Kansas City Chiefs 2019 Draft Analysis

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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.

Each First Round Draft Pick From The 2019 NFL Draft

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That’s it! The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is over and some of the biggest names are officially off the board. Here are every draft pick from the first round:

Selection No. 1 – Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray

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Selection No. 2 – San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa

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Selection No. 3 – New York Jets: DT Quinnen Williams

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Selection No. 4 – Oakland Raiders: DE Clelin Ferrell

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Selection No. 5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White

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Selection No. 6 – New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones

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Selection No. 7 – Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Josh Allen

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Selection No. 8 – Detroit Lions: TE TJ Hockenson

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Selection No. 9 – Buffalo Bills: DT Ed Oliver

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Selection No. 10 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Via Broncos): LB Devin Bush

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Selection No. 11 – Cincinnati Bengals: OT Jonah Williams

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Selection No. 12 – Green Bay Packers: DE Rashan Gary

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Selection No. 13 – Miami Dolphins: DT Christian Wilkins

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Selection No. 14 – Atlanta Falcons: G/T Chris Lindstrom

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Selection No. 15 – Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins

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Selection No. 16 – Carolina Panthers: OLB Brian Burns

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Selection No. 17 – New York Giants (Via Browns): DT Dexter Lawrence

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Selection No. 18 – Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury

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Selection No. 19 – Tennessee Titans: DT Jeffery Simmons

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Selection No. 20 – Denver Broncos (Via Steelers): TE Noah Fant

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Selection No. 21 – Green Bay Packers (Via Seahawks): S Darnell Savage

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Selection No. 22 – Philadelphia Eagles (Via Ravens): T Andre Dillard

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Selection No. 23 – Houston Texans: T Tytus Howard

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Selection No. 24 – Oakland Raiders (Via Bears): RB Josh Jacobs

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Selection No. 25 – Baltimore Ravens (Via Eagles): WR Marquise Brown

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Selection No. 26 – Washington Redskins (Via Colts): DE Montez Sweat

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Selection No. 27 – Oakland Raiders (Via Cowboys): S Johnathan Abram

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Selection No. 28 – Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tillery

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Selection No. 29 – Seattle Seahawks (Via Chiefs): DE L.J. Collier

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Selection No. 30 – New York Giants (Via Seahawks/Packers/Saints): CB Deandre Baker

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Selection No. 31 – Atlanta Falcons (Via Rams): T Kaleb McGary

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Selection No. 32 – New England Patriots: WR N’Keal Harry

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Possible Draft Day Trades For The Saints

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The Saints are notorious for trading within the draft, especially in the Sean Payton era. In the Payton era, the Saints have traded every year except 2006 when Payton was hired and 2012 when Payton was suspended.

The Saints have traded from late in the second round to jump back into the first to snatch up a player they liked. They did this in 2011, going from No. 56 to No. 28 to select Alabama RB, Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.

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One possible draft day trade the Saints could pull off is trading up to No. 28 with the Chargers. The Chargers are rumored to be looking to trade out of the first round. The Saints could possibly package G Andrus Peat, No. 62 overall and either a 3rd or 4th round draft pick from 2020.

Another possible draft day trade is for the Saints to trade out of the second round and deal No. 62 overall and a 2020 3rd round pick to the Cardinals for CB Patrick Peterson. It’s rumored Peterson’s time in Arizona is almost over. The Saints repetitively tried to trade for the All-Pro CB last season before trading for former Giants CB Eli Apple instead.

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Top 10 Greatest Saints To Ever Play

Johnathon Vilma, Pat Swilling, Mark Ingram. All dominate Saints players yet they didn’t make the cut for my personal top 10 Saints players. Here is my top 10 Saints players.

Number 10: DE Will Smith

Super Bowl winning DE Will Smith was murdered tragically April 9th, 2016. Will Smith’s greatest play, in my opinion, was Tracy Porter’s game-sealing interception as he laid a key block on Peyton Manning.

Number 9: QB Archie Manning

Although it was another era when Saints fans typically wore paper bags over their heads, there was a shining star at QB by the name of Archie Manning. He gave the Saints hope yet we were typically considered the “laughing stock of the league.”

Number 8: WR Joe Horn

WR Joe Horn was not only a great receiver, he was a hilarious personality to have around New Orleans. He’s iconically know for his cell phone celebration after a touchdown.

Number 7: LB Sam Mills

LB Sam Mills passed away August 3rd, 2005 after a battle with colon cancer. Mills was inducted into the Saints and Panthers Hall of Fame. Mills is the inspiration behind the Panthers’ slogan “Keep Pounding.” He was in “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” was a nickname for the Saints linebacking corp.

Number 6: OL Willie Roaf

OT Willie Roaf, aka “Nasty,” played for the Saints and Chiefs for thirteen seasons. He was such an exceptional tackle, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Number 5: RB Deuce McAllister

DEUCEEEEE!!! Deuce McAllister is the greatest running back in Saints history. He was drafted out of Ole Miss in the first round and spent eight seasons with the Saints.

Number 4: WR Marques Colston

WR Marques Colston, the greatest WR to never make a Pro Bowl. After drafted in the seventh round out of Hofstra, he was never looked at tremendously. He has just under 10,000 career yards (9,759) and 72 touchdowns.

Number 3: K Morten Anderson

K Morten Andersen is one of the greatest kickers ever after just being passed by ageless K Adam Vinatieri. Andersen ended his career with 2,544 points. He was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Number 2: LB Rickey Jackson

HOF LB Rickey Jackson was inducted into the 2010 class. Jackson was the leader of the “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson and Pat Swilling.

Number 1: QB Drew Brees

Although this may be obvious, I placed Brees as the greatest Saint ever because after Hurricane Katrina, the Saints, and quite frankly, the whole city of New Orleans was in desperate need of a hero. The Saints were rumored to be relocated to San Antonio if NOLA couldn’t recover. Within a few years of being signed, Brees brought a Lombardi to NOLA.


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Jayrone Elliott: Saints Best AAF Prospect

Former San Antonio Commanders’ LB/DE Jayrone Elliott would add great depth to the Saints’ defensive line and linebackers.

Elliott, who led the AAF in sacks with 7.5 in just 8 games, was a Packers linebacker a few years back and already spent time in New Orleans during the preseason.

With the Saints losing DT Sheldon Rankins for the beginning of the season due to a torn achilles and the lack of depth at the linebacker position for us, Jayrone Elliott could supply us with “breathing room” per se. Elliot is a great pass rusher and for him to learn with one of the game’s best in Cam Jordan can be very beneficial for him.

The 6’3″, 255lbs linebacker nearly missed the 53-man roster cut off and had to sign with the AAF in the meantime.


Fun Fact: LB Jayrone Elliott, CB Marshon Lattimore, WR Ted Ginn Jr, and ST/CB Justin Hardee all attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, OH.

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New NFL Proposal To Review No-Calls

 

A new rule change has been proposed by Saints coach Sean Payton to use your team’s challenges to challenge no-calls; E.g. Pass Interference, Roughing The Passer, etc.

This was proposed at the NFL’s Annual League Meeting. This started at 8am PT yet Payton was answering the media’s questions by 7:40am PT.

Payton and the 31 other coaches voted 32-0 for the rule change but it’s still must pass through the owners. There’s high doubt from Payton that this will be passed.


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3 Prospects That Fit The Saints

With the NFL Draft fast approaching, I’ll look back at my top 3 key prospects the Saints have met with for this year’s draft.

Prospect 1: Parris Campbell

Former Ohio State WR Parris Campbell is projected to go anywhere as high as first round to as low as third round according to 247Sports.  Campbell had a great season with 90 receptions with just over 1,000 yards. He measured in at 6′ 1 7/8″ and weighed in at 205lbs. He provides a speed the Saints need as Ted Ginn Jr is getting up there in age.

Prospect 2: A.J. Brown

Either A.J. Brown or Parris Campbell would help the Saints greatly. With Dez Bryant still a mystery, the Saints should add depth to the receiver position. Brown is projected to go high second to mid third round.

Prospect 3: Will Grier

QB from WVU, Will Grier, would be a great asset for the Saints. If he could sit under Brees and learn from one of the greatest, he’ll thrive in the league. The Saints do have Teddy Bridgewater but he’s only under a one year deal.


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Ranking and Grading the Bengals last 10 draft picks

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With Draft season underway, let’s take a look at the Bengals last 10 1st round picks and rank them best to worst

Grading system:

Pick after: If player is better -5 points, if player is worse. +5 points, if equal, 0 points.

Need: The teams need of Position (max 10 points)

Production: Stats/play on field (max 10 points)

Still on team: if yes, +5 points, if no -5 points (has to be at least entering 4th year in the league to qualify if this grade.)

Value: Player’s talent in college plus where he is drafted (max 10 points)

10th: 2015, 21st overall, Cedric Ogbuehi | OT | Texas A&M
Pick after: Bud Dupree (-)
Need: 7/10
Production: 2/10
Still on team: yes (not expected to be)
Value: 7/10
Overall grade: 6 out of 409th: 2017,
 9th overall, John Ross | WR | Washington
Pick after: Patrick Mahomes (-)
Need: 8/10
Production: 5/10
Still on team: Yes
Value: 4/10
Overall grade: 12 out of 40
8th: 2010, 21st overall, Germaine Gresham | TE | Oklahoma
Pick after: Demaryius Thomas (-)
Need: 9/10
Production: 7/10
Still on team: no
Value: 7/10
Overall grade: 13 out of 40

 

7th: 2014, 24th overall, Darqueze Dennard | CB | Michigan State

Pick after: Jason Verrett (-)
Need: 6/10
Production: 7/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 6/10

Overall grade: 19 out of 40

 

6th: 2018, 21st overall, Billy Price | C | Ohio State

Pick after: Rashaan Evans (=)
Need: 9/10
Production: 6/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 6/10

Overall grade: 21 out of 40

 

5th: 2012, 17th overall, Dre Kirkpatrick | CB | Alabama

Pick after: Melvin Ingram (-)
Need: 7/10
Production: 8/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 7/10

Overall grade: 22 out of 40

4th: 2012, 27th overall, Kevin Zeitler | OG | Wisconsin

Pick after: Nick Perry (+)
Need: 8/10
Production: 8/10
Still on team: no
Value: 8/10

Overall grade: 24 out of 40

 

3rd: 2013, 21st overall, Tyler Eifert | TE | Notre Dame

Pick after: Desmond Trufant (=)
Need: 7/10
Production: 8/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 7/10

Overall grade: 27 out of 40

 

2nd: 2016, 24th overall, William Jackson III | CB | Houston

Pick after: Artie Burns (+)
Need: 7/10
Production: 8/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 7/10

Overall Grade: 32 out of 40

 

1st: 2011, 4th overall, A.J. Green | WR | Georgia

Pick after: Patrick Peterson (=)
Need: 10/10
Production: 10/10
Still on team: yes
Value: 9/10

Overall Grade: 34 out of 40

Clearly A.J. Green has been the best pick out of the last 10 and certainly one of the best Bengals selections ever, as he continues his Hall of Fame career.

William Jackson has surprised many with his lockdown ability despite missing his entire rookie year but so far this pick looks like a good one.

Although Eifert carries the dreaded “injury prone” label around with him, his talent and red zone threat ability make this one one of Cincy’s better picks. When healthy, he produces on the field and creates space in the middle.

Kevin Zeitler had an underrated stint in Cincinnati and we only realized that after he was gone. The Bengals front office failed to real in their former first-round guard in free agency just a few years ago and his absence is severely missed.

As inconsistent as Dre is, he still holds together a vastly underrated secondary in Cincinnati and is apart of their culture. Dre has made many highlight real INTs, it’s just a matter of staying healthy and being consistent while he is in his second contract in the queen city.

Their most recent pick, Billy Price struggled in his first year in stripes but that’s expected for almost any first-year linemen. He had his moments and showed that he has a promising future.

Impending free agent, Darqueze Dennard has proven to be a solid nickel corner. Yet he hasn’t exactly fit his first-round selection so far. Still, he should be brought back to the Bengals to keep a veteran secondary together.

Germaine Gresham had his moments but never really flashed in Cincinnati. He was reliable but inconsistent and eventually just not what The Bengals needed.

The speedster John Ross has had a frustrating start to his career but he does open up the field for other and is a sneaky red zone target with 7 Touchdowns this season and 5 of them from inside the 20 yard line. I expect him to eventually move up on this list as he continues to grow.

Cedric Ogbuehi, add him to the list of Bengals first round busts. The best thing to say here is that we have Cordy Glenn. We wish Ogbuehi the best on his future.

Overall, the last 10 selections have had their Ups and Downs but fortunately its been mostly Ups, along with a couple newer picks who can’t really be labeled hits or misses yet. Who should the Bengals pick this year to add to the list?