Kansas City Chiefs Free Agent Targets – John Ross, WR
John Ross is fast and the Chiefs like fast. It’s hard to really imagine a true fit of Ross on the team as his role is occupied by Mecole Hardman right now and unless the Chiefs are going to run three vertical pass routes every play, I’m not sure he fits.
Why did I list him then? Two reasons.
First, the Chiefs love to give re-dos to former first-round picks. Ross is the No. 9 overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft and ran a blazing 4.22 forth yard dash. Despite being a former first-round pick and with that speed, I doubt there will be much of a market for the speedster, in part due to his 27 career games played over four seasons and because he only caught 51 passes during that time despite 123 career targets.
Ross is the guy that gets the honor of being picked before Patrick Mahomes. He is fast, but he is not durable and doesn’t catch all that well. Sounds an awful lot like someone the Chiefs already have, but, for the right price, the Chiefs can imagine things they could do with that speed.
So, who do the KC Chiefs target and why?
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Kansas City should target the trio of Corey Davis, Nick Easton, and Tyus Bowser. Davis and Bowser are young players, athletic and versatile that would help fill immediate and long-term needs for the Chiefs.
Both have shown an ability to contribute in multiple ways and hopefully are emerging talents. Both have their risks, however, Bowser with starting experience, and Davis has played in 16 games only once (Though two of the seasons were 15 and 14 games played respectively). Easton really solidifies interior depth with experience and versatility, both traits the Chiefs love.
However, while it may require the Chiefs to maybe ‘overpay’ neither are the big massive payday contracts we see with the front end free agent targets, and neither is likely to command a contract that creates issues within the locker room
The 2017 NFL Draft provided the Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes. Can it, in the 2021 offseason, provide the Chiefs with additional ammunition to make another run at the Lombardi? We will find out soon enough.