The 2020 NFL Draft is just under two weeks away, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The Kansas City Chiefs will be the 27th team evaluated.
Last year Patrick Mahomes wowed the league throwing 50 Touchdowns and establishing himself among the league’s elite during his first full season in the league. Mahomes took home the league MVP and was a flip of a coin in overtime away from possibly winning the AFC Championship and going to the Super Bowl. This past season Mahomes regressed as far as stats go, but he still looked every bit of the quarterback he was last year. He was a major part of why the Chiefs had won the Super Bowl. This was their first Super Bowl in 50 years. After retaining 20 of their starters from last season the Chiefs will likely remain Super Bowl Contenders next season.
The Chiefs’ offense was among the league’s elite last season and they played that level this past year as well. Patrick Mahomes might have only thrown for 26 touchdowns last year, but he did miss two games and expecting him to repeat that kind of production two years in a row is ridiculous. Mahomes did have an above-average season statistically and solidified his status as one of the league’s best quarterbacks with his play this year. The offense added another threat at wide receiver drafting Mecole Hardman in the second round last year to add to Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. The Chiefs showed they had one of the deepest receiver groups in the league this past season. After Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins got hurt Mecole Hardman and DeMarcus Robinson seemingly took turns having great games until one than the other became healthy. Travis Kelce led the team in receiving with 1,229 yards solidifying his case for the best tight end in the league. The Chiefs felt confident with Damien Williams as their starting tailback coming into the season. Before week 1 they added LeSean McCoy after he had been cut by Buffalo. This was not a surprise given McCoy’s history with head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia. Due to injuries to Williams and McCoy neither were able to crack 500+ yards rushing.
Kansas City made some major changes on defense from last season. They let go of defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and replaced him with Steve Spagnuolo. This meant that they would be changing from a 3-4 to 4-3, which led to some major personnel changes. The Chiefs traded away Dee Ford and cut Justin Houston and replaced them by trading for Frank Clark and Emmanuel Ogbah and signing Alex Okafor. Clark, Ogbah and Okafor followed Chris Jones for the team lead in sacks finishing second, third and fourth in that order. The team also added Terrell Suggs to that rotation of edge rushers giving him his second Super Bowl win. The biggest change the Chiefs had on defense was letting go of Eric Berry and replacing him with Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu played safety/linebacker hybrid, but this is more of a changing of the guard. Berry had been the leader of that defense and team for a while and for him to get replaced with a player like Mathieu meant that the Chiefs really were trying to change their identity. The Chiefs’ defense played well this past season, but they had a bend but not break mentality. They never had great days but limited the amount of bad day days so that way Patrick Mahomes would give them a shot to win.
2020 NFL Draft Picks
First Round (one pick): No. 32
Second Round (one pick): No. 63
Third Round (one pick): No. 96
Fourth Round (one pick): No. 138
Fifth Round (one pick): No. 177
Sixth Round (zero picks):
Seventh Round (zero picks):
Cornerback- Re-signing Bashaud Breeland does not fix their need for a cornerback. They lost Kendall Fuller to the Washington Redskins and even if they didn’t, they still need an upgrade at cornerback.
Linebacker- Anthony Hitchens has been a disappointment since joining the team and the Chiefs don’t have two other high-end starters at the position either. They should bring in someone who can play now.
Running Back- Damien Williams played well during his time as a starter, but the Chiefs need to invest another high draft pick in a running back. Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing during his first two seasons in Kansas City. The Chiefs could get that kind of production again if they select another running back early.
Interior Offensive Line- With Cameron Irving and Stefan Wisniewski gone the Chiefs need to upgrade the interior of their offensive line, because the two guys they have listed as starters now can be upgraded in a huge way
Defensive Tackle- Chris Jones will be playing 2020 on the franchise tag, if they don’t come to an agreement for an extension the Chiefs could likely have a major need at defensive tackle next season. If the Chiefs see one they like they could look to address that need a year early.
Tight End- The Chiefs do not need a tight end, but they did attempt to sign Austin Hooper in free agency. If they fall in love with one of the top tight ends and he is there, they might pull the trigger to give Mahomes another big red zone target.
2020 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 63: Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple
Hennessy is listed as a center, but he could start at either guard position as well. The Chiefs could play him right away and try to fortify their offensive line that is protecting arguably the best player in all of football.
Pick No. 96: Zack Moss, RB, Utah
If the Chiefs got a runner like Zack Moss it would be an interesting fit. Moss is more of an old school power rusher. He isn’t what Andy Reid usually looks or in a running back but he could split carries with Damien Williams next season and be effective during goal-line situations.
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