In our final preview of the AFC West draft status, we look at the Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2017 NFL season with the AFC West division crown. They then gave up a 21-3 lead to the Tennessee Titans and were bounced out of the first round of the playoffs. This prompted the Chiefs to make some interesting off-season changes.
Gone is starting quarterback Alex Smith. He will be replaced by second year quarterback Pat Mahomes. In a surprising move the Chiefs traded shutdown cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams and a 2018 6th round pick for the Rams 2018 4th round pick. They also released long time linebacker Tamba Hali and cornerback Darrelle Revis.
As far as acquisitions go, the Chiefs signed former Raiders corner David Amerson, and picked up defensive tackle Xavier Williams. Linebacker Anthony Hitches was signed, along with running back Damien Williams. The biggest was wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins signed a three year $48 Million deal that drove up the market for wideouts league wide.
Chiefs 2018 Draft Order
The Chiefs have been busy in the draft in recent years, and their draft order reflects that. They have eight picks in the 2018 NFL draft, but none in the first round. Their first pick is number 54 overall in the second round. They have two third round picks (78,86) and two in the fourth round picks (122,124). The Chiefs have no fifth rounder, one in the 6th (196), and two more in the seventh (233,243).
The jury is still out on Mahomes. Until we find out what he is capable of at the NFL level, the loss of Alex Smith will be significant. Additionally, the loss of Peters will hurt. Amerson, as Raiders fans know, is not the answer. Add to that that the Chiefs don’t pick until 54th in the draft. In a division that has Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, and now Case Keenum, the Chiefs are at a serious disadvantage in their secondary.
All this adds up to a team that will probably end up in third place in the division struggling to reach .500.