As we move toward the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft, what are some names that Kansas City Chiefs fans should be aware of and keep an eye on? We highlight a few here.
Every year, the excitement of the first round gives way to the meat of the draft in rounds two and three. Sure, the draft would be infinitely better if it was a two day weekend event as in years past, but it no longer is and here we are on Friday night getting ready for the second and third rounds.
Just because the Kansas City Chiefs failed to address the position you most earnestly hoped for in round one doesn’t mean they will ignore it completely. It just means keep a keen eye in the final six rounds as they look to address their needs.
In reality, the team needs to be far more focused on 2021 contributors than 2020, as the top portion of their roster is basically already set.
Lloyd Cushenberry III, C/G, LSU
The Chiefs drafted Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of LSU with their first round pick, so why not take his college center in the second round? The Chiefs are often linked to interior linemen and Cushenberry provides a mix of ready to play talent and positional versatility the Chiefs love. However, the Chiefs under Andy Reid simply don’t draft interior offensive linemen.
In fact, the only interior lineman the Chiefs have drafted was last year’s seventh round pick Nick Allegretti. Every other interior lineman drafted by the Chiefs played offensive tackle in college. However, the Chiefs may be interested in a plug and play center on Friday.
Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
The Chiefs continue to tread lightly around the backup tight end spot, having signed Ricky Seals- Jones, a former college receiver at Texas A&M. Kmet is far more built and ready to be a true ‘two way’ tight end, contributing both as a blocker and a receiver. He needs work and refinement on technique, which having Travis Kelce on the roster allows him the time and opportunity to learn and develop.
Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa
Another developmental type corner, Ojemudia has good size and speed for the position and may very well out produce his draft position at the end of the day. Much like the others mentioned above, his game needs work, and Ojemudia plays almost as a safety playing on the outside. As far as depth goes, Ojemudia is the type of player that could be a solid rotational corner at the start of his career.
Michael Pittman, WR, USC
If the Chiefs were to select Pittman, he certainly would be the black sheep of the receiving group. At 6’4″ and 223 pounds, he certainly is bigger than any other receiver by a wide margin. He’d also be the slowest, clocking an unexciting 4.52 forty at the combine. What is of note, despite the slower time, Pittman posted solid numbers at the combine, besting Mecole Hardman‘s broad jump, short shuttle time while equaling his vertical.
Why that matters, the short shuttle measures a players ability to change direction and maintain speed while the vertical and broad jump help measure a players explosion and ability to get up to speed quickly. So while Pittman may not be ‘as fast’ as say Hardman, he’s an explosive player with size.
These are the players that I’d love to see the Kansas City Chiefs target on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. What do you think of this wish list?