Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Kansas City Chiefs.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|10||QB||Patrick Mahomes||Texas Tech|
|183||LB||Ukeme Eligwe||Georgia Southern|
|218||S||Leon McQuay||Southern California|
Best Value: RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo
Hunt brings a skill set to the table that should mesh nicely with Coach Andy Reid’s offense. There are some established backs in the Chiefs’ backfield that will make Hunt becoming the premiere back a prolonged process. But Hunt’s physical running style, low to the ground build and ability to string cuts together between the tackles will make him effective when he does get touches.
Hunt has three down skills and I would expect sooner rather than later he’ll be eating up the lion’s share of carries for Kansas City.
Worst Value: WR Jehu Chesson, Michigan
Chesson showed regression in 2016 after a strong 2015 season; a worrisome development, especially as he enters the next level. Granted, Chesson did not have a NFL caliber passer throwing him the football in Wilton Speight but Chesson struggled to cleanly catch the football and establish separation.
A fleet footed route runner, Chesson’s game is predicated around quickness. But he’s also a longer, leaner player and is prone to get bullied by more physical defenders in the secondary. Chesson is going to need to become much more effective playing through contact if he hopes to edge out his contemporaries for playing time.
Could Surprise: DL Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova
Kpassagnon is a high ceiling defender who still is learning how to play effectively along the line of scrimmage. Kpassagnon was one of the stars of the Senior Bowl with his freakish length and effective inside counter move; the Chiefs have done well to pair him with last year’s 2nd round selection Chris Jones and establish a pair of interior defensive ends that could grow to be a massive headache for offenses.
Kpassagnon isn’t a player I’m going to project much production to as a rookie but in three years this pick could end up being a home run selection.