to perform multiple functions for their D. His lack of height comes in handy at times, as he displays a low center of gravity and good bend. He could provide some solid depth to their depleted DL group.
Round 6, Pick 201
DREW SAMPLE TE WASHINGTON 6’5/255 PP#201
Another VFA loss was DEMETRIUS HARRIS, who was the primary back-up for TRAVIS KELCE, and an extra TE in the Red Zone offense. Luckily for the Chiefs, SAMPLE ranks this low because of the overall TE talent in this prospect class. SAMPLE is a big, tough guy who blocks with gusto, and has developed as a receiver. His big hands, (9 5/8), make him reliable as a receiver. He could use more strength in his upper body to control defenders when he gets into their bodies. I think he could develop as KELCE’s primary back-up in a couple of seasons. Excellent value at the Pick, for a hard working kid who played football in a winning, big time program.
Round 6, Pick 214
B.J. BLUNT S/LB McNEESE STATE 6’2/203 PP#216
This Pick is a pure projection on his aggressiveness and athleticism. He was at the Shrine venue, and drew “oohs and aahs” all week for some of his hits and his energy. He can help this team immediately on Special Teams, and might blossom into a hybrid LB/SS player with time. He is yet another guy who was high on my list of players who should have been at the Combine. To my eyes, he can make an NFL roster and contribute in multiple ways.
Round 7, Pick 216
ISAIAH PRINCE OT OHIO STATE 6’7/305 PP#230
A good looking athlete, who just doesn’t seem to get enough done out on the field. He is very inconsistent. I’ve seen him look dominant one game, and disappear the next. He is not dissimilar to JAMARCO JONES, who was drafted in Round 5 last year, but languished on the Sea Hawks Practice Squad all season. He has all the physical traits you look for, with 10 1/8″ hands and 35 1/2″ arms. His 5.09/40 Combine time is not bad for his size. Let’s call him a developmental project with upside, who has the potential to perhaps become a solid OL back-up in a couple of years.
I think this would represent a pretty good haul for the Chiefs. But even at that, they will have to be aggressive at finding more back-up help in the form of URFA’s and signings from the AAF. When the smoke clears away, we may find that the Chiefs lead the NFL in losses to VFA.