Oct 27, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) follows the block of fullback Braden Wilson (37) on Texas Tech Red Raiders safety Cody Davis (16) during a game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kansas State won the game 55-24. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Grade: Braden Wilson


THE PICK: Braden Wilson, fullback, Kansas State

The Chiefs finally land a true fullback in the sixth round of the draft by taking a local kid, Braden Wilson.

Wilson, a K-State grad, will (hopefully) finally bring some certainty and talent to the position that has been abandoned the last few seasons. Andy Reid still uses the position in some of his formations as well as goal line situations so this isn’t a completely wasted pick if you are of the belief that he will never play. Wilson will also contribute on special teams as a blocker on kick returns.

I like the pick and think this only makes the Chiefs short-yardage and redzone running game better, which is something Kansas City has really improved in this draft.

The problem here, again, is the continued availability of Tyler Bray and Zac Dysert. Wilson would have been there for their seventh round pick so I don’t understand the risk being taken here.

But this isn’t about who the Chiefs didn’t take. Wilson is a wonderful pick based on what the Chiefs need on the roster and how they need to improve on the field. With one pick remaining in the draft, the Chiefs have gotten a lot better up the middle of the field between Eric Fisher, Knile Davis,  Nico Johnson, Eric Kush and now Wilson. This was probably the weakest part of the roster and now, hopefully, it is stronger.

GRADE: B-

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OTHER CHIEFS DRAFT GRADES

First Round – Eric Fisher: B

Third Round – Travis Kelce: B+

Third Round -Knile Davis: B-

Fourth Round – Nico Johnson: B+

Fifth Round – Sanders Commings: B-

Sixth Round – Eric Kush: C

 

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