The Chiefs face a big challenge in the 2024 NFL Draft, needing a strong class with limited draft picks to help mitigate the rising price and value of several key players due up for extensions. Winning back-to-back Super Bowls makes things easier, but now it's time to earn a third straight.
Brett Veach has done a masterful job in recent years, finding quality players like Isiah Pacheco, George Karlaftis, Trent McDuffie, Chamarri Conner, Trey Smith, etc., and he'll need to continue his great work to keep the Chiefs in a position to compete for Super Bowls in the future.
Here's a look at every pick the Chiefs have in the 2024 NFL Draft, including the trades that landed certain selections and lost others.
Chiefs Draft Picks 2024
Why Do the Chiefs' Picks Alternate?
You'll notice that the Chiefs have the 31st pick in the third round and the 24th and 38th picks in the fifth round. The earlier third-round selection comes because of penalties placed on the Dolphins to take away their third-round pick, while the 24th in the fifth round comes from a trade with the Cowboys and the 38th as a conditional pick from losing Andrew Wylie in the offseason.
As it stands, the Chiefs only have six selections and none after the fifth round, notable because Brett Veach has consistently found standout players in later rounds, such as Isiah Pacheco in the 7th.
Chiefs 2024 Draft Trades
The Chiefs made multiple trades dating back to last year's draft to arrive at this collection of picks. Here's how each trade went down:
- Chiefs Receive 2024 fifth-round pick from Cowboys for the 178th pick in the 2023 NFL draft.
- Chiefs Receive the selection that became S Chamarri Conner for their 2024 fifth-round pick.
- Chiefs Receive DT Neil Farrell Jr. from Raiders for 2024 sixth-round pick.
- Chiefs Receive CB Lonnie Jonson Jr. from Texans for 2024 seventh-round pick.
Every year, teams receive compensatory picks based on qualifying players lost in the free agency period. The Chiefs are slotted to receive the 171st pick as compensation for losing Andrew Wylie in the offseason to the Washington Commanders.
The Chiefs have a loaded roster but a number of key players due up for new contracts this offseason. It remains to be seen how Brett Veach will manage the negotiations, and some specific needs are difficult to determine until we know who will be resigned and who won't be.
In the meantime, needs are likely to include:
- Wide Receiver
- Offensive tackle
- Offensive guard
- Defensive tackle
- Running back