Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Pick: WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia
Analysis: Hardman was pretty productive as a rookie. He only caught 26 passes but had 538 receiving yards and 6 scores.
Pick: CB Juan Thornhill, Virginia
Analysis: Thornhill started all 16 regular-season games and had 58 tackles and three picks. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in the regular-season finale, and his status for 2020 is up in the air.
Pick: DT Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
Analysis: Saunders had 22 tackles, 1 sack and 4 starts for the Chiefs in his debut season.
Pick: DB Rashad Fenton, South Carolina
Analysis: Fenton was active for 12 games and had 15 tackles, forced a fumble, and had an interception. Not too shabby.
Pick: RB Darwin Thompson, Utah State
Analysis: Thompson ran for 128 yards on the season with 1 touchdown. He also caught 9 passes for 43 yards.
Pick: G Nick Allegretti, Illinois
Analysis: Allegretti made the 53 man roster and was active for 7 games. That’s something but not quite enough.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 11.25/11 102% A+
The Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 2019, but first, they won their Draft. They got some sort of production out of each and every pick they made. They made a luxury pick first with WR Mecole Hardman. The speedster made the most of the 26 balls he caught has he had nearly 600 yards receiving and 6 touchdowns. He should have a bigger role in 2020 and that will mean even more production. CB Juan Thornhill came in and won a starting job. The big, physical corner had 3 interceptions on the season and 58 tackles. He did tear his ACL at the end of the regular season and will probably miss a large part of his sophomore campaign because of it. Third round DT Khalen Saunders was worked in on a rotational basis and was able to get a sack and over twenty tackles. Their 6th round picks both produced a bit as well. Rashad Fenton had an interception and 15 tackles, and RB Darwin Thompson ran for 128 yards and a score on the season. Assuming Thornhill can get back to playing the way he was before the injury, this grade should hold steady over time. This was a great job by the Chiefs, and this class definitely helped them reach the top of the mountain in 2019.