With the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft coming to a close, the Kansas City Chiefs are wrapping up a draft class that may be the best in recent history. With four picks on Saturday, the Chiefs started off the day drafting electric running back De’Anthony Thomas from Oregon, then continued with quarterback Aaron Murray from Georgia, offensive guard Zach Fulton from Tennessee, and concluded the draft with offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
How they fit in
De’Anthony Thomas is a player I completely overlooked, and almost forgot about to be honest. I labeled him as he is labeled as a running back. Dexter McCluster was also drafted as a running back but was productive in many areas. Thomas is a perfect replacement for him and will be an exciting player to watch on special teams and in the pass game for the Chiefs.
When I heard it announced that the Chiefs drafted Aaron Murray in the 5th round, I was absolutely ecstatic. Murray is a quarterback that could have been the first overall quarterback in the 2013 draft but chose to return to school and eventually ended up ending his season with a torn ACL. For the Chiefs to get Murray in the 5th round of this year’s draft is incredible. Although he will not be a started right away, Murray will have time to sit behind Alex Smith and learn the offense and eventually become a very good passer in this league for years to come.
Zach Fulton is a 6-foot-5, 316 pound guard that will add much needed depth to the Chiefs offensive line. Playing in the SEC, Fulton will have much needed experience against pass rushers that he will most likely be facing at the next level in the NFL. Although not a high draft pick, Fulton should get a chance right away to prove his worth with the Chiefs and show his abilities protecting the passer.
Another pick that will add depth to the Chiefs offensive line is 6th round choice Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. He has quick feet, good technique, and uses his leverage to his advantage as a steady blocker. I read he added a bit of weight working in the weight room, so hopefully this shows his strong work ethic and dedication to become a better player and contribute to the success of the Chiefs.
With four picks in the final day of the draft and six picks total, the Kansas City Chiefs filled a lot of holes that were left after free agency. The team seems to be shaping up quite nicely and it should be a fun couple of months to see how the rest of the roster shapes up heading into training camp.
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