Chiefs Earn an ‘C+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got an average grade is that of the Chiefs, who according to Kiper got an ‘C+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

The job requirement is to give a grade now. What the Chiefs’ 2018 draft grade ultimately becomes is really all about what a guy who has thrown a whopping 35 NFL passes becomes. Then-GM John Dorsey (now in Cleveland) traded up to get Patrick Mahomes. Because of that, Kansas City didn’t have a first-round pick this year. In short: Mahomes now has the starting job with Alex Smith in Washington — it needs to work out.

Beyond that, the Chiefs did find a couple useful pieces. The Chiefs regressed on defense last year — particularly up front — and their Day 2 picks reflected that. Breeland Speaks (pick 46), Derrick Nnadi (75) and Dorian O’Daniel (100) all have ability, and Nnadi and Speaks aren’t far from plenty of snaps based on the current depth chart. Armani Watts (124) and Tremon Smith (196) are potential insurance in the secondary.

The word is sixth-rounder Kahlil McKenzie is going to flip from defensive tackle to guard. Stranger things have happened. The Chiefs are arguably the most unpredictable team of 2018. Your move, Mahomes.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
2/46 Breeland Speaks DE OLE MISS
3/75 Derrick Nnadi DT FLORIDA STATE
3/100 Dorian O’Daniel OLB CLEMSON
4/124 Armani Watts S TEXAS A&M
6/196 Tremon Smith CB CENTRAL ARKANSAS
6/198 Kahlil McKenzie DT TENNESSEE


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