With the 76th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Georgia WR Chris Conley.
THE CHIEFS FINALLY DRAFT A RECEIVER!!!!
So proud to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom!!!!!— Chris Conley (@_Flight_31) May 2, 2015
This is the first receiver drafted in the John Dorsey and Andy Reid regime. No Chiefs receiver caught a touchdown last year so this position was clearly of interest.
The Chiefs were set to select at No. 80 but traded up to the 76th pick to select. The Chiefs gave up their third round pick (80) and sixth round pick (193) for the Vikings pick (76).
Conley was a Combine monster. He was a top performer in the 40-yard dash (4.35), bench press, vertical jump and broad jump. His NFL.com profile reads:
Tall receiver who showed off blazing speed and explosiveness in the combine. Conley displays a natural feel for the position and has hand strength and body control to make tough, contested catches. Lacked gaudy numbers in run-heavy Georgia offense, but his productivity per catch will certainly be noticed by NFL teams. Issues with catching the ball consistently at the combine raised some eyebrows.
SB Nation's Georgia blog, Dawg Sports, had really good things to say about him here.
Where do I even begin? You have been a symbol of everything the University of Georgia stands for from the moment you stepped on campus: class, dignity, hard work, service and commitment. We often throw around the slogan "Commit to the G." Well, Chris, I can't think of many people who have committed to the G in more ways than you. You have represented our alma mater in ways that only a select few can do, and I thank you for that.
The Chiefs were willing to trade up to draft him so that speaks to how much they like him (or how likely it was another team was going to draft him).
This is the Chiefs third pick in the 2015 draft after selecting Washington CB Marcus Peters in the first round and Missouri OL Mitch Morse in the second round.
What to know about the Chiefs draft (so far)
Chiefs remaining picks
Round 1 (18) No. 18 overall (Washington CB Marcus Peters)
Round 2: (17) No. 49 overall (Missouri OL Mitch Morse)
Round 3: (16) No. 76 overall (Georgia WR Chris Conley)
Round 3: (34) No. 98 overall (Compensatory)
Round 4: (19) No. 118 overall
Round 5: (36) No. 172 overall (Compensatory)
Round 5: (37) No. 173 overall (Compensatory)
Round 6: (17) No. 193 overall (traded to Vikings)
Round 6: (42) No. 217 overall (Compensatory)
Round 7: (16) No. 233 overall
*Note that Chiefs comp picks can not be traded.
2015 NFL Draft schedule
Friday, May 1 - 6 p.m. CT (Round 2 - 7 Minutes, Round 3 - 5 Minutes Per Pick)
Saturday, May 2 - 11 a.m. CT (Rounds 4-6 - 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
TV: NFL Network and ESPN / ESPN2
Streaming online: NFL.com