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Predicting The Impact of Every Kansas City Chiefs 2014 NFL Draft Pick

Predicting the Impact of Every Kansas City Chiefs 2014 NFL Draft Pick

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The Kansas City Chiefs had a pretty nice haul in the 2014 NFL Draft, especially considering the team had no second-round pick. The first two picks were confusing for a lot of Kansas City fans, but John Dorsey and Andy Reid were clearly putting the future ahead of immediate needs. Day three was very interesting, and actually attacked some of the Chiefs' most pressing holes. Here are some predictions for every pick's future impact in the league.

6. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - 6th Round, No. 200 Overall

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6. OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - 6th Round, No. 200 Overall

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Duvernay-Tardif has big-time potential with some question marks. His competition was pretty weak at McGill University, but he completely dominated it. There's also no telling if his aspirations for being a doctor will conflict with his football career. It will take some time, but the Canadian prospect should develop into a quality starter some day, if he commits to football.

5. G Zach Fulton - 6th Round, No. 193 Overall

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5. G Zach Fulton - 6th Round, No. 193 Overall

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Fulton will probably have more of an immediate impact for the Chiefs than Duvernay-Tardif. Kansas City has an opening at guard, and Fulton's 40 starts at Tennessee probably have him better groomed for NFL action right now, but his long-term upside probably isn't quite as high. Fulton should be a quality backup, with potential to be a starter down the road.

4. QB Aaron Murray - 5th Round, No. 163 Overall

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4. QB Aaron Murray - 5th Round, No. 163 Overall

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Murray slid to the fifth round due mostly to his torn ACL (which he claims is completely fine) and his 6-foot-1 stature. His height isn't ideal, but Russell Wilson and Drew Brees have taught us that it's not everything. Hoping for Murray to be the Chiefs' quarterback of the future is a bit of a reach, but he could be a quality backup in this league.

3. RB De'Anthony Thomas - 4th Round, No. 124 Overall

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3. RB De'Anthony Thomas - 4th Round, No. 124 Overall

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The Chiefs were very lucky to have Thomas drop to them in the fourth round. His skills as a receiver and return man will probably make him the most impactful rookie for Kansas City in 2014. He's an explosive playmaker who could be a solid slot receiver and a Pro-Bowl caliber return man.

2. CB Phillip Gaines - 3rd Round, No. 87 Overall

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2. CB Phillip Gaines - 3rd Round, No. 87 Overall

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The Chiefs reached for Gaines in the third round, and the team may come to regret that. He's got terrific size and speed for a cornerback, but his durability concerns, poor tackling, and his weak man-to-man coverage gives him the biggest bust potential of any Chiefs' pick this year. Maybe the coaching staff can groom him into a decent player some day, but he's got a long way to go.

1. DE Dee Ford - 1st Round, No. 23 Overall

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1. DE Dee Ford - 1st Round, No. 23 Overall

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Getting to the quarterback is absolutely vital in today's NFL, and the Chiefs did well getting the second-best pass rusher in the draft. Ford won't start immediately, but when he gets his opportunity, he will rack up the sacks in Bob Sutton's aggressive schemes. Expect Ford to make multiple Pro Bowls throughout his career.