How will the Chiefs use their picks in the 2017 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
The Chiefs capped another successful season with another disappointingly early playoff exit. How will they use their picks in the 2017 NFL draft? Our draft expert Chris Burke is breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Chiefs hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 10 (No. 10 overall, via trade with the Bills):
Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: How ‘bout that? As rumor had it all day long, the Chiefs swung for the fences, moving up a whopping 17 spots in Round 1 at the cost of picks 27, 91 and a 2018 first-rounder. But with Cleveland and Arizona lurking at picks 12 and 13, respectively, Kansas City had little choice if it wanted to guarantee itself Mahomes. The gunslinger from Texas Tech lands in a perfect situation, with a QB-friendly coach in Andy Reid, a veteran in Alex Smith to hold down the fort and an opportunity to take over the starting job soon. The rub: The Chiefs paid a huge price for a developmental quarterback, choosing Mahomes over Deshaun Watson. This is the type of move that can make or break a front office. GRADE: B+
Round 2, Pick 27 (No. 59)
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova: When Kpassagnon was walking through the halls at the combine, fans headed for the NFL Experience at the same building peeled off and just started watching him. At 6' 7", 289 pounds, he is a massive, freakish specimen. He’ll probably be a DE in the Chiefs’ 3-4 front; he can slide further outside and add pass rush, as well. Kansas City will have to coach him up, but the baseline is fascinating. Grade: B+
Round 3, Pick 22 (No. 86)
Karemm Hunt, RB, Toledo: You’ll likely hear a lot about Hunt being “underrated,” but … well, if everyone thinks that, is he really underrated? No matter the label, Hunt is a talented, almost Dalvin Cook-like back who can help on all three downs. The Chiefs traded up for this selection. Grade: A
Round 4, Pick 33 (No. 139) Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan
Round 5, Pick 40 (No. 183) Ukeme Eligwe, LB, Georgia Southern
Round 6, Pick 35 (No. 218) Leon McQuay III, S, USC