Instant analysis: Chiefs draft 2016

The Chiefs entered the 2016 NFL draft with obvious needs at corner, offensive line, wide receiver and linebacker. After trading their first round pick to San Francisco, they were able to provide much needed depth and stability to an already solid roster.

 

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2nd Round Pick Chris Jones (DT, Mississippi State)

Jones left school after his junior year and, according to many, could have been a likely first round pick in 2017. Jones possesses solid core strength and a quick first step and will be a great rotational player to have in 2016, and provides a viable option for the future should Dontari Poe go elsewhere in 2017.


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3rd Round Pick KeiVarae Russell (CB, Notre Dame)

Russell is the athletic corner that the Chiefs desperately needed after losing Sean Smith to free agency. Could find himself playing opposite of Marcus Peters sooner rather than later if he develops quickly. The Chiefs had an obvious need at this position and GM John Dorsey was able to use a second round pick to get back into the third round after losing it earlier this year due to tampering.


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4th Round Pick Parker Ehinger (G, Cincinnati)

The Chiefs finally seem to be learning from their past mistakes of taking lineman far too early in the draft. Ehinger looks like a perfect fit for this offensive line and his size and versatility could make him a valuable asset for the Chiefs as they continue to build a solid line unit.


 

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Eric Murray (CB, Minnesota)

The choice of Eric Murray shows, not only how much the Chiefs value this position, but also how thin the position was before the draft. Murray is not exactly a ball hawk (only 2 career interceptions) but is good in press-coverage and could be a solid nickel for this team down the road. He is also good in run support as he notched four tackles for loss last year at Minnesota.


 

Demarcus4th Round Pick Demarcus Robinson (WR, Florida)

Robinson’s issue has always been staying out of trouble at Florida. He was suspended on multiple occasions but did lead the Gators in receiving his final two years in Gainesville. The Chiefs definitely need more skilled weapons and Robinson could provide a spark to an offense that has been dink-and-dunk since Alex Smith arrived in 2013.


 

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5th Round Pick Kevin Hogan (QB, Stanford)

The Chiefs lost backup quarterback Chase Daniel to free agency and with Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray still very uncertain, it was a good move for the Chiefs to look to the draft to find another QB. Hogan is the winningest quarterback in Stanford history with solid mobility and an accurate NFL arm.


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5th Round Pick Tyreek Hill (WR West Alabama)

Definitely a head-scratcher for the Chiefs. Hill certainly possesses electrifying speed and play-making ability but was dismissed from Oklahoma State for choking his pregnant girlfriend before landing at West Alabama. Sometimes you have to reach on a player in order to get better, but this does not seem worth it.


 

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6th Round Pick DJ White (CB, Georgia Tech)

Ok so this is the third corner the Chiefs have taken in the 2016 draft. Obviously just hoping beyond hope one of these guys sticks. If the Chiefs applied this strategy to the QB position, can you imagine the possibilities?


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6th Round Pick Dadi Nicolas (LB, Virginia Tech)

The Chiefs have question marks at linebacker with Justin Houston’s knee injury still looming. Would like to have seen them go after someone a little earlier in the draft, but Nicolas has a lot of speed coming off the edge although may lack fundamental strength to be an every down pass rusher.

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