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NFL Draft grades: How we rate the Kansas City Chiefs 2016 draft picks

2016 NFL Draft grades are coming...

The Kansas City Chiefs traded down twice and ended up drafting NINE new players. Welcome to the new Chiefs!

I imagine not every one of these players will be making the 53-man roster. The Chiefs roster is deep these days so it's no longer a given that every pick makes the roster. The early ones will be contributors though and the late ones will be competing.

The Chiefs top needs entering the draft were defensive line and corner and they hit on both of those with their first two picks in DT Chris Jones and CB KeiVarae Russell. The Chiefs also found their quarterback in Stanford's Kevin Hogan while they took a controversial pick in West Alabama's Tyreek Hill.

We collected grades on all the Chiefs picks as voted on by our readers. Here's how everyone grades the Chiefs draft picks. Click on the link to see our post on each player, along with all of the reader comments.

2nd round: DT Chris Jones (37)

I'm starting to like him after reading MNChiefssfan's piece on him. These big guys are hard to find so you have to invest resources to get them. I'm fine with this one as he'll represent insurance for whatever happens down the road with Dontari Poe who is entering the final year of his deal. This pick fits the Dorsey model.


3rd round: CB KeiVarae Russell (74)

The Chiefs got back into the third despite Goodell stealing theirs. He started a lot of games in three years but missed one year due to academic improprieties. The good thing? No academics in the NFL. He has the size the Chiefs like and it sounds like they'll keep him at cornerback. Could he start opposite Marcus Peters?

4th round: G Parker Ehinger (105)

You can always use these linemen that can play tackle and guard, which is most Chiefs linemen. This guy reminds me of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and he was a sixth round pick a couple years ago. So I'm not sure what to make of this pick but he's entering a team with no clear starting guards.

4th round: CB Eric Murray (106)

Maybe he has some safety qualities too. I wonder where the Chiefs will put him but as long as he can get on the field that's fine. The Chiefs play plenty with five or more defensive backs on the field. Murray likes to press and sounds like a tough player.

4th round: WR Demarcus Robinson (126)

He was Florida's leading receiver the past two seasons. He was also suspended multiple times but the Chiefs had good things to say about his personality. He's not a diva, they say. He's a decent athlete who will have to beat out a few players to get on the field.

5th round: QB Kevin Hogan (162)

The QB! It was reported that the Chiefs tried to move up for Paxton Lynch in round one and the Chiefs say they want to draft a quarterback every year so we were looking for one. The read on Hogan is that he was the winningest quarterback in Stanford history, which means he is better than Andrew Luck ... right? For real though, he's a backup.

5th round: WR Tyreek Hill (165)

Controversial pick. He's an electrifying player but he also plead out on allegations that he choked his pregnant girlfriend. Yeah ... this one needs to be explained.

6th round: CB DJ White (178)

The Chiefs have drafted three corners. Throwing numbers at the position.

6th round: LB Dadi Nicolas

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