1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
How can Clyde Edwards-Helaire not be number one on this list? The first round rookie running back has now given the Chiefs what they were missing for the majority of last season – A legitimate running back who can evade tackles and get those extra yards when needed most.
Edwards-Helaire finished his NFL debut with 25 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. Every time he had the football, there was a chance for him to break off a big play and that’s something the Chiefs didn’t have with their run game a year ago.
The ONLY complaint I had regarding Edwards-Helaire was that he didn’t get involved in the receiving game, but that’s not his fault and I’m sure that’s up next. Andy Reid probably wanted to get him acclimated in the offense first, but he’s definitely going to be used as another wide receiver for this offense. He was targeted twice for what it’s worth, but didn’t have any receptions.
It was a lot of fun watching the 32nd overall pick weave his way through the Texans defense and really wear them down. Edwards-Helaire was fantastic during his time at LSU and played a huge part in them winning the National Championship earlier this year (he, too, is a defending champion).
The Chiefs drafted Edwards-Helaire with their first round pick because they were looking for that running back who was going to put their offense over the top, and well – It sure looks like they found that guy.
Welcome to Kansas City, Clyde Edwards-Helaire! This is likely only the beginning for the Chiefs running back.