Kansas City Chiefs: 2014 Draft Class Has Disappointed


The Kansas City Chiefs have begun the process of roster cuts, and the process has brought to light that the 2014 NFL Draft class for Kansas City really has not panned out well.

In the 2013 NFL Draft, the KC Chiefs held the first overall pick and went with Eric Fisher, an offensive tackle out of Central Michigan. It figured the one year that the Chiefs had the number one overall pick that:

  1. There were no quarterbacks worth taking that early
  2. There were no good players period

In a piss poor draft that year, the Chiefs actually got lucky with Fisher. Sure, he’s not the greatest offensive tackle ever, but the next three picks were Luke Joeckel, Dion Jordan, and Lane Johnson. Have any of those names been impressive? No, not really.

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The following year, the Kansas City Chiefs held the 23rd overall pick and in a wide receiver stacked class, they drafted Dee Ford in the first round. Dee freaking Ford.

In just two seasons, we can already tell that Ford is going to be a bust. Even in year three, the guy looks lost on the field. He’s had opportunities to step up and show that he can be the guy, but fails to deliver. The team showed they had no confidence in him this offseason when they re-signed Tamba Hali, who’s on the wrong side of 30.

The Chiefs didn’t have a second round pick in 2014, but in the third round they selected Phillip Gaines. Gaines has been fine, but he missed most of last year due to a torn ACL.

Round four brought De’Anthony Thomas to Kansas City. While the speedster out of Oregon wasn’t cut, Thomas underperformed tremendously while in KC and disappeared for most of the 2015 season. He was a disappointment for sure, but I was hoping he might get another shot this season.

In round five, the Chiefs drafted Aaron Murray. There was a lot of hype surrounding Murray for that “franchise quarterback of the future” thing people talk about, but he showed no improvements whatsoever over the year. He was released on Friday.

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The last two picks actually have been the team’s best picks that year. Zach Fulton has been a great swing man along the offensive line and started every game his rookie year. He played center in Mitch Morse‘s absence in the playoffs last year and didn’t skip a beat.

Laurent Duvarney-Tardiff has shown up as well, playing along the offensive line and could be starter this season at right guard.

Dee Ford leads the disappointing 2014 draft class and if he weren’t a first-rounder, he’d be long gone by now. De’Anthony Thomas hasn’t done a whole lot yet and was in jeopardy of being cut by the team, something that has already happened to Aaron Murray.

It’s kind of funny in a way how the best picks for Kansas City in the 2014 NFL Draft were both in the sixth round. Hysterical.

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The good news to this post is that the 2015 draft class has already looked way better, with Marcus Peters, Mitch Morse, and Chris Conley all starting in 2016. Chris Jones from this year’s draft has also looked promising early on.

So, point being… The 2014 draft class might have disappointed, but that’s just how it goes sometimes, folks. At least there’s been some good over the last two drafts.