KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas City Chiefs added six players in the 2020 NFL Draft and filled a variety of needs going into next season. With 20 of 22 starters returning to the Super Bowl champions, there aren’t many holes to fill, but you can never have enough talent. Here’s what we know about the new guys so far.
1st Round, Pick 32: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire – LSU
Edwards-Helaire wrapped up his college career as a national champion. He’s a smaller back but runs much larger than his frame, great hands out of the backfield, another toy for Andy Reid and the offense to play with. It was reported that Edwards-Helaire was Patrick Mahomes’ top pick if they could get him and that they did.
The Chiefs running back coach, Deland McCullough, loved the pick as well.
C.E.H ran for 1414 yards last year at LSU with 16 touchdowns and caught it 55 times for 453 yards and another score. Expect him to be a big part of the offense as the Chiefs look to defend their Super Bowl title in 2020.
2nd Round, Pick 63: LB Willie Gay Jr. – Mississippi State
Many of the headlines surrounding the Mississippi State product revolve around his actions at practice and off the field. He missed part of the 2019 season with a suspension reportedly for academic fraud involving a tutor. That involved other teammates as well. He also made headlines for reportedly punching and injuring a teammate before a bowl game. The Chiefs made it clear they did their due diligence in checking up on those things and believe they’re getting a matured man.
When on the field, Gay had the talent to be a first round pick. He’s exceptional in coverage and every bit of a hard hitter you’d like a linebacker to be.
3rd Round, Pick 96: OL Lucas Niang
If the tweet below doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what else will.
No team in the NFL has enough lineman and Niang will come in and come in and help their unit hopefully for years to come. When healthy, the Chiefs line is pretty set, but it’s never a bad thing to have options, and bringing in one of the Big 12’s best at pick 96 will surely pay dividends going forward.
4th Round, Pick 138: DB L’Jarius Sneed – Louisiana Tech
Speed and size, two things that every great cornerback needs (along with some swagger), and something L’Jarius Sneed will bring more of to Kansas City.
The six-foot-tall, 192-pound burner was a three-year starter in college and racked up 28 passes defensed and eight interceptions over his career, three of those he took to the house for pick-sixes.
Round 5, Pick 177: DE Michael Danna – Michigan
Danna played most of his college ball at Central Michigan before heading over to the University of Michigan his final year. His last year at Central, he racked up 9.5 sacks and a lot of scouts though he’d leave then, but he opted for one more year at a bigger school.
Danna, a Detroit native, is an athlete first and foremost.
The Chiefs are pretty loaded on their defensive line, but he’ll be a great project for the coaching staff and his ceiling is quite high for a 5th round pick.
Round 7, Pick 237 – CB Thakarius ‘BoPete” Keyes – Tulane
The Chiefs made a trade to get a guy they wanted in the 7th round. He’s got one of the best names in the draft, BoPete is what he’s always gone by and he said that he only heard Tharakius when he’s in trouble, so we’ll leave that up to Andy Reid to see if he breaks it out.
On the field, here’s a scouting report from ESPN that explains what KC is getting pretty well.
Keyes has the size and length to match up with bigger receivers on the outside. He lunges and his footwork needs work, but he has the tools to develop into an effective press corner in time. He flashes the ability to get off blocks and make plays in run support.Steve Muench
It’ll take some time before he’s ready to be a key piece on this team, but he has the potential to help on special teams and defense later in the 2020 season.