Kansas City Chiefs: Look for more defensive players coming on day three

The Kansas City Chiefs Draft Table (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs Draft Table (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The first two days of the 2018 NFL Draft are in the books. The Kansas City Chiefs have gone all defense, and chances are they continue to do so on day three.

It’s been a crazy draft so far this year. The huge number of trades and the destination of certain players have raised eyebrows and caused concern among fanbases. The Kansas City Chiefs made three picks on day two, all from the defensive side. The chances that the trend continues on day three are pretty big.

The Kansas City Chiefs should still be looking at the defensive side of the ball with four picks left to choose from. General manager Brett Veach added depth to the defensive line with the first two picks on day two and a linebacker with the last overall pick on the day.

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There is a very good possibility they target a cornerback or safety on day three. Depth at the corner spot has yet to be established behind Steven Nelson and Kendall Fuller. There is also a lack of substantial depth at both safety positions.

Chiefs fans may not be familiar with the players the Chiefs have chosen so far, but they are all really good players. Breeland Speaks was a monster defensive lineman in college. He will more than likely see the outside linebacker position in the pros. He has an attitude on the field, but off of it, he has the comedic personality comparable to Chris Jones. The two playing on the same field together should not only be beneficial but entertaining as well.

Derrick Nnadi has the potential to be a standout pass rusher for the Chiefs. He’s already one of the best run defenders in college football according to Mike Mayock of NFL.com. Over four years at Florida State, he had 12 sacks, equally impressive were his 24.5 tackles for a loss. The Chiefs might move him to an end spot before the season starts.

Dorian O’Daniel is an interesting pick for Kansas City. When he got the call, fellow Chief Kendall Fuller was there with him. O’Daniel played linebacker at Clemson, but at only 6’1″, 215 lbs there is a probable chance the Chiefs try him at the safety spot. He’s an everything type of player, a hybrid. 205 career tackles, 28 for a loss, 8.5 sacks and 3 interceptions makes him the type of safety the Chiefs like to use in their scheme.

If all three of these guys don’t start, they will all play valuable minutes. I predict each of these guys will be starting by the end of the 2018 season.

What to look for on day three, or rather, who to look for

Look for the Chiefs to add secondary help during day three. There are plenty of good ones left. There are some other positions of interest they may look at as well.

  • Anthony Averett, Alabama  CB
  • Holton Hill, Texas  CB
  • Ian Thomas, Indiana  TE
  • Michael Dickson, Texas  P
  • Will Richardson, NC State  OT
  • Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech  OG
  • Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State  DT
  • Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State  CB
  • D.J. Reed, Kansas State  CB
  • Armani Watts, Texas A&M  S
  • Obo Okoronkwo, Oklahoma  OLB
  • Shaquem Griffin, UCF  OLB
  • Tanner Lee, Nebraska  QB

In no particular order, any of these names will get praise from yours truly. All of the above fit the Chiefs scheme in one way or the other. Look for the Chiefs to focus on the secondary with at least two picks.

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It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Chiefs address the offensive line, depth is needed. There is a possibility that the Chiefs look for some tight end help as well. Michael Dickson will be one of the best punters the NFL has ever seen, which gives him a spot on this list as well, since Dustin Colquitt will be retiring sooner than later, presumably.