It's still too early to grade the Kansas City Chiefs 2014 NFL Draft class but Mel Kiper is doing it anyway. Kiper gave the Chiefs a B after the 2014 NFL Draft last May, and in his re-grading of that draft class he gives the Chiefs a C+. I would argue the grade remains incomplete because the first round pick, LB Dee Ford, hasn't really done anything but that's not necessarily his fault.
Ford came in behind two starters in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. We knew going into the season that the Chiefs best case scenario last season would be to have Houston and Hali staying healthy and playing a lot, which would leave few snaps for Ford. The question with Ford is what he'll do in year two. It's a weird situation because I think most of us want Hali back but that would necessarily mean less snaps for Ford. And it's a tough sell to leave your first round pick on the bench again.
The second round pick remains QB Alex Smith. As Kiper says in his write-up, you're probably not winning 20 games over two years without the second round picks you gave up for Smith.
Third round pick CB Phillip Gaines was a nice surprise in the second half of the season. I remember stating before the season that his rookie year ceiling was the fourth or fifth cornerback. By the end of the season he was competing for a starting job. If you can find a starting corner in the third round, it's a solid pick.
Fourth round pick RB De'Anthony Thomas has been a fun addition, especially because Andy Reid has a good idea on how to use him. The Chiefs really never figured out how to use Dexter McCluster. And DAT was a fourth round pick, not a second round pick like DAT so expectations are different. This was a good pick.
Fifth round pick QB Aaron Murray and sixth round pick G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif are both incompletes. Neither played in their rookie year. Murray is trying to make the team at this point with Smith and Chase Daniel clearly ahead of him. Meanwhile, LDT says he wants to compete for a starting job next year.
Sixth round pick G Zach Fulton started all 16 games. That he started is great for a sixth round pick. But how well did he do? The Chiefs need more competition on the offensive line so I wouldn't necessarily chalk Fulton up to a 2015 starter right now.
Chiefs 2014 draft class
1. LB Dee Ford
2. QB Alex Smith (trade)
3. CB Phillip Gaines
4. RB De'Anthony Thomas
5. QB Aaron Murray
6. G Zach Fulton
7. G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif