Aphelion: Worse Misses
6. Devon Wylie, 2012, Wide Receiver, Round 4, Overall Pick 107
The only reason Wylie is ranked so low is because he wasn’t drafted until the fourth round, outside the top 100 picks. His professional career was short and uneventful.
Selected out of Fresno St., Wylie returned five punts and nine kickoffs for the Chiefs in 2012 while catching six passes for 53 yards. He appeared in just two more games in his career, both for the Titans the next season in which he returned two punts and five kickoffs. He never caught another pass and was soon out of the league.
Some names picked after Wylie: offensive tackle Bobby Massie (R4, 112), defensive tackles Mike Daniels (R4, 132) and Malik Jackson (R5, 137), and cornerback Josh Norman (R5, 143).
5. Nico Johnson, 2013, Inside Linebacker, Round 4, Overall Pick 99
Another fourth-round bust, Johnson, a linebacker out of Alabama, appeared in just six games for the Chiefs, all in his rookie season. During that time, he collected a whopping seven tackles.
He was signed to the Chiefs practice squad before bouncing around between the Bengals, Washington, and the Giants over the next three seasons. But he appeared in just a dozen more games, making 15 tackles, all for Cincinnati.
Ten picks later, the Green Bay Packers selected offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, who’s made three Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams, and who signed a four-year, 92$ million extension last November.
4. Tanoh Kpassagnon, 2017, Defensive End, Round 2, Overall Pick 59
Kpassagnon is the highest pick to make the list to this point, though he’ll be surpassed by two others on the next slide.
What do you think of K-Pass? This pick always seemed like a head-scratcher. A defensive end drafted in the second round is one thing, but a defensive end drafted in the second round out of VILLANOVA is something completely different.
Now with the Saints, Kpassagnon did little with the Chiefs over his first four professional seasons. He started only 24 games with 15 of those starts coming last year. He collected a total of 75 tackles, which, fine, whatever, dude played end.
So what about sacks and QB hits, two endearing stats for an edge rusher?
- Sacks: 7
- QB Hits: 18
Mind you, those are his career numbers, not season-highs or just numbers from 2020. Seven sacks over four seasons? Yikes. That’s a big swing-and-miss for general manager Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid.
Sacks aren’t everything. I get that. But this is interesting. Out of the 2017 NFL Draft class, Kpassagnon ranks 24th in career sacks with seven. Of the 23 players ahead of him, 11 were drafted after him, including Trey Hendrickson (R3, 103, 20 sacks), Carl Lawson (R4, 116, 20 sacks) and, just nine packs later, Dawuane Smoot (R3, 68, 11.5 sacks).