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Mel Kiper's NFL Draft grades for Dee Ford and KC Chiefs 2014 draft picks

ESPN's Mel Kiper offers his 2014 NFL Draft grades for the Kansas City Chiefs and their six draft picks -- 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.

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Most Kansas City Chiefs fans seem pleased or at least content with the team's 2014 NFL draft picks. The Chiefs picked up six players, including mid-round picks De'Anthony Thomas and Aaron Murray, with their six picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

I say most Chiefs fans seem pleased because more than 70 percent of the voters in our Chiefs draft grades poll gave them an A or B. The final results were 17 percent vote A, 54 percent vote B, 23 percent vote C, four percent D and two percent F.

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Oddly, I find myself liking the Chiefs day three picks than the first and second day. More on that later.

ESPN's Kiper gave the Chiefs a B-. He said that Chiefs first round pick Dee Ford will ultimately be someone who the Chiefs will want to step in at outside linebacker for Tamba Hali, as we've been talking about.

Kiper wonders if the Chiefs could have traded back, picked up additional picks and still gotten a pass rusher. Many mock drafts had Ford as an early second round pick so I do think that's a valid question. GM John Dorsey said after that pick that they were talking to 5-6 teams about a trade while coach Andy Reid also said there were trade calls, probably about the guy picked in front of them, Johnny Manziel.

A few of Kiper's thoughts on the Chiefs other picks:

  • 3rd round CB Phillip Gaines: "really good athlete they can develop"
  • 4th round RB De'Anthony Thomas: "offers potential free points on special teams"
  • 6th round OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: "sleeper"

He didn't mention Aaron Murray, which was a surprise to me. That has the potential to be the Chiefs best pick in this draft. But right now it's just that -- potential.

Kiper's question mark with the Chiefs was not picking up a safety or receiver, something many Chiefs fans would agree with him on. The Chiefs are banking on Donnie Avery, AJ Jenkins and others in-house to step up at receiver while they hope for the same from Husain Abdullah and Sanders Commings at safety.