Despite the fact the Kansas City Chiefs added Wide Receiver, Jeremy Maclin in free agency, there was no doubt they needed to find another one in this draft. In round three knowing receivers were falling off the board in frenzy style, they selected Georgia wide out, Chris Conley.
At Georgia, he was the teams leading receiver in yards and touchdowns. In Kansas City, his size and speed, should give Head Coach, Andy Reid, another young receiver to develop in his offense.
Last year the Chiefs found a gem in undrafted free agent receiver, Albert Wilson. They also drafted speed merchant, De’Anthony Thomas in 2014. With the addition of Conley Friday night, suddenly the Chiefs have a mixture of experience and youth.
If we’ve learned anything in the Andy Reid era, we all know that he loves to run the ball but enjoys passing it far better when designing his game plans. The goal is to have multiple weapons for his quarterback.
A year ago the team struggled to find any consistency within the receiving ranks. In mid-season they added veteran, Jason Avant. Once free agency hit they nabbed the aforementioned Maclin via free agency.
In drafting Conley, Kansas City has a receiver that understands the pro style offense. Further he was very productive receiver at Georgia. He amassed 1,938 receiving yards and scored 20 touchdowns for the Bulldogs, despite the fact, they were mostly a running team last season.
The Chiefs were drawn to Conley for more than his athletic prowess. In 2014, he was chosen the SEC Scholar Athlete of the year. That studious attribute helps when you’re attempting to learn Reid’s complex playbook.
Kansas City resisted addressing the wide receiver position in rounds one and two but obviously felt strongly about Conley to give up a sixth round pick Saturday to move up four spots to draft the Georgia wide receiver.
In understanding how General Manager, John Dorsey, covets draft picks, you’d have to believe to part with one, Reid’s coaching staff felt very confident Conley was a good fit in Kansas City.
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