The 2014 NFL Draft is officially in the books and draft analysts are busy at work grading all 32 teams. The latest draft analysis courtesy of NFL.com ranked the KC Chiefs as the AFC West team with the worst draft this year. The Chiefs were given a C+ by NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks.
Here’s what Brooks had to say about the Chiefs’ draft,
“K.C. entered this draft needing to add more blue-chip prospects to fill some of the glaring holes that were exposed in the second half of the season. With that in mind, Reid raised eyebrows around the league when he opted for Ford at No. 23. While Ford eventually could become a key contributor, right now, he is pegged to play as a designated pass rusher behind two Pro Bowlers (Hali and Houston).”
Brooks wasn’t the only one surprised about the selection of Auburn defensive end Dee Ford with the 23rd overall pick. Fans were anticipating a young franchise wide receiver to line up opposite Dwayne Bowe. Instead, Kansas City opted to draft (more than likely) Tamba Hali‘s replacement. Brooks considered Ford to be the most surprising pick of the AFC West teams.
“Even though Ford flashes some Derrick Thomas-like qualities coming off the ball, the presence of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston could restrict his playing time as a designated pass rusher. Thus, snagging an instant-impact receiver to upgrade that position group might’ve been a better play for the Chiefs.”
In the third round, again instead of taking a wide receiver, the Chiefs went with Rice cornerback Phillip Gaines. Cornerback was a need for the Chiefs, but it was still surprising that Kansas City chose to ignore the talented crop of receivers still on the board. My theory is that the Chiefs didn’t see a potential number two receiver available.
“Phillip Gaines is a long, rangy corner with the potential to develop into a starter down the road. De’Anthony Thomas slides into free-agent departee Dexter McCluster‘s role as a versatile offensive weapon/return specialist. Pay close attention to Aaron Murray over the next few seasons. Reid seemingly has the Midas touch with quarterbacks, which is why Murray could be Alex Smith‘s replacement in 2015.”
People can speculate all they want, but the truth is that we won’t know how these players are going to perform until the season is officially underway. Who knows? The Chiefs could end up having the last laugh.
Do you agree with Bucky Brooks’ grade for the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2014 draft?
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