Rounds two and three of the NFL Draft were completed last night, and after Kansas City traded out of the first round Thursday night, they finally settled in.
With the 37th pick they acquired from San Francisco, they drafted Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones. At 6’5 and 310 pounds, he is the interior pass rusher the Chiefs need to take the next step in the playoffs. Allen Bailey, Dontari Poe, and Jaye Howard, while all respectable defenders, aren’t quite the pass rushers the Chiefs need to stop the quick passing games of New England, Pittsburgh, and others. Jones is that guy, and because of the guys ahead of him, he won’t have to start immediately. He can play in sub packages, and possibly spell Dontari Poe. Speaking of Poe, he’s a free agent next year (barring an extension between then and now), and John Dorsey hasn’t been shy about drafting ahead of his needs (see Eric Fisher, Dee Ford, and Marcus Peters). While it would be a travesty to lose a guy like Poe, this ensures the Chiefs won’t be scrambling for a starter if that time does come. And, Jones’ draft day profile resembled Poe’s.
In case you forgot, here’s Jones at the combine:
Then, before the Chiefs could get to their second second round pick (No. 59), they traded down again, this time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and acquired the 74th pick (3rd round) and 106th pick (4th round) of the draft. Effectively, it allowed the Chiefs to recoup the third round pick they lost in the tampering scandal. With it, Dorsey addressed the secondary that took a hit with the departure of Sean Smith. In his place, Notre Dame’s Keivarae Russell. Shorter than Smith (5’11), but with great speed (4.44 40), Russell adds another dimension of speed to the Chiefs defense, which was already fast. He missed 2014 due to academic violations, and broke his leg late this year, but when he’s on the field, he makes his presence felt. He only had five picks in three years in college, but I think he could do that in his rookie season alone. He’s a good tackler and can be physical. Likely to start opposite Marcus Peters, the Chiefs will have to corners with the swagger and confidence to shut down opposing receivers week in, week out.
By trading out of pick’s 28 and 59, the Chiefs acquired to extra picks and today, they have seven picks: three in the 4th round – including back to back at 105 and 106, two in the 5th, two in the 6th. KC is in a great spot to get value picks as the draft comes to a close. They could still use a guard, wide receiver, quarterback, and maybe depth at linebacker. North Carolina guard Landon Turner, Arizona State guard Christian Westerman, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright, and Missouri guard Connor McGovern are still on the board and could fill remaining needs for the Chiefs.
The fourth round begins at 11 central, and in rounds 4-6 teams have five minutes to pick, in the 7th they’ll have four.
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