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Marino | Kansas City Chiefs draft class reaction

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Marino | Kansas City Chiefs draft class reaction

Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs 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:

Selection Position Player School
10 QB Patrick Mahomes Texas Tech
59 5T Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova
86 RB Kareem Hunt Toledo
139 WR Jehu Chesson Michigan
183 LB Ukeme Eligwe Georgia Southern
218 S Leon McQuay Southern California

Best Value:  RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo

Kareem Hunt enters the NFL after a collegiate career that placed him third on the MAC’s all-time rushing leaders list. A natural, one-cut runner, Hunt presses the line of scrimmage with precise timing and balance.

Combining vision with power, Hunt also maximizes his carries and fights for extra yards. He is smooth cutting off blocks and anticipates spacing.

His adequate skills as a receiver and pass blocker make him a three-down option. For his size, he is more shifty than expected and is refined in stringing together moves. Hunt has starter traits after putting everything together in his senior season in college.

Worst Value:  QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech

Mahomes is an exciting arm talent with the outstanding ability to utilize his legs and extend plays while keeping his eyes downfield to make throws. He makes highlight reel plays with his escapability and proficiency throwing on the run.

Despite playing in a spread offense, Mahomes is adept at working through his progressions and making sound decisions.

Where Mahomes fails is with his footwork, as he has no consistency. His drops do not resemble anything he will do in the NFL and he fails to build consistent platforms to throw.

Additionally, he has no regularity in transferring his weight, leading to a disunion between his upper and lower half when throwing. There is a skill set to work with here that represents a high ceiling, but the floor is very low. Boom-or-bust prospect.

I can appreciate the Chiefs willingness to take a chance on Mahomes but 10th overall was too rich for me, especially considering what they gave up.

Could Surprise:  DL Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova

Tanoh Kpassagnon entered Villanova as a no-star recruit and leaves as a potential NFL defensive lineman.

Kpassagnon is a ball of clay that is oozing with talent. His length, quickness, and pass rush moves are good building blocks that will serve him well in his development. Refining his hand technique is going to be the make or break element of his game that will dictate his future success.

When he lands his strike and uses his hands, he’s lethal–but it’s inconsistent. His frame and length suggest that his best fit is at 5-technique and he has the potential to become an impact starter in time.

Joe Marino

Joe Marino is the Assistant Director of NDT Scouting and co-host of the Draft Dudes Podcast. Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011.

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