KANSAS CITY CHIEFS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
WR, RB, CB, G
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
CB Antonio Hamilton, QB Chad Henne (re-signed), DT Chris “Dingus” Jones (franchised), WR Demarcus Robinson, RB Damien Williams
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
QB Matt Moore, RB LeSean McCoy, RB Spencer Ware, G Stefen Wisniewski, G Cameron Erving, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, LB Darron Lee, LB Reggie Ragland, CB Morris Claiborne, CB Kendall Fuller
ROUND 1 TARGETS:
WR Brandon Aiyuk, WR Tee Higgins, WR Jalen Reagor, RB Jonathan Taylor, RB JK Dobbins, CB Jaylon Johnson, CB A.J. Terrell, CB Jeff Gladney, G Cesar Ruiz
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
WR K.J. Hamler, WR Laviska Shenault Jr., WR Michael Pittman Jr., CB Noah Igbinoghene, CB Bryce Hall, CB Damon Arnette, CB Trevon Diggs, G Lloyd Cushenberry III, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
WR Chase Claypool, WR Bryan Edwards, WR Van Jefferson, WR Devin Duvernay, RB Cam Akers, RB Zack Moss, RB Antonio Gibson, CB Amik Robertson, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Troy Pride Jr., CB Michael Ojemudia, G Robert Hunt, G Matt Henessy, G Tyler Biadasz, G Shane Lemieux
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Chiefs won the Super Bowl and for that are rewarded with the 32nd pick in the NFL Draft. There are basically two ways they’ll use it in the first round. One would be to go with a cornerback and the other would be to take a running back. The Chiefs are okay with their current group of ball carriers. Damien Williams had some very productive games for the Chiefs last season but a back like Jonathan Taylor or J.K. Dobbins would take it to the next level. Both of these guys are three down players who can make plays in the receiving game. Of the two, Taylor could get the nod. He has a rare blend of speed and power and could take loads of pressure off of Patrick Mahomes.
If they Chiefs opt to hold off on a running back they should get a cornerback. They are very thin at the position and need a player who can come in and start. That could be a guy like A.J. Terrell. Terrell has good size and speed and is a smart defender who is quick to diagnose a play. He is patient in coverage and breaks on the ball only have he’s certain of where it’s going. He’s a safe and solid prospect and would be a great pick late in round 1.
If the Chiefs go with a running back in round 1 then they have to get a corner in the second. Some second-round options they could be looking at would be Noah Igbinoghene, Damon Arnette, or Trevon Diggs. Of those three Arnette could be on the board and would be a great value. He’s got the size and while he may not be the fastest corner in the Draft, he is far from the slowest. He’s physical in coverage and is more than a willing tackler. He’d likely start for the Chiefs as a rookie.
If the Chiefs get their cornerback in the first round then in the second they could grab their lead back of the future. They’d be looking at Clyde Edwards-Helaire from LSU. He’s a dual-threat back who has a nice compact frame and runs with good vision, and power. He’d be a step up from Damien Williams and make this already dangerous offense even more explosive.
If the Chiefs are able to add a cornerback and a running back in the first two rounds then in the third they could either grab a young guard or go with a pass catcher. Guards they could consider would be mean Robert Hunt, big Solomon Kindley from Georgia, or versatile Tyler Biadasz from Wisconsin. They could use a guy to compete with Nick Algretti on the left side. Any of these three could do that and potentially win the job. The Chiefs could also grab a wide receiver. Their offense is their strength and it will stay that way if they continue to give Patrick Mahomes weapons. Late in the third-round, they could be looking at guys like Collin Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Devin Duvernay, and KJ Hill.
The Chiefs could even double up on cornerback here in the third round and grab a playmaker like Amik Robertson to be the next honey badger. Though it’s unlikely the firey little cornerback would still be available.
Round 1: Jonathan Taylor RB, Wisconsin
Round 2: Damon Arnette CB, Ohio State
Round 3: Solomon Kindley G, Georgia