Last night, Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft were completed, and with the Kansas City Chiefs holding 3 picks, it was expected of John Dorsey to land game-changing pieces.
With the 49th selection in the 2nd round, the Chiefs drafted Missouri guard/center Mitch Morse – the two of two Mizzou players drafted in the second round (WR Dorial Green Beckham No, 40 to Tennessee and DE Markus Golden No. 49 to Arizona). Without a quality center on the roster, it was expected of the Chiefs to address the position during the draft. When they would pull the trigger, however, no one knew. While many Chiefs fans were outraged and shocked by the selection (although Missouri fans were at the same time happy) because Morse went higher than projected. But, I believe it is an excellent pick. Firstly, he is versatile. In 2011, he played in all 13 games mostly on the placekicking protection unit. In 2012, he became a starter at center, but then moved out to right tackle as injuries struck the team. In 2013, he continued at right tackle, starting all 14 games at that position. Then, in 2014, when Justin Britt was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, he switched to left tackle in 2014. His excellent protection helped quarterback Maty Mauk throw for 2,648 yards and 25 touchdowns. Missouri went 11-3 and won the Citrus Bowl, 33-17, against the University of Minnesota. His arms are too short to be an effective tackle, but his toughness will serve him well in the interior of the Chiefs offensive line. He is expected to compete with 3rd year center Eric Kush for the starting job, but if he doesn’t win the job, his versatility will serve him well with the ability to play any of the positions. Dorsey says he’ll get a look at backup center and maybe guard. But, that’s likely just GM talk. You draft a OL in the second round, they’re going to start. He just doesn’t want to anoint him.
Morse wasn’t the only offensive player the Chiefs took. The Chiefs entered the draft with the 80th pick, but traded it and the 193rd pick for the Vikings 76th pick, which they used on Georgia receiver Chris Conley. Underrated coming out, Conley had a standout combine, posting a 4.35 40 time and 45 inch vertical jump. He finished the 2014 season with 36 receptions for 657 yards and eight touchdowns. His lack of significant production has more to do with the amount of rushing Georgia did (averaged 42.6 rushing attempts per game). Conley isn’t blazing fast, but he is fast enough to create separation, especially on deep routes. With Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce already on board, Chris Conley could see lots of single coverage in 2015. The only other Georgia player to be drafted by the Chiefs in the third round dating all the way back to 1967 is linebacker Justin Houston, which puts Conley in good company. He may have to compete for the No. 2 receiver spot with Albert Wilson and possibly another rookie receiver, or even Jason Avant, but that seem unlikely at this stage in his career for the veteran.
And, don’t forget about this spectacular amateur 26-minute Star Wars film that he wrote and directed:
Finally, with the 98th pick the Chiefs took Oregon State corner Steven Nelson. With the selection of Marcus Peters in the 1st round, the pick seems odd, but, with the amount of talented receivers the Chiefs will face this year, it makes sense to stock up on talented cornerbacks. Nelson, who stands at 5’10 and weighs 197 pounds, is aggressive in run and pass defense and makes a perfect fit for Bob Sutton’s defense. He’s the only corner in the draft who did not miss a tackle in all of 2014. While he must learn not to grab so much, which at this level will result in a multitude of flags, he has the ability to be a good cornerback for the Chiefs. I think Nelson will battle with Philip Gaines for the slot role, with Marcus Peters presumably the No. 2 cornerback. The Chiefs have significantly, on paper, improved the corner position.
Round 4: (19) No. 118 overall
Round 5: (36) No. 172 overall (Compensatory)
Round 5: (37) No. 173 overall (Compensatory)
Round 6: (17) No. 193 overall (traded to Vikings)
Round 6: (42) No. 217 overall (Compensatory)
Round 7: (16) No. 233 overall
*Note that compensatory picks can not be traded.