Chiefs GM Admits Massive Blunder in 2019 NFL Draft

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach expressed a mistake the organization made in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach speaks during a
Feb 27, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach speaks during a / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

GM Brett Veach and the Kansas City Chiefs have built a talented but deep roster that is built for immediate and long-term success.

Veach took over as the general manager in 2017 and the Chiefs have made the playoffs for seven straight years. They've also won three Super Bowls in the past five years.

With all that said, Veach admits the Chiefs made a mistake in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 46-year-old GM was a guest on Kevin Harvick's "Happy Hour" podcast and talked about where the Chiefs went wrong.

Chiefs News: Brett Veach Admits Chiefs Made A Mistake in 2019 NFL Draft

Veach said, "Looking back on DK, there were areas we weren't sure on. But there were none that should have prompted us to bypass him [DK Metcalf]."

The Chiefs had two selections in the second round and had the chance to snag Metcalf but they decided to go in different directions. At No. 56 overall, they selected Mecole Hardman then at No. 63, they took Juan Thornhill.

Meanwhile, Metcalf was the No. 64 overall pick and ended up going to the Seattle Seahawks. Hardman and Thornhill have been fine players in the league but Metcalf is clearly the best player out of the three.

In five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Metcalf has recorded 372 receptions for 5,332 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns.

In comparison, Hardman was reeled in 2,212 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in his career. Thornhill, who is currently on the Cleveland Browns, has notched 288 total tackles, 21 pass deflections, and eight interceptions.

The NFL has already been in trouble for the past five years trying to stop the Chiefs but could you imagine an offense that featured Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Metcalf? The Chiefs had a chance to put that together but decided to pass.

A decision that Veach understandably regrets to this day.

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