Kansas City Chiefs fans, it's OK. You may have just lost the Super Bowl, but the future is still bright. You still have Andy Reid as your head coach and you still have Patrick Mahomes as your quarterback. This team will be back, and will be even better next season, which is a scary thought for the rest of the league. That being said, the Super Bowl loss did teach us that this team does have a few fatal flaws, and luckily for the Chiefs, they have a full offseason to address them. Whether it be through free agency or the 2021 NFL Draft, this team must get better along the offensive line, and they must get faster on defense.
With no more NFL football games left this season, it’s time to officially turn our attention 100% to the NFL draft. For the Chiefs, this draft is important if they want to make it back to the Super Bowl for the third season in a row. Here is what a seven-round draft could look like for the Chiefs.
ROUND 1 (NO. 31 OVERALL): DILLON RADUNZ, OT, NORTH DAKOTA STATE
For most of the last decade, Kansas City has had one of the best pairs of offensive tackles in the NFL in right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and left tackle Eric Fisher. Unfortunately, the duo both suffered injuries throughout this season, and both are now over 30. Schwartz should return next season and still be one of the best right tackles in the league, however Fisher’s play has been slowly trending the wrong way and he is set to be an unrestricted free agent after next season. It would be wise for the Chiefs to begin looking for a left tackle of the future to protect Mahomes. North Dakota State’s Dillon Radunz would make a ton of sense here late in the first round. Radunz put on a show at the Senior Bowl and has the length, power, and athleticism to hold his own on an island outside.
ROUND 2 (NO. 63 OVERALL): CHAZZ SURRATT, LB, NORTH CAROLINA
The Chiefs would be absolutely thrilled to acquire what I believe to be one of the best linebackers in this class in Chazz Surratt with the second-to-last pick in the second round. Kansas City has playmakers along their front four and in the backend of their defense but are lacking top talent at their second level. While the team did invest a pick last year at the position with Willie Gay, I believe the team can still add more talent and look to become more athletic at the position. Surratt is an excellent athlete, who has the range to run sideline to sideline and has the athleticism to excel in coverage. Still new to the position, Surratt’s best football is ahead of him.
ROUND 3 (NO. 95 OVERALL): TYLAN WALLACE, WR, OKLAHOMA STATE
Wide receiver has been a position of strength for the Chiefs all through the Mahomes era. That could change this offseason, however, as the team could be losing both Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson in free agency. Adding another quality weapon for Mahomes should be a priority for the Chiefs so they can maintain their offensive dominance. Tylan Wallace is a receiver who I really like. He may not be the biggest or fastest, but he runs excellent routes, is outstanding in contested situations, and is competitive after the catch. In a deep receiver class, Wallace is getting overlooked, but he is a heck of a player.
ROUND 4 (NO. 136 OVERALL): RASHAD WEAVER, EDGE, PITTSBURGH
Between Chris Jones and Frank Clark, the Chiefs have some seriously disruptive players along their front four. That being said, they don’t really have another pass rushing threat outside of those two, and that is an area the Chiefs can improve on. Rashad Weaver may lack the quick-twitch or explosive burst you would want from a top pass rusher, but he plays with excellent motor, is advanced in his technique, and has a wide array of rush moves. He would be a nice addition to the Chiefs' front four.
ROUND 5 (NO. 175 OVERALL): JACK ANDERSON, G, TEXAS TECH
The Chiefs' interior offensive line depth was tested throughout this season due to multiple injuries along the offensive line. It is always a good idea to continue to add quality depth upfront and look to develop late-round players. Jack Anderson is a rock-solid interior offensive lineman who has the skill set to develop into a starter down the road.
ROUND 5 (NO. 177 OVERALL): DEOMMODORE LENOIR, CB, OREGON
Kansas City needs to add some depth at corner, as the team could lose Bashaud Breeland and Charvarius Ward to free agency. The team struck gold with last year’s fourth-round pick L’Jarius Sneed and could find similar success here with Lenoir. Deommodore Lenoir maybe undersized, but he is ultra-competitive, confident, and is an excellent athlete. Lenoir is the exact type of player you would want in a developmental nickel role, and he will be an immediate asset on special teams.
ROUND 5 (NO. 181 OVERALL): JOSH IMATORBHEBHE, WR, ILLINOIS
This is a pick that is purely a luxury selection but could pay off in a huge way for the Chiefs. Josh Imatorbhebhe is one of the class's best pure athletes and has a huge upside. He wasn’t the most productive receiver in college, but that could be attributed to his inconsistent quarterback play. He possesses rare ability to high point the football due to his absurd vertical leap and natural ball skills. He has a chance to develop into a steal in the Chiefs offense as vertical threat for Mahomes.
ROUND 6 (NO. 214 OVERALL): MUSTAFA JOHNSON, DT, COLORADO
The Chiefs have a pair of talented players in the interior of their defensive line in Chris Jones and Derrick Nnandi, but could use a bit more depth inside. Colorado’s Mustafa Johnson would be a nice addition in the sixth round and provides the Chiefs some versatility upfront. Johnson can play multiple spots along the defensive line and wins with above-average quickness and a non-stop motor.
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