The NFL draft board fell perfectly for the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. Here were my comments from the night one of the NFL Draft:
There were no significant dents in the bosses' need position groups: cornerback and wide receiver.
The first cornerback did not leave the board until the 30th pick, and it was DeAndre Baker of Georgia, who showed a limited athletic profile and had some character questions in the process. It seemed that the entire NFL was waiting for someone to blink in the corner position and Dave Gettleman to return to the first round to start.
We have talked a lot in the AP Draft Show and AP Laboratory podcasts about the corner clbad that has all kinds of flavors. There is a wide variety of play styles and athletic profiles that fit what teams want. The teams have shown patience to address the position. The race will start on Friday night and the Chiefs are in a position to monitor it all night and make an exchange if necessary.
The corners are still available and I would love to have two: Greedy Williams, Byron Murphy, Amani Oruwariye, Justin Layne, JoeJuan Williams, Trayvon Mullen, Rock Ya-Sin, David Long, Lonnie Johnson and Sean Bunting
That's 11 still available, with the Chiefs just 29 selections away. There is a very good chance that one of these players will be a member of the Chiefs at the end of Friday night.
The wide receiver
The wide receiver has scaled the priority lists in recent months. I expected to be approached at the end of the second day, but now the need is more urgent. Only two receivers fell off the board at the end of Thursday night. The 166-pound "Hollywood" Brown went to Baltimore despite not achieving much in the process due to a Lisfranc injury. N'Keal Harry went to the Patriots in the final of the night.
Wide receivers are still available that would excite me in the second round: DK Metcalf, AJ Brown, Kelvin Harmon, Hakeem Butler and Deebo Samuel
All of these receivers were clbadified in the top 50 of the KC Preliminary Guide. The pool is smaller than in the corner, so you can see that they are more aggressive in this position.
What helped the bosses the most were some surprises of the day that shook the draft. Offensive lineman Chris Lindstrom to Atlanta, savior Darnell Savage to Green Bay, tackle Tytus Howard to Houston, defensive end LJ Collier (in the original first round of the Chiefs) to Seattle and tackle Kaleb McGary to Atlanta were first round selections that I did not do not anticipate
They helped push players to more important positions of need on the board.
Stallions still available
Outside corner and wide receiver positions, players in other positions surprisingly fell for a variety of reasons. There is still talent available in various positions.
Quality players available: tackle Jawaan Taylor, offensive lineman Cody Ford, safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Nasir Adderley, quarterback Drew Lock, EDGE Jachai Polite, EDGE Chase Winovich, offensive lineman Dalton Risner, safety John Thornhill
Friday will be fun
There is still a lot of talent left for the selection, and the board must allow the Chiefs to sit at 61 and get a quality player in a position of need. Certainly, they could be aggressive if they feel that the value is too high, but they do not necessarily have to. There will be some more surprises that will push players down on the board.
The Chiefs fans can be excited at the end of the second round with a quality value of 61 and 63.
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