2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Kansas City Chiefs draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Kansas City Chiefs 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– It’s an absolutely wonderful draft for a team that didn’t have a first rounder and with four of its seven picks after the fourth round. LB Nick Bolton might not be exactly what the Chiefs needed considering the few holes they have, but he’s a starter who’ll end up leading the team in tackles. Start there, add Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey – who might not be the right size, but could also be the best center in the draft – and there’s a lot to like.
– Trey Smith … THAT’S how you’re supposed to draft. The Tennessee guard has top 50 talent but also has medical concerns. He slipped all the way down to the sixth round, and while other teams were messing around with long snappers and special teamers, KC took a flier with the 226 that everything might check out. If Smith is healthy, he might be among the best maulers in the draft. If if doesn’t work, it was a sixth round pick. No big whoop.
– Duke TE Noah Gray and Clemson WR Cornell Powell are sneaky-good fifth round finds. Gray is a strong value as a possible third tight end, and Powell is just starting to come into his own after toiling on a team loaded with outstanding wide receivers.
Best Value Pick: OG Trey Smith, Tennessee, 6th round, 226th overall
Biggest Reach: CB Jason Pinnock, Pitt, 5th round, 175th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: WR Cornell Powell, Clemson, 5th round, 181st overall
Kansas City Chiefs 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
2 (58) LB Nick Bolton, Missouri
2 (63) C Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
4 (144) DE Joshua Kaindoh, Florida State
5 (162) TE Noah Gray, Duke
5 (175) CB Jason Pinnock, Pitt
5 (181) WR Cornell Powell, Clemson
6 (226) OG Trey Smith, Tennessee
Kansas City Chiefs 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
For not having too much to work with, Kansas City came up with an okay 2020 NFL Draft. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was okay when healthy, and considering where the picks were in the other spots, the Chiefs were able to build up the depth a bit. They didn’t get a superstar – Edwards-Helaire still has to prove it for a full season – but it wasn’t bad. Now it’s going to be tougher without a pick until the 58.
The Chiefs almost never go according to script. They do their own thing, and they’ve been in the last two Super Bowls – something seems to be working just fine. Fortunately for them, they could use a defensive end, a little help for the offensive line, and a cornerback. They should have decent prospects available with the picks between the 58 and the 94.
They need offensive linemen. No matter what, they have to keep Mr. Mahomes as healthy and happy as possible, and that comes with landing a few blocking options. However, don’t be shocked if they load up on the pass rushing value that should be there with their first two picks.
Kansas City Chiefs 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU
2 LB Willie Gay, Mississippi State
3 OT Lucas Niang, TCU
4 S L’Jarous Sneed, Louisiana Tech
5 DE Mike Danna, Michigan
7 CB Thakarius Keyes, Tulane
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