By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on May 13, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs did pretty well in the 2014 NFL Draft, especially when you consider they had no second-round pick due to the Alex Smith trade. The general consensus is that the Chiefs had about a B- draft, but I'd give them a B+. An incredibly interesting Day 3 propelled Kansas City's draft from mediocre, to a very nice haul. Here's a look at the picks from worst to best with grades for each one.
At 6-feet with a 4.38 40-yard dash, Gaines has the combination of length and speed the Chiefs' secondary needs. With durability concerns, he was a bit of a reach at No. 87 overall, but he has the athletic ability to develop into a quality player. That said, Ole Miss wideout Donte Moncrief was somehow still available. The Chiefs need help at wide receiver, and the team could have nabbed one of the biggest steals in the draft here.
The only reason this pick is labeled as the second worst, is because the Chiefs probably could have traded down and still got him. Kansas City failed to get a deal done, but getting the second best pass rusher in the draft at No. 23 isn't too bad. Even if he's only used as a sub and injury fill-in this season, the Chiefs got solid value. Getting to the quarterback is vital in the NFL today. Investing in the future pass rush was not a bad play.
It's always exciting to get a quarterback in the draft, especially when he's handpicked by John Dorsey and Andy Reid. At 6-foot-1, and recovering from a torn ACL, there are a couple of question marks with the Chiefs' fifth-round choice. His experience, quick release, work ethic and intelligence should inspire a lot of hope among Kansas City fans.
The Chiefs managed to get Canada's best football prospect with their last pick at No. 200 overall. Duvernay-Tardif didn't play against the toughest competition at McGill University, but he dominated whoever was put in his way. Kansas City had to address the offensive line in this draft. With this pick, the team got a high-quality prospect with tremendous upside.
Seven picks earlier at No. 193, the Chiefs snagged another quality addition to the offensive-line depth. Fulton started 40 games in his college career, and missed just one due to injury back in 2011. His SEC experience and durability could come in very handy. The Chiefs' offensive line dealt with several injuries last season, and lost three of their best to free agency. Kansas City landed a nice value pick in a big area of need here.
Thomas can help fill in at two big areas of need for the Chiefs, and that doesn't include his listed position of running back. He could immediately bring some production out of the slot, and as a return man. His incredible speed and playmaking ability has Kansas City fans very excited. Somehow he dropped to the Chiefs in the fourth round, and the team rightfully took advantage.
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