Ranking the Chiefs' Three Best Draft Picks (and Two Worst)

Jaden Hicks had 155 tackles in two seasons starting at Washington State
Jaden Hicks had 155 tackles in two seasons starting at Washington State / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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Chiefs' Two Worst Draft Picks

1. Xavier Worthy - Wide Receiver, Texas (1st Round)

Let me be emphatically clear: I really like the Xavier Worthy pick and believe he'll improve the offense in a myriad of ways. His ability to stretch the defense will open up the middle of the field for Travis Kelce and Rashee Rice, and Dave Toub wasted no time in comparing the speedster to Tyreek Hill.

Thus, the "worst" framing here is relative. Brett Veach absolutely nailed this draft and it's hard to come up with any "bad" picks, but Worthy's draft capital and the fact that Kansas City traded up to get him place high expectations on the rookie. If he has a slow adjustment period, especially with Rashee Rice potentially suspended, it'll negatively impact the team more than if other picks need time to develop.

The biggest concern for Worthy is his size. At 165 LBs, he's in the first percentile in weight and doesn't have long arms. He'll be dependent on his speed and route-running to create separation, which should ultimately be fine given he's literally the fastest receive in NFL Combine history.

Brett Veach has taken grief in the past for selecting Mecole Hardman over DK Metcalf and Skyy Moore over George Pickens. With players like Keon Coleman, Xavier Legette and Adonai Mitchell on the board when the Chiefs drafted Worthy, he'll be judged against his fellow rookies quickly.

Should one of those big-bodied receivers get off to a fast start while Worthy struggles, many will wonder if Veach made another mistake.

I don't think that'll happen. I love the Worthy pick, but I understand the concerns some may have.