Tyreek Hill was a fifth round draft pick by the KC Chiefs in 2016 and he’d go way earlier if teams knew how dominant he’d be.
This was showcased in Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report’s recent re-draft of the 2016 NFL Draft, where Tyreek Hill went seventh overall. In reality, Hill didn’t get selected until the fifth round when the Kansas City Chiefs took him with the 165th pick.
Hill landed with the San Francisco 49ers in the re-draft and Gagnon had this to say,
"With Hill a member of the San Francisco 49ers instead of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Niners would probably be the defending champions. They lacked—and continue to lack—an elite No. 1 receiver, and Hill fits that profile after making the Pro Bowl in each of his first four pro seasons.More from Tyreek Hill NewsAfter Tyreek Hill, where do KC Chiefs find offense?Expectations for the Chiefs and Bengals in the AFC Championship?Chiefs Defeat the Bills in the Greatest Playoff Game Ever?Why the Kansas City Chiefs Are the Scariest Team in the PlayoffsChiefs Defeat Broncos 28-24, What Does This Mean for the Playoffs?"
Hill was a controversial pick at the time due to pleading guilty for domestic abuse, which got him kicked out of Oklahoma State. He was drafted out of West Alabama instead.
It really felt like Hill would be utilized in the way the Chiefs planned to use De’Anthony Thomas, but Hill eventually found his way onto the WR1 spot on the depth chart, where he remains to this day. He’s recorded over 1,100 yards receiving in two of his four NFL seasons and likely would have gone over that mark (or at least over 1,000 yards) this past season, but missed four games due to injury.
As Gagnon mentioned, if Hill is with the 49ers in 2019, they likely win the Super Bowl instead of the Chiefs because they would have had that big time playmaker at wide receiver.
Something to keep in mind here though is that Hill probably wouldn’t have succeeded with the Niners in the way that he did with the Chiefs because of their quarterback issues around that time. The Colin Kaepernick era was ending in San Francisco and they had former Missouri product Blaine Gabbert as their backup in 2016.
The next year, Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard were the two main starters until the 49ers traded for Jimmy Garoppolo, who is the team’s current starter. It’s unlikely that Hill becomes the player he is today if he was trying to catch passes from Gabbert in 2016. Hill probably a bust if this situation played out.
Everything worked out for the Chiefs and for Hill, as he’ll be entering his fifth year in the league (all with the Chiefs) and now has a Super Bowl ring. Not bad for a fifth round pick.