The 2017 NFL Draft has a wide array of wide receivers available. Could the Kansas City Chiefs decide to go after the position early on? If so, John Ross out of Washington is one of the best prospects on the board at the position.
Wide receiver has always been a hot topic of discussion for Kansas City Chiefs fans. What will the team decide to do with Jeremy Maclin moving forward and will Chris Conley start to figure it out in year three? What will Tyreek Hill‘s role be in the future?
Maclin struggled during his second season as a Chief, missing several games and just really not being there when a big play needed to be made. He signed a five-year deal with Kansas City before the 2015 season began and hopefully can repeat his successful 2015 campaign this upcoming year.
Conley just hasn’t gotten anywhere yet. He’ll have some big catches here and there, but then will follow those up with some crucial drops. He’s had one touchdown in two regular seasons for the Chiefs.
Hill was electrifying during his rookie year, but it’s going to be nearly impossible for him to repeat those numbers. Teams will be game planning against him, much like the Steelers did in the playoff game with success, and that’s going to make it difficult for Hill to be that same playmaker in the Chiefs offense.
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Should the KC Chiefs be looking to add a wide receiver in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft? John Ross out of Washington is one of the best wide receiver prospects and could be the next big thing at the position.
Ross missed his entire junior year with an ACL injury, but made up for it with an outstanding senior campaign. He totaled 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had over 100 yards rushing with a touchdown on the ground as well.
Via Lance Zierlein of NFL.com,
"He should be able to step right in as a kick returner and a slot receiver, but teams with speed at tight end might utilize him outside to create extreme vertical stress on opposing safeties. If his knees check out as healthy, Ross is a likely first-round pick with the rare ability to become a high-volume slot receiver or a lesser-targeted, high-yield deep-ball threat."
With the possibility of a new quarterback taking over in 2018, or maybe even this season, getting legitimate threats at wide receiver isn’t a bad idea. Ross could be one of the more emotional players in this draft, but as Zierlein pointed out above, he could make an instant impact.
Is this a pick you’d want to see the Chiefs make in the draft?