Kansas City Chiefs: B

The 2016 NFL Draft was all about value for the Chiefs. They traded out of the first round and still got a high-end, starting-caliber defensive lineman in Chris Jones of Mississippi State. He's raw but incredibly gifted physically. Russell is potentially a starter for the Chiefs at some point. Had he not missed so much time in college due to academics and injury, he may not have been around in the third round. Ehinger is a big body blocker who can play tackle or guard. He's a good system fit, but it was a surprise to see him get picked before Connor McGovern of Missouri. Robinson has the skills to be a good wide out, but he was suspended multiple times in college. This isn't a knock, but Kevin Hogan can be a great backup for the Chiefs. Pass rusher Dadi Nicholas is a player who could get stashed on the practice squad, but his athleticism and length is incredible.

—Dan Kadar, SB Nation


Chris Jones

DT, Mississippi State

Jones will be in the rotation along the defensive line with Poe, Howard and Allen Bailey. He may not be a star right away because of the talent on the roster but the Chiefs will have him next to some talented players. He can also play in multiple spots along the line which is important because the Chiefs may not be sure where exactly they want him yet.


KeiVarae Russell

CB, Notre Dame

NFL Network's Mike Mayock said that he was a corner at Notre Dame but some teams have viewed him as a safety. The Chiefs could use help at either spot after losing CB Sean Smith and S Tyvon Branch and S Husain Abdullah. This fills a need for the Chiefs who drafted CB Steven Nelson in the third round last year.


Parker Ehinger

G, Cincinnati

This was prime time for the Chiefs to get a guard. The Chiefs lost Jeff Allen and Ben Grubbs so a guard was one of their top needs. I don't know much about Ehinger and whether he can play right away but this is a good spot for him to potentially play early.


Eric Murray

CB, Minnesota

It's clear that the Chiefs needed more secondary depth. Russell could end up being a starter on the outside. Parker, meanwhile, is listed at 5'11 and 199 pounds so I wonder what his role will be in the NFL. The Chiefs play five and six defensive backs often so he could have a shot to play.


Demarcus Robinson

WR, Florida

The Chiefs probably needed to draft a receiver in this draft. Some of us thought this would come earlier, like the second or fourth round. However, the Chiefs must like some of the receivers they already have because they've waited until their third fourth round pick to make it.


Kevin Hogan

QB, Stanford

So the Chiefs now get Hogan, who went to Stanford. He will be the fourth quarterback behind Alex Smith, Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray. The Chiefs will probably only carry three quarterbacks so we'll have a competition for that final spot.


Tyreek Hill

WR, West Alabama

Hill said that he visited Kansas City before the draft. Our OSU blog, Cowboys Ride For Free, was surprised that Hill was drafted based on his past. However, he says he's the most electrifying player he's seen since Dez Bryant.


D.J. White

CB, Georgia Tech

As our pal CitadelChief noted, the Chiefs had a need at corner and they missed out on the top ones and so they can throw numbers at the position. This is the third corner the Chiefs have drafted behind Notre Dame CB KeiVarae Russell in the third round and Minnesota CB Eric Murray in the fourth.


Dadi Lhomme Nicolas

LB, Virginia Tech

With Justin Houston potentially missing time and Tamba Hali getting up there in age, the Chiefs need to have something cooking at the back of the roster when it comes to the pass rush. Nicolas won't play right away but the Chiefs hope he can turn into something. The ESPN analysts said he was a perfect fit for a 3-4 outside linebacker.