The NFL Draft is just nine days away and as it draws closer, the intensity increases. Most pre-draft and mock draft articles contain what the Kansas City Chiefs SHOULD do with pick No. 27, but today we’ll take another route and also focus on what the Chiefs SHOULDN’T do with pick No. 27.
What the Chiefs shouldn’t do
I know this is an unpopular opinion and it goes against many NFL analysts, but the Chiefs should pass on a running back in the first round. Before you continue scrolling or even exit out, at least here me out.
Here’s a statistic for you, out of all 32 NFL teams, only seven have a starting running back that was drafted in the first round.
Those seven running backs are:
- Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
- Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
- Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
- Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
- Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
- Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
Also, to be fair, you could and should add Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch to the list assuming they land somewhere soon. Regardless, this means that the majority of NFL teams have a starting running back that came from a later round. Don’t get me wrong, Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson, and other first-round running backs are fantastic, but keep in mind that backs such as Matt Forte, Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, and LeSean McCoy were drafted in a later round.
I am not here to bash Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook. In fact, I expect them to be quite successful. I am here, however, to show you that running back talent can be found in later rounds and, therefore, the Chiefs focus on an even greater need and look elsewhere in the first-round.
Also, the Chiefs are notorious for drafting extremely well in the later rounds. With that being said, expect the Chiefs to draft a running back in the second or third round.
There are some talented wide receivers in this draft class and some of those receivers will be available at pick No. 27. Unfortunately, with Alex Smith‘s play-style, the Chiefs would not be able to utilize one of those receivers as well as most teams. I’m not saying talent would be wasted, but, as of now, talented prospects such as Mike Williams and John Ross wouldn’t be able to reach their full potential in the Chiefs’ offense.
To sum up, both of those positions certainly have their cases, and I don’t necessarily believe that drafting someone such as Dalvin Cook or John Ross would be a terrible move. However, as you’ll see in a moment, there are other picks that make more sense for now and the long run.
What the Chiefs should do
Alex Smith is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019, which means this is a perfect time for Andy Reid to draft and develop a quarterback. The quarterbacks that come to mind are DeShaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, and DeShone Kizer. It is assumed that at least one or two of those quarterbacks will still be available at pick No. 27. Watson would be the most ideal, however, both Kizer and Mahomes are raw and could be very successful after developing under Andy Reid for a year or two.
Derrick Johnson will go down as one of the greatest Chiefs of all time. The former first-round pick has been on the Chiefs since 2005. Now, 12 years later, injury and old age is catching up to Derrick. The Chiefs need to find an heir to his thrown, if thats even possible. If the Chiefs decide to go down the linebacker route, they should be looking at Jarrad Davis, Haason Reddick, and Zach Cunningham
Imagine this, two former Washington Huskies on each side of the Chiefs’ secondary. The idea of former Husky, Marcus Peters, and incoming prospect, Kevin King, sounds beautiful. With the NFL being touted as a “passing league”, you can’t go wrong with making your secondary even stronger. Also, three-cornerback sets are becoming more and more common in the NFL. This is exactly why King, a 6’3 physcial cornerback with long limbs and freakish awareness, would be an ideal first-round pick.
Overall, each position certainly has its arguments, but some are far better than others. On the bright side, Andy Reid and the Chiefs’ Organization have done very well on recent drafts. Knowing that, all Chiefs’ fans can do is sit back and happily say “In Andy Reid we trust.”