By: Weston Mills, who you can follow on twitter here: @Wmills94
Estimated read time: 5 minutes
Now that Rookie Mini-Camp is over and the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia is behind us, I have to admit Philly hosted one of the most exciting drafts in recent memory. Mel Kiper got worked up over Myles Garrett being called lazy. Philly booed just about everyone. Roger Goodell embraced the heel. Multiple teams made moves to get the Quarterback that they wanted and then the Browns (the one team that hasn’t had a quality QB since Bernie Kosar in ‘93)… well, they Brown’d. While it seemed like the City of Brotherly Love was a great host, the draft will be up for bid in 2018. Rumor has it that Dallas is the favorite to host but I would certainly love to have it in KC. Speaking of KC, lets jump right into the Chiefs draft recap.
Round 1 – Patrick Mahomes II, QB (Texas Tech)
With possibly the second most surprising move of the day (behind the Bears giving up three picks to move up one spot), the Chiefs moved all the way up from pick #27 to #10 to take their Quarterback of the future: Patrick Mahomes II. The Chiefs gave up a 3rd round pick in 2017 and a 1st round pick in 2018. I love this pick. Regardless of what you think about Mahomes, you have to like the fact that Kansas City identified the quarterback that they wanted and went and got him. The Chiefs had two third round picks in 2017 (one was received as a compensatory pick) so trading one of them was kind of like using house money. Which means that you can look at the trade as the Chiefs giving up their 2018 1st round pick for what they have identified as their future franchise QB. It has been floating around the internet (so obviously true) that the Saints, Cardinals, Texans, and Giants were all considering Mahomes with their first round pick. That means Sean Payton, Bruce Arians, Bill O’Brien, Ben McAdoo, and obviously Andy Reid all saw franchise QB ability in Mahomes. That alone should provide more confidence for any Chiefs fan than what any “NFL Analyst” has said about him.
Round 2 – Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE (Villanova)
Tanoh Kpassgnon (Tawn-oh Pass-N-Yo) is absolutely my favorite pick. Not because I necessarily think he was the best pick, but because I think the Chiefs drafted their very first cyborg (see above picture). Tanoh is 6’7, 289lbs with 4% fat. That’s not for mere mortals! Tanoh played at Villanova in the Colonial Athletic Association, which gave concern to many scouts due to the inferior competition that he faced throughout his collegiate career. However, Tanoh turned a lot of heads at the senior bowl when the competition was at a much higher level. He is raw to say the least but with his combination of size and athletic ability (4.83 40 and 30 in. vert) he could turn into a devastating pass rusher. Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton should be able to use Tanoh very creatively.
Round 3 – Kareem Hunt, RB (Toledo)
Round 3 produced the draft pick who will probably see the field the most in 2017. Kareem Hunt was an ultra productive running back from Toledo. At Toledo, Hunt produced 5,500 yards from scrimmage in his four year career averaging 6.4 yards a touch and reaching pay dirt 45 times. Hunt caught significant attention due to his incredible balance through contact. He forced 98 total missed tackles in 2016 which was the second most in the NCAA. Even though Hunt had an impressive Senior Bowl, his draft stock dropped when he ran a 4.62 40 at the Combine. Top end speed may be a concern but expect him to share a significant portion of the carries with Spencer Ware.
Round 4 – Jehu Chesson, WR (Michigan)
Jehu Chesson joins a crowded group of Wide Receivers in Kansas City. Chesson is a big (6’3” 204lbs) possession type wide receiver. In 2015, Chesson caught 50 balls at Michigan racking up 764 yards and 9 Touchdowns. However, he suffered a knee injury at the end of 2015 and his production dropped in 2016. If Chiefs get the 2015 version of Chesson, he might find some snaps in 2017.
Round 5 – Ukeme Eligwe, LB (Georgia Southern)
Ukeme “Marcus” Eligwe (ew-KIM-ay ee-LEEG-way) started his career at Florida State but was dismissed for failing a drug test and joined Georgia Southern immediately there following. Eligwe was a highly sought recruit out of high school due to his natural instincts for finding the football. In 2016, Eligwe had 97 tackles from the Linebacker position. He may immediately compete for some time at ILB next to Derrick Johnson.
Round 6 – Leon McQuay III, S (USC)
Leon McQuay III is a All-Pac 12 safety out of USC. According to Pro Football Focus, he ranked 8th in coverage grade in all of college football last year. He may be used in a few different roles in the secondary and will probably be on a majority of the special teams. Fun fact: McQuay’s father (Leon McQuay, Jr.) was coached by Hank Stram.
Overall Take: The conundrum for many Chiefs fans is that this is a team that made the playoffs, are in a win-now mode, and used their 1st round pick on someone who won’t play until 2018. However, the Chiefs finally took a franchise Quarterback in the first round for the first time since Todd Blackledge. In my opinion, the Chiefs did a great job of locking up the future and then followed that up by aggressively moving up in the draft to find immediate help in 2017. The Chiefs are returning a significant amount of talent on both sides of the ball so they don’t need a lot of early contribution out of this 2017 draft class in order for it to be a success. I’m not a fan of giving draft grades but I genuinely think this might be the best draft of the Dorsey/Reid era.