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3 Former Chiefs Who Remain Unsigned Heading Into the NFL Draft

With the 2024 NFL Draft on the horizon, multiple former Chief players are looking for a new job this offseason.
Super Bowl LVIII - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs
Super Bowl LVIII - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs / Perry Knotts/GettyImages
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With the 2024 NFL Draft on the horizon, all 32 NFL teams are starting to put the final touches on their draft boards as they look to add impact players to their roster. While a new class of rookies is set to enter the league, numerous veteran free agents are looking for their next opportunity.

The back-to-back Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have done a good job re-signing their core free agents from this past season. However, players like Mecole Hardman and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who played an integral part in the postseason don’t have a new team.

Nonetheless, we’ll look at a few former Chiefs who are still not signed heading into the 2024 NFL Draft as teams wait to see how things shake out during the seven-round extravaganza.

1. Mecole Hardman

The 26-year-old wide receiver etched his name in Super Bowl lore in February as he scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime to get the Chiefs their second-straight title.

Hardman rejoined Kansas City in October after being acquired from the New York Jets. The 5-foot-10 wide receiver didn’t do much with the Chiefs in the regular season (14 receptions for 118 yards in six games), but he came up huge in the postseason.

In Super Bowl 58 against the San Francisco 49ers, Hardman recorded three receptions (three targets) for 57 yards and a touchdown. With so much attention on Travis Kelce and Rashee Rice, Hardman became the Chiefs’ Super Bowl hero.

Despite his success in the Super Bowl, it’s not surprising that Hardman is still waiting for a new opportunity. Most teams will try to find a speedy receiver who can stretch the field in this year’s draft class. 

The Chiefs could use their first-round pick on a wide receiver, spelling bad news for a potential Hardman return. That said, Hardman should be able to land a job after the draft as he offers some big-play ability as a depth wide receiver.