The Kansas City Chiefs will be getting a compensatory pick at the end of the 3rd round for losing Ryan Poles to the Bears. This gift could pay immediate dividends giving the Chiefs two picks to use on players that should be early contributors.
With Anthony Hitchens leaving, and little else on the roster, the Chiefs have to address LB in Free Agency or the Draft.
I selected JoJo Domann from Nebraska. I’ve seen Domann listed as either a LB, S, or CB in a variety of Draft publications. In short, Domann could be what we all hoped Dorian O’Daniel might have become.
Domann flies around the field making plays in the run game as often as the passing game.
Yes, he is undersized for a three-down LB, but his skill-set makes him a valuable piece at a time in the NFL when the term “base defense” doesn’t mean a lot.
Domann can blitz, tackles with authority, and can guard RBs and TEs on passing routes. He’d also be an ideal QB spy against players like Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and Joe Burrow. His speed and comfort in the passing game make him an unusual piece that Spags would love to have in his arsenal.
Round 3 Compensatory
The bonus pick at the end of the 3rd round allows the Chiefs to get an impact player and the flexibility to go in a number of directions. With safety, edge, and linebacker covered with the first three picks, the Chiefs should look at CB, WR, TE, or just the best defender available.
Everyone wants to get a WR2. I would also argue that you can never have enough quality DBs. Should one of the top tight ends fall this far, it might be tempting.
In my draft, TE Isaiah Likely from Coastal Carolina was available at the end of the 3rd round. He’s a big, athletic pass catcher who would finally answer the TE2 question.
But I really can’t walk away from WR2. It’s like a fog horn blowing in my ears. I like Byron Pringle and Mecole Hardman. But they just aren’t going to be the guys. Good players, but their ceiling, at this point in their careers, looks like it’s been reached.
Hardman had a good season last year. Pringle made some big grabs and showed some reliability. Despite showing some growth, I don’t think Brett Veach, Andy Reid, nor Patrick Mahomes feel like either of them has a much higher ceiling to reach.
This is a long way of saying the Chiefs need WR at this pick. I’m going a little against the grain here, but I like Kyle Phillips from UCLA. The reason I say this is because the Chiefs have tried to fill the WR2 spot with speed and it’s not working. Sammy Watkins was afraid to go over the middle and was scared of getting tackled. Hardman is very fast, but his hands and route running have been suspect.
Kyle Phillips is not big at 5’11” and 191 pounds. Nor is he particularly fast. What Kyle Phillips excels at is running deceptive and crisp routes and making every catch that is thrown his way. That is something the Chiefs could use – a dependable 3rd option that Mahomes can trust.
Even without Tyreek Hill, Kelce can open every other space on the field. With Phillips as a slot/WR2, the Chiefs can now have that intermediate route that gives Mahomes more options than bomb it or throw a screen.