Grading the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2014 Draft Picks

Grading the Kansas City Chiefs' 2014 Draft Picks

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The Kansas City Chiefs did a decent job in the 2014 NFL Draft. Their first-round pick was questionable, but other than that they did a good job of addressing their needs. Here are grades for the Kansas City Chiefs' draft picks.

1st Round - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

Dee Ford
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1st Round - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

Dee Ford
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Don't they already have Tamba Hali and Justin Houston as pass rushers? Last time I remember, they were good pass rushers. I don't get this move. They had other needs and lots of good receivers were available. Grade: D+

3rd Round - Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

Phillip Gaines
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3rd Round - Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

Phillip Gaines
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I like Phillip Gaines as a nickel who can play right away. He is a good fit for the Chiefs because of his ability to play in pressing defense. If the rumor is true and the Chiefs are ready to move on from Brandon Flowers, this pick makes more sense. Grade: B+

4th Round - De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

De'Anthony Thomas
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4th Round - De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

De'Anthony Thomas
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After losing Dexter McCluster, the Chiefs got a similar type of player in Thomas. Thomas isn't a polished receiver yet, but his ability to explode in the open field makes him a player with tons of potential. Good value pick for the Chiefs. Grade: B

5th Round - Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Aaron Murray
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5th Round - Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Aaron Murray
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Murray is an intelligent quarterback who has a quick release with no wasted movement. Alex Smith will be a free agent after the 2014 season, and Murray is a good insurance policy for Smith's possible departure. Grade: B

6th Round - Zach Fulton, OG, Tennessee

Zach Fulton
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6th Round - Zach Fulton, OG, Tennessee

Zach Fulton
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Fulton has a rare frame and exceptional athleticism. He is a raw player, but he can develop into a longtime starter if he learns how to use his athleticism. Grade: B

6th Round - Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
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6th Round - Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
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Duvernay-Tardif is from Canada, and that's why he was overlooked. He is extremely raw, but he is a great value for the Chiefs. I can see him contending for a starting job in a couple of years. Grade: A-

Ray Kim is a basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealRayKim. Email him at raykim@thesidelinesports.com


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