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Mel Kiper's draft grades say Kansas City Chiefs defense got better

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The KC Star's Terez Paylor gave the Kansas City Chiefs a C+ on their draft and ESPN's Adam Teicher gave them a thumbs down on the draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper seems to be a little higher on the Chiefs 2015 draft picks than those two.

Kiper's draft grade for the Chiefs: B-.

Here's what Kiper says he took into account when making these grades:

• How much overall talent did a team add, based on board position?

• How effectively did they address key personnel voids?

• How efficient were they in maneuvering on the draft board?

And here's what he said about KC:

The Chiefs had Marcus Peters as the top cornerback in the draft, and I think that made it easy for them. Peters has had some issues, but if he plays to his potential, K.C. might have gotten one of the top overall players at any position. They had Mitch Morse graded well above where I did, but I think he'll compete to start at either guard or center, which adds to his value. They got a high-upside wide receiver with Chris Conley in Round 3, and then I really liked the late addition of Da'Ron Brown out of Northern Illinois. Steven Nelson adds more depth in the secondary, and Ramik Wilson helps with a clear need at linebacker.

This analysis sounds about right. The Peters pick is all about the potential involved. You'll put up with a lot for a great talent. The Morse pick felt a round too early to most others it seems. The Chiefs two receivers will have a shot to help them considering the cupboard is somewhat bare there.

We talk about the Chiefs' wide receivers not catching TD passes last year, but the front office was just as concerned with their defense's not catching interceptions, and that was a focus. I think the defense got better over the past three days.

I see several positions that got upgraded after this draft, including cornerback and (hopefully) inside linebacker. Those inside linebackers are probably more of a project but the Chiefs picked two of them so the chances are greater something will work out. The same goes for cornerback where the Chiefs selected two players (Peters and Nelson).

All of the Chiefs make sense from a needs standpoint but not everyone thinks it was an A draft. What do you think?

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