The Kansas City Chiefs concluded the 2014 NFL Draft with six total picks. Without making any trades during the draft, the Chiefs maximized their picks and had a very successful draft filling holes left from free agency and drafting players that can have an immediate impact helping the Chiefs compete for a second straight playoff berth.
The two standout picks of the draft were Dee Ford and Aaron Murray who I projected to Chiefs to pick at some point. Both players could be part of the Chiefs long-term future and have the ability to turn into regular household names on Sundays.
Dee Ford, DE – 6-2, 244 pounds – Auburn
It is critical in the NFL to draft according to need for your division. As long as Peyton Manning is in the AFC West, a strong pass rush is a must in order to get him off his timing. With the combination of Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, and now Dee Ford, the Chiefs pass rush should be near the top in the league.
Phillip Gaines, CB- 6-0, 193 pounds – Rice
Cornerback was a position of need on the roster, and by drafting Gaines this need will hopefully be met. Although Gaines was not a top cornerback in the draft, he has the potential to be a long-term starter with the Chiefs with his physical style of play.
De’Anthony Thomas, RB- 5-8, 174 pounds – Oregon
Thomas is an electrifying running back that can help the Chiefs is a variety of ways including on special teams. With the loss of Dexter McCluster, Thomas will have the opportunity to fill his position and possibly even give the Chiefs an upgrade once he develops.
Aaron Murray, QB- 6-0, 207 pounds – Georgia
For how late Murray was drafted, this pick is great. Murray was a four year starter at Georgia and brings a lot of experience from his playing days in the SEC against the country’s best defenses. Murray will have the chance to sit behind Alex Smith and better learn the position and potentially become the future for the Chiefs organization.
Zach Fulton, OG- 6-4, 316 pounds – Tennessee
Zach Fulton also has a lot of NFL-like experience playing in the SEC. Fulton will have the opportunity to compete for a job on the Chiefs offensive line and could be a good asset to the Chiefs down the road.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT- 6-5, 321 pounds – McGill
I’m not sure many people know who he is, or where his school is for that matter, but that does not take away from his ability to protect the passer. Duvernay-Tardif is big, strong, and athletic and uses good technique in order to help form a steady pocket for the passer. He and Fulton both provide much needed depth for the Chiefs offensive line.
Overall grade: B+
This years draft class for the Chiefs has a lot of talent in it and a lot of potential talent that could benefit the team for years to come. Many of the teams needs that needed to be addressed during the draft were met and I believe General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid should be very happy with such a productive weekend early in the 2014 season.
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