The Kansas City Chiefs have only had two picks in the first three rounds of the draft, but after day two, so far so good. In the third round with the 87th overall pick, the Chiefs selected cornerback Phillip Gaines from Rice. Gaines is a solid pick for the Chiefs at this point in the draft. Cornerback was a high priority for the Chiefs coming into the draft, and getting a quality cornerback, the second fastest in the draft, is a good pick for this team.
How he fits in
Gaines is a developing defensive back with a strong upside. At 6 feet tall and 192 pounds, Gaines will most likely be the first in line to start opposite side Brandon Flowers in 2014. With long arms and a physical style of play, Gaines looks to have a bright future at helping stop the offensive threats in the AFC West
First three rounds
With only two picks in the first three rounds, the Chiefs were only able to do so much. I would have liked to see the Chiefs trade back in the draft to acquire an extra pick in order to stock pile talent in the first two days. I do believe, however, the Chiefs addressed needs that needed to be attended too. With the defense suffering in the second half of the season last year, the Chiefs drafted Dee Ford in the first round to help provide a stronger pass rush and then drafted Phillip Gaines to make plays in the secondary.
Although I would have liked to see a wide receiver be drafted for the Chiefs, perhaps they do not see it as big of a need as most may think.
The front office of the Chiefs needs to act quickly if they plan on acquiring strong wide receiver prospect Martavis Bryant out of Clemson. Bryant played in the shadows of, now former teammate, Sammy Watkins at Clemson and a lot of people do not realize the talent he possesses. Bryant could be a huge asset to the Chiefs opposite side Dwayne Bowe and a viable offensive threat for quarterback Alex Smith to throw to.
Aaron Murray, quarterback from Georgia, is also still available. This does not surprise me, as it shouldn’t due to where he is on most people’s draft boards, but with his ACL injury last season, Murray is being overlooked and will be a solid starter in the league for a team someday.
So far I am happy with what the Chiefs have done with their first two picks of the 2014 draft. Defense was obviously a concern when the offense scored 44 points in their playoff game in January and still managed to lose. It will be interesting to see the direction General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid go with their picks tomorrow, and should hopefully get fans in Kansas City excited about a second consecutive playoff berth in 2014.
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