Stanford Cardinal running back Tyler Gaffney (25) Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Kansas City Chiefs Draft a Running Back


In just two weeks, the 2014 NFL Draft will be underway. The Kansas City Chiefs own six picks in this year’s draft and have several positions that need addressing. Positions that will probably be taken care of early on in the draft are at wide receiver, offensive line, cornerback, and maybe a few other defensive positions.

What about running back though? Sure, the Kansas City Chiefs have one of the best running backs in the league in Jamaal Charles, but should they consider even drafting a running back this year?

Right now, Charles is obviously the starter. Behind him are Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray, who are both fairly new to the team. Davis was a second round selection last year and Gray was a sixth rounder in 2012.

Davis started off slow last season, but a lot of that was due in part to his reputation as a fumbler throughout college. Davis eventually got to prove himself as the season went on though. He ended 2013 with 242 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Davis also had 75 receiving yards.

Knile Davis’ most notable moment of the regular season was his kickoff return against the Denver Broncos. Also, he came through in the playoffs when Charles left the game with a concussion. It was great to see Davis step up to the plate and it showed fans that not all hope is lost should Charles ever suffer an injury that keeps him out for awhile.

Gray on the other hand hasn’t made a huge impact in Kansas City, but you can’t expect too much right off the bat from a sixth rounder. He will definitely have to prove himself during the offseason workouts and the preseason games if he wants to play in Kansas City next season.

Draft wise, this isn’t a great class for running backs. The highest projected running backs this year are Auburn’s Tre Mason, Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, and Washington’s Bishop Sankey. Those guys are projected to go in the second round. The Chiefs don’t even have a second round pick.

If anything, Kansas City would spend a late round pick on a running back. Some of the names in the sixth round are guys like Tyler Gaffney of Stanford, Isaiah Crowell of Alabama State (originally out of Georgia), Rajion Neal of Tennessee, and De’Anthony Thomas of Oregon. All of them are sixth round projections and could fit into the Chiefs’ scheme well.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Chiefs take Gaffney in the sixth or seventh round. I also wouldn’t be opposed to drafting other positions later on. Kansas City is pretty solid at running back.

What are your thoughts on this Chiefs Kingdom? Do you think the Chiefs should draft a running back this year or should we stick with the three guys we already have? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook!

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  • Brian Dempsey

    No, not this year. Next year, with more picks and perhaps a better RB class than this years, it would make more sense to go shopping for a RB.

  • Dave Cuttell

    There are much bigger needs for the early picks. However, i like the idea of getting a playmaker like DeAnthony Thomas late. Could turn out to be a good value pick, and most likely an upgrade over Gray and Mcknight.