The Kansas City Chiefs added nine players that could get on the field in 2016 but most are long term projects.

At the onset of the NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs had a goal to get quality players and acquire more picks. With nine new football players on the roster, it’s certainly hard to gauge the true value of this draft class on the field. It will take time to see their true impact but that won’t stop us from offering our final draft grade.

Draft Recap:

#37 DL Chris Jones (Mississippi State) – With the loss of Mike DeVito and the lack of depth at defensive line for the Chiefs, this move made a lot of sense. Add that with the fact Dontari Poe is going to be a free agent after the 2016 season so grabbing Jones was prudent. However, there is more to this pick than finding a potential successor to Poe.  Jones is a dynamic defensive player who has the skill set to play both Defensive tackle and Defensive End. If the Chiefs use Jones correctly, bouncing him between both positions, KC’s defensive line with Poe, Jaye Howard and Allen Bailey could be dominating.  Still not convinced? He's an engaging personality that could generate a cult following within the Chiefs nation like former Defensive End, Jared Allen.

#74 CB KeiVarae Russell (Notre Dame) – It was clear cornerback was a big area of need for the Chiefs especially after the free agent defection of Sean Smith.  Russell who is more a zone back and probably is best suited playing the slot position. However, with only Marcus Peters at an elite level at the cornerback position for KC’s defense, Russell has a chance to become a starter this season but is that realistic? To answer it honestly, time will tell considering the Chiefs drafted two more corners on Saturday.

#105 G/T Parker Ehinger (Cincinnati) – With the loss of Jeff Allen, Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika, the Chiefs are thin of interior offensive lineman.  Ehinger was a solid player for the Bearcats and I’d be shocked if the Chiefs don’t pencil him as a starter next to Center Mitch Morse at the onset of training camp.  Ehinger has the height, girth and mobility that Andy Reid requires.  With Jah Reid moving to guard this season, and though he made strides last year, Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff is anything but a lock to start this season.

#106 CB Eric Murray (Minnesota) – With Russell already in the fold, the Chiefs could not pass up the Golden Gopher defender. He’s quick to the ball, already possesses solid cover skills and has decent range for a man his size. To me, Murray has a better chance to adapt to press cover schemes than Russell. Either way it’s a good problem to have because the Chiefs will be using training camp as an audition period for all their cornerbacks.  

#126 WR Demarcus Robinson (Florida) – Though there were other wide receivers on the board that might have been better than Robinson, none of them have his potential.  He has mad receiving skills, that had he not dealt with suspensions and run-ins with his coaches over the last three years, Robinson would have been a first round pick. He can certainly stretch the field but he must overcome staying on the straight and narrow off the field and hold onto the football at the NFL level.  

#162 QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford) – I guess when you use a fifth round pick to draft the successor to Andrew Luck, I’d call that a pretty good lottery pick for the Chiefs.  Hogan was high on the Chiefs draft board – especially after they botched moving up in the first round to get Memphis Quarterback, Paxton Lynch.  However, Hogan enters the NFL with more wins, completions and command of the complexities of a pro-style offense that Lynch simply does not possess.  Hogan won’t take any snaps away from starter, Alex Smith but in 2018 he could very well become the Chiefs starter. With Smith and Reid as his mentor and tutor, Hogan could not have found a better NFL team to begin the journey of mastering the quarterback position.

#165 WR/RB Tyreek Hill (West Alabama) – Where do I begin?  His actions at Oklahoma State were abdominal to say the least. After assaulting his pregnant girlfriend, he plead guilty to the charges and for his punishment received three years’ probation and attended anger management counseling. I’m NOT going to get into the details of his actions. But if for any reason, he hits the news wire during his stay in Kansas City, then someone within the organization must be held accountable – that’s not negotiable. On the flip side, Hill can help the Chiefs win football games. To me, as long as he stays on the sports pages, our Midwestern values might allow Hill ONE chance to prove he’s deserving of the opportunity he received from the not only the Chiefs organization but their passionate fan base.

#178 CB D.J. White (Georgia Tech) – Of the trio of cornerbacks the Chiefs drafted over the weekend, White might be the very best. He’s the most athletic, instinctive and has solid cover skills that allow him to play either inside or outside. His leaping abilities are off the charts and I would not be shocked if he opened the season starting opposite Marcus Peters. To me, this was the biggest theft of day three. And if I’m right in my assessment, Chiefs fans are looking at the next Kevin Ross.  Oh yeah, he was a sixth round pick as well!

#203 DE/LB Dadi Nicolas (Virginia Tech) – I can’t see any reason for this pick.  It should have happened much earlier, in regards to adding another outside pass rusher, but it didn’t.  Nicolas won’t get on the field until 2017. Long term he could provide insurance should the Chiefs jettison Dee Ford at some point. With Justin Houston’s status still up in the air, I was surprised the organization didn’t make a move in this direction earlier. Still to be fair, Nicolas has talent, can sack quarterbacks but he needs to gain about 20 NFL pounds before I’d put him on the field as an edge rusher in a regular season game.

Summary: The Chiefs did a solid job in this draft adding depth and future starters.  They might have found three starters this season with White, Robinson and Ehinger. However, Jones would the fourth if he can line up at defensive end. The rest of this draft class will be projects and they’ll need time to develop. Still I can’t get the taste of the Hill draft pick out of my soul or Kansas City would have received a higher overall grade. 

Final Chiefs Draft Grade: B-


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