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Kansas City Chiefs 2017 NFL Draft Recap

Austin Thomas takes a look at the Kansas City Chiefs 2017 Draft


Andy Reid got a fresh start with the Kansas City Chiefs after his termination in Philadelphia. In his first four seasons, Andy has helped this team go to the postseason three times, 2014 being the only year he missed out while still having a winning record at 9-7. It is unquestioned that Andy has done nothing except help this team succeed and build a winning program. Many think Andy’s Chief-style of play is boring and old school at times, but it still produces wins and a playoff berth almost every year. This class is going to help the organization as it was more of a future building draft, so when they’re ready it’ll be like the team won’t miss a beat. Can Andy and the Chiefs continue to be a top five AFC team with their new additions, or will the surrounding talent within the conference be to much? Let’s discuss and find out.


-1st Round, Pick #10: Patrick Mahomes III – Quarterback (Texas Tech)


  • Another trade up for one of these non-NFL ready quarterbacks. The biggest knock against this kid was the school he went to. Texas Tech quarterbacks tend to get labeled as system guys and that is the only reason they do well and put up the numbers they do. Kansas City is hoping to break that trend and develop this prospect into the next dynamic gunslinger. Before the draft I was on record saying that none of the quarterbacks were pro ready and that they needed to learn before stepping onto the field. I still stand by that and one the few believers that think Patrick can learn from Alex Smith. Alex isn’t a guy to impress you with his numbers or flashy plays, but he’s consistent and very rarely puts his team in a position to lose. Say all the negative things you want about Alex, but he’s been one of the thirty-two starting quarterbacks in this league for a long time. Patrick was put in the best situation out of the top four quarterbacks selected and that’s why I liked the move to trade up in the draft to grab the potential future face of the this franchise. As long as the Chiefs are winning, there should be no reason from the outside people to chant for Patrick into action. I see a bright future ahead for him.

-2nd Round, Pick #59: Tanoh Kpassagnon – Defensive End (Villanova)


  • Andy has connections in Philly still, so this pick does not surprise me. Tanoh may be a little raw, but he is a physical freak at 6’7″ and is very athletic. He’ll more than likely step into a starting role along the defensive line because the Chiefs lost Dontari Poe in free agency during the off-season and he was one of those players that made the surrounding cast around him better. In response of Dontari’s departure, Andy brought in ex-Eagle Bennie Logan to fill the void left by Poe, but Bennie isn’t quite the player Dontari is. So, the Chiefs needed to add to their defensive front for the simple fact that Poe leaving was like the team losing their whole starting defensive line. Bennie and Tanoh will pair up in attempt of producing a good duo. Might take some in-season learning from Tanoh to adjust to the next level, but with his size he’ll be able to be a force after gaining some muscle. Bob Sutton, defensive coordinator of the Chiefs, should be ecstatic to groom the young buck into his liking.


-3rd Round, Pick #86: Kareem Hunt – Running Back (Toledo)


  • I’ve seen a good amount of this kid play, being from the Toledo area. Kareem might be from a smaller program, but some of his best games were against power five teams. He may not have the break away speed that is desired at the next level, but he is elusive and shifty enough to still get chunk yards. Doesn’t get discouraged against stiffer competition or “better” players and teams. Sometimes he lacks consistency and plays down to lesser teams. More of an in between the tackles runner and has good hands. Andy has had a variety of running backs during his time in the NFL, there is no reason he cannot turn this guy into a play-maker in his run first offense. Dare I say this could be Andy’s next Brian Westbrook?


-4th Round, Pick #139: Jehu Chesson – Wide Receiver (Michigan)

  • Had a great 2015 season and was one of the more dominate receivers that year in the Big Ten. Injuries and lack of chemistry with the new starting quarterback limited his play and isolated him from growing. Jehu has good size at 6’3″ and ran a 4.47 dash. Kansas City hasn’t quite had a dominate receiver to take over a game in recent years, but with Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill as the main attractions, Jehu can compete for an outside receiver role. Not like Chris Conley nor Albert Wilson have done anything of significance to sustain that role. If Jehu fully recovered from his injury and plays close to his 2015 form, Kansas City got a good solid player to make a difference in round four.


-5th Round, Pick #183: Ukeme Eligwe – Linebacker (Georgia Southern)


  • Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali aren’t getting any younger. Ukeme was once a top fifty high school prospect and started his career as a Florida State Seminole before getting into off-field trouble and being dismissed from the team. Ukeme has top notch talent, but because of character concerns and playing for a small school after his dismissal he wasn’t highly noticed. Ukeme can be a nice diamond in the rough for Kansas City. He’s a good tackler, can contribute on special teams until he has a more prominent role on the defense and has good coverage skills too. He’ll be a guy the organization will develop and have learn under the above mentioned trio, but when Ukeme gets his chance, watch out because he likes contact and isn’t afraid to show it. His biggest area of need is learning how to shed blockers, which is very teachable with the right technique.


-6th Round, Pick #218: Leon McQuay – Safety (USC)


  • Eric Berry needs a partner and/or an eventual successor in the back end of the secondary. Leon has good size at 6’2″, but often let the offense get the best of him as he failed to secure the tackle. The Chiefs can expand on his tackling and coverage traits as he learns behind Eric. Leon has the athletic ability to stick around on a team, but until he can prove he can fit into the tough nature of this Chief defense, it’s hard to find a role for him on this team outside of developmental backup. Fortunately for Leon, he doesn’t have the stiffest of competition to battle for a roster spot among the back-up safeties.


The Chiefs are an aging team, which led them to draft good young talent to grow; however, this team is in win now mode and its’ window of Super Bowl opportunity is closing rapidly. Wanted to see a few more selections that would have help them immediately to assist the team in defeating a Pittsburgh or New England in the playoffs. No matter how this draft class makes an impact this season, Kansas City will be in contention for the AFC West title and another playoff run. How far will they go? Who can they can beat? Did they bring in enough talent? These are the questions regarding their post-season quest. We’ll see how the do this fall. Until next time, have a great day!


-Austin Thomas


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