The Kansas City Chiefs traded up for the fourth time in the 2017 NFL Draft and selected Michigan WR Jehu Chesson. They gave up a fifth round pick to move up to the Vikings spot.
Vikings receive: No. 170 overall (fifth round), No. 180 overall (fifth round)
Chiefs receive: No. 139 overall (WR Jehu Chesson)
SB Nation’s Michigan blog Maize n’ Brew says Chesson was Michigan’s best player in 2015 but had a down year in 2016 for a few reasons.
The Chiefs could use depth at just about every position at this point in the draft. These are all developmental players, including Chesson. The Chiefs drafted WR Demarcus Robinson last year.
Maize n’ Brew writes:
At 6-3 and 205 lbs., he has the size of a pro. And while his ability to gain separation in the secondary is in question, his 4.47 40-time proves he can run with the NFL pack.
Most impressive is Chesson’s catch radius. Though not the strongest receiver, he can get in the air (35.5-inch vertical) to twist and battle his way to a catch. The guy simply has a gift for bringing down balls thrown into a crowd. And for NFL scouts, there’s no replacement for a sure-handed receiver willing to sacrifice his body for the ball.
Chesson also blocks with a doggedness that coaches eat up. As it’s unlikely he’ll be the No. 1 target when he’s on the field, his ability to downfield block can only help his stock on draft day.
Chiefs 2017 draft picks
1 (10) QB Patrick Mahomes
2 (59) DE Tanoh Kpassagnon
3 (86) RB Kareem Hunt
4 (139) WR Jehu Chesson
*Chiefs gave up a fourth and a seventh in the Kareem Hunt trade, traded a sixth round pick to the Patriots and gained a fifth round pick from New England
NFL Draft weekend schedule
NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 will televise the draft.
Saturday, April 29
11 a.m. CT (Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
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