The Kansas City Chiefs are having themselves a really good draft so far. They’ve made two really great selections in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Despite not having a first-round pick, the Kansas City Chiefs are making the picks they do have count. They weren’t on the clock until No. 58 and were fortunate to land Missouri Tigers linebacker Nick Bolton with that pick. Bolton had over 100 tackles in 2019 and recorded 95 tackles in 2020 despite playing in two fewer games.
The Chiefs had a huge need at linebacker and Bolton fills that need. If he and Willie Gay can get on the same page, the linebacker unit can go from a weakness to a strength and that’s something the Chiefs haven’t been able to say for quite some time.
Five picks later, the Chiefs were back on the clock and made another terrific pick, landing Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey to add to their offensive line. It’s no secret that the Chiefs needed help along their o-line after getting embarrassed in Super Bowl LV and they’ve done that this offseason. Humphrey is another piece to the puzzle.
The Kansas City Chiefs are having a really good 2021 NFL Draft.
With only six picks to work with, Brett Veach is making the most of them. He was able to select two potential first-round picks late in the second round and these guys will be put right to work when the 2021 season kicks off.
Bolton will be paired with Gay and Anthony Hitchens and the Chiefs hope he can bring his tackling abilities as well as his strong run-stopping skills to the Chiefs’ defense. Humphrey will likely be the favorite to win the starting center job but the Chiefs did sign Austin Blythe to a one-year deal so that gives them an added layer of insurance at the position.
I’m really impressed with what Veach has done early on and hope that Bolton and Humphrey become the kind of players that I’m expecting them to be. Both linebacker and center were positions of need for the Chiefs and they addressed them with two really talented players.
Here’s to hoping the next four picks can continue to impress.