The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. One of the ways that teams can improve their rosters is through the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft is an annual event that serves as the league’s most common source of player recruitment. Teams are able to choose the rights of players coming out of college to play for their team. The Chiefs selected the following players in the 2020 draft:
With the last pick in the first round, the Chiefs took running back out of Louisiana State University, Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire led the SEC in rushing touchdowns last season and he rushed for 1,414 yards in 2019, averaging 6.68 yards-per-rush while racking up seven 100-yard rushing games over the course of the year.
Willie Gay Jr.
With their second-round pick, the Kansas City Chiefs selected inside linebacker Willie Gay Junior. He missed the majority of last season due to a violation of team rules. Gay Jr. is from Mississippi State where he amassed 48 tackles, five sacks, and two interceptions as a sophomore in 2018. He is also one of the most athletic linebackers in the draft, only behind Isaiah Simmons in combine rating.
In the third round, the Chiefs drafted offensive linemen Lucas Niang. Niang missed most of last season at Texas Christian University due to a hip injury. Before he was sidelined for the rest of the year, he was widely considered one of the best tackles in all of college football; in fact, Niang didn’t allow a sack in 27 career starts at TCU.
L’Jarius Sneed was Kansas City’s pick in the fourth round. Sneed is a defensive back who ran a 4.37 40-yard dash at the Combine, which ranked as the fourth-best time among all participants. He has a lot of versatility being able to play either safety or cornerback. No player in the FBS tallied more pick-sixes over the last four years than Sneed.
Mike Danna selected in the fifth round by the Chiefs. Danna wrapped up his senior season at Michigan with 38 tackles, 3.0 sacks, and a forced fumble for the Wolverines. Danna had a much better junior year at Central Michigan before he transferred to Michigan. His junior year he was known as one of the best pass rushers in the nation and had almost double-digit sacks with 9 ½.
The Kansas City Chiefs traded back into the draft in the seventh round to select BoPete Keyes. One of the reasons they made this move is because they knew other teams would have interest in him as an undrafted free agent. A two-year starter at Tulane, Keyes racked up 85 tackles, 18 passes defended and two picks over his last 24 games for the Green Wave. Keyes stands at 6’1 and a 32-inch wingspan which offers some extra length to the Chiefs secondary.