“Lower body twitch, flashing the quick reflexes to pattern match…flashes a burst mid-route to undercut throws…quick-footed with smooth hip-turn to stay on top of routes…looks to mix things up in the run game…intense on-field competitor.”@dpbrugler on Rashad Fenton.
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Heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, the Chiefs had only six picks due to the Frank Clark trade, which sent the Chief’s first pick this year and a second in 2020 to Seattle, and most likely had to change up their draft board after the news of Tyreek Hill’s situation was released. Also, the Chiefs and their fans know that they are only a player or two away from the Superbowl so this draft was definitely more important then most in the past for them. All of that said, Brett Veach and Andy Reid ended up putting together a solid draft with what they hope sets up a dynasty in Kansas City. So lets see how each pick affects the team and give it a letter grade.
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Chiefs trade picks #61 and #167 to the Rams for the #56 pick and select Mecole Hardman(WR)
Not sure if it was really necessary to trade up to get Hardman, but the Chiefs management must have heard something. Chiefs may not have had Hardman as their number one guy on the draft board, but after the Tyreek Hill news broke Mecole boosted in draft stock for Kansas City. I don’t see Hardman as a number one at any point in his career due to his more explosive one or two plays a game type of guy. That said, he is put into the best offense situation with the reigning MVP and a great offensive minded coach, so it is up to him to put in the work and step up his game. Hardman will play the slot and has a chance to be the starting punt returner depending on what happens with Tyreek Hill. Grade: B+
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Chiefs select Juan Thornill(DB) with the #63 pick
This was my favorite pick of the night for the Super Bowl contenders. Juan Thornill can play corner back and safety which are the Chiefs top two needs. I think Thornill will start from day one and will solidify this defense as a huge improvement from last year. Thornill has some problems with tackling, but he makes versatile and athletic game changing plays. Great steal late in the second round for the Chiefs. Grade: A
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Chiefs select Khalen Saunders(DT) with the #84 pick
This dude is an athletic freak. He has great passion for the game and is regarded as the Aaron Donald of his college conference. He proved that at the Senior Bowl and that play really led the charge with this pick. Khalen joins the competitive group of Chris Jones, Derrick Nadi, and Alex Okafor. I think this will be a great steal for the Chiefs and I think Saunders can make this defensive line top 5. To sum it up, I love this pick. Grade: A+
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Chiefs select Rashad Fenton(CB) with the #201 pick
Rashad Fenton will be thrown into a young secondary and is another Chiefs corner experiment. It has become almost tradition for the Chiefs to take a corner late in the draft and hope for him to become something. He led his team in interceptions last year and looks to bring that to a team that did not get many turnovers last year. Fenton will have to fight for playing time, but is a good experimental pick for the Chiefs now at their greatest position of need. Grade: A
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Chiefs select Darwin Thompson(RB) with the #214 pick
The two Chiefs running backs, Carlos Hyde and Damien Williams, are both on short term deals and don’t seem to be the long term plan in the backfield. So, the Chiefs went with Thompson to eventually become the sole back in years to come after a few seasons of sitting back and developing. He will not make a immediate impact and is a little under sized, but should play a supporting role in Andy Reid’s complicated offense. Grade: A
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Chiefs select Nick Allegretti(C) with the#216 pick
The Chiefs old center Mitch Morse left in free agency to the Bills, so this pick came as no surprise. While they should have looked to get a center earlier in the draft, Allegretti is praised as a great leader by his coaches and peers. Its also said that he has a nasty edge by a Chiefs scout. The goal for the Chiefs here is to hope he can become a full time consistent center that will be looked at as a steal late in the draft much like their left guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif who was taken in the 6th round and has been a starter for many years. Grade: A-
In conclusion, I believe the Chiefs had a great draft this year. Their first three picks should all start at some point and I think the two defensive players could become pro bowlers in years to come after some development and experience. The Chiefs replaced Tyreek Hill with the picking of a identical type of player in Mecole Hardman. Also, theres a chance that the center they drafted late could be a starter in the middle of the line for years. Brett Veach’s second draft will fill many holes on the Chiefs roster and could propel this team to the Super Bowl.
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