Winners and losers from Kansas City Chiefs 2014 NFL Draft picks

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Who came out as a winner or a loser after the Kansas City Chiefs selected six players in the 2014 NFL Draft? Those six picks are Auburn LB Dee Ford in the first round, Rice CB Phillip Gaines in the third round, Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas in the fourth round, Georgia QB Aaron Murray in the fifth round, Tennessee G Zach Fulton and McGill OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round.


Chiefs receivers

This must have been a fun offseason for Avery with every Chiefs fan under the sun calling for the team to draft a receiver in the first round. That likely would have affected Avery. But the Chiefs decided not to do that. Not only did they not draft a first round receiver, they didn't draft a receiver at all. That's pending word from the Chiefs on where Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas, the Chiefs fourth round pick, will line up this season.

It's not just Avery who comes out a winner here. AJ Jenkins, Junior Hemingway, Kyle Williams and Weston Dressler are all winners, too. They will all have a better shot at making the roster without a drafted one coming in.

Husain Abdullah and Sanders Commings

Besides not drafting a receiver, the other big question mark was the Chiefs not drafting a safety, which many people saw as a need. For now, that leaves Abdullah and Commings, among others, battling for that safety spot. Their roster spots look secure.

Chiefs salary cap

I say this because the Chiefs first two picks -- Auburn LB Dee Ford and Rice CB Phillip Gaines -- look like they could potentially replace established starters in 2015 or beyond. Those starters -- LB Tamba Hali and CB Brandon Flowers -- are due a lot of money. If Ford and Gaines can effectively replace them down the line, then the Chiefs traded out a couple of $10+ million contracts for two much smaller contracts. This is all contingent on Ford and Gaines turning out to be good players ... which we can't say for sure will happen.


Brandon Flowers

Flowers is likely going to be a Chief in 2014. They would be a worse team without him. But the selection of CB Phillip Gaines in the third round sets up a scenario where the Chiefs will have the personnel to potentially move on from Flowers after the 2014 season.

Tyler Bray

Though readers might disagree, Bray looks like he could be the odd man out in the quarterback competition. Alex Smith and Aaron Murray are close to locks to make the team. That leaves Chase Daniel, the No. 2, and Tyler Bray, the No. 3, competing for a spot -- if the Chiefs keep three quarterbacks.

The fans

The NFL Draft got huge TV ratings which means the NFL is probably going to keep it in May. Most fans don't seem to like the NFL Draft in May so those fans are probably going to lose when they bring it back in May next year. Also losing in this scenario would be me, considering a good friend of mine is getting married next year on May 9. I really hope that's not draft weekend.

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