ROUND 5 – PICK 171: DONNEL PUMPHREY, RB (SAN DIEGO STATE)
My original plan was to draft a running back early, but by the time the Chiefs were on the clock in each of the first four rounds, it was either a case of my first choice being off the board or it being a reach.
In round five, however, I believe the KC Chiefs got a steal in the running back pool when they add Donnel Pumphrey to their roster in 2017. This guy is an absolute work horse and could be the answer the Chiefs are looking for when it comes to the running back position.
The Chiefs struggled to run the football in 2016 and it’s likely that Jamaal Charles is done in Kansas City. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West were good for the team in 2015, but added little to nothing this past season.
This guy is an absolute work horse and could be the answer the Chiefs are looking for when it comes to the running back position.
So yeah, Donnel Pumphrey would be a welcomed addition to Kansas City.
Pumphrey was a dark horse name circulating for the Heisman Trophy early on in the season and that really wouldn’t have been all that crazy if he had made the final cut. The Aztec rushed for 2,133 yards as a senior at San Diego State and had a whopping 17 rushing touchdowns.
The reason why Pumphrey could still be available so late in the draft is that he’s not the preferred size for an NFL running back. He also has battled an ankle injury throughout his past few seasons and might not show a whole lot of durability against guys much bigger than him.
Still though. Pumphrey would be a great late round selection by the Kansas City Chiefs and would instantly have a big role within the team.