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3 Late-Round WR Steals the Chiefs Should Draft Given Rashee Rice Situation

The Rashee Rice situation isn't ending anytime soon. With that in mind, here are three late-round WR steals that the Kansas City Chiefs can target this week to help Patrick Mahomes.
Alabama WR Jermaine Burton could be a late-round steal for the Chiefs.
Alabama WR Jermaine Burton could be a late-round steal for the Chiefs. / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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As the 2024 NFL Draft approaches, Rashee Rice's legal situation continues to hang over the Kansas City Chiefs' head. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier this week that Rice, who's facing eight felony charges following a Dallas-area car crash in March, is likely facing a multi-game suspension to begin the 2024 season.

Rice was the Chiefs' No. 1 wideout in his rookie year, so losing him for any number of games would be a huge blow. Even though Kansas City signed Marquise Brown in free agency, the names following him on the depth chart leave much to be desired. In other words, expect more help to be found a this week's draft.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is a star-maker who can turn coal into diamonds, so here's a look at three potential late-round WR steals that the Chiefs can find in Detroit.

1. Jermaine Burton, Alabama

Jermaine Burton is one late-round WR prospect that I see fitting in well with the Chiefs.

Burton is coming off a solid four-year run in the SEC that saw him play two seasons for Georgia and Alabama. The Calabasas, CA native improved with each passing campaign before finishing his collegiate career with 132 catches for 2,376 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. The fact that he tallied a TD on 17.4% of his receptions is incredibly impressive.

Like all late-round projections, Burton isn't a perfect prospect. He isn't the biggest or fastest wideout, nor does he boast a ton of creativity when it comes to route running. Nevertheless, his physical play style combined with his big hands could make him a popular target for Mahomes in traffic.

Assuming that his trajectory of getting better each season continues, the Chiefs would be silly not to target Burton in one of the later rounds.