The Kansas City Chiefs finally took a leap of faith by drafting quarterback Patrick Mahomes II in the first round on Friday. The move came with a hefty price, but it was worth it considering the Chiefs feel as though they’ve drafted their quarterback of the future. The draft picks that follow Mahomes will have a tough act to follow in terms of excitement level, but the organization addressed their needs and bolstered the depth chart. Let’s take a look at the two selections made on Saturday and what they bring to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Round 2, Pick #59: Tanoh Kpassagnon
The defensive end out of Villanova was selected late in the second round. It was important to address this position after the Chiefs released Jaye Howard and lost Dontari Poe to free agency.
Kpassagnon is quite the physical specimen at 6’6, 290 pounds. Although he didn’t play much football in high school, Kpassagnon possesses a lot of raw talent that could prove quite useful for special teams and on limited defensive snaps in his rookie season. He can play as a true defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, and his 4.83 40-yard dash time shows that he has the ability to shift to the outside edge when the Chiefs use a four-man front. In his 2016 season at Villanova, Kpassagnon recorded 21.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.
Draft Grade: C+
Round 3, Pick #86: Kareem Hunt
Perhaps the biggest need for the Chiefs with the most immediate impact is the running back position. With the release of Jamaal Charles and a lack of production from Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, Kareem Hunt is a good fit to share the workload in a featured-back system.
The Toledo Senior caught 41 passes last year and rushed for 1,475 yards last season, proving that he’s a versatile back that can fit well into Andy Reid’s West Coast system. Although he will likely not be the starter right out of training camp, Hunt can earn a lot of playing time with a strong showing in the preseason.
Draft Grade: B+