Now that the 2014 NFL Draft has officially wrapped, analysts everywhere are grading all 32 teams with how they drafted this year. The KC Chiefs might have made some surprising picks, but analysts seemed to think they did a decent job with their selections.
The Chiefs shocked everyone by not picking up a wide receiver in the draft. While Kansas City took two defensive players at the start of the draft, the last four selections were on the offensive side of the ball.
Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. gave the Chiefs a B- and said the most notable picks were first round choice Dee Ford, running back De’Anthony Thomas, and quarterback Aaron Murray. Out of the teams in the AFC West, Kiper felt the Raiders and Chargers did better than Kansas City. He rated Denver having the worst draft of the division with a C+.
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Kansas City Star writer Terez Paylor gave the Chiefs a B+ in this year’s draft. Here is what Paylor had to say,
“Their overall grade is hurt by the fact they a.) could have dearly used a second-round pick and only had six picks, in general, and b.) they didn’t come away with a receiver, per se. But the Chiefs still came through with a solid draft.”
Paylor definitely has a point. If the KC Chiefs had a second round pick this year, there’s likely no doubt that they would have grabbed a receiver. My reasoning for why they didn’t is that by the third round they didn’t feel there was number two receiver left in the draft that could line up opposite Dwayne Bowe.
While the Chiefs didn’t come away with a wide receiver, many are optimistic about the pick up of Thomas. Paylor sees big things for Thomas in Kansas City.
“…while Thomas is too small to play running back full-time, he’ll log plenty of snaps in the slot as Dexter McCluster’s replacement.”
Most of what Paylor had to say was positive, but his one main con was that Kansas City didn’t draft a safety, one of their other needs.