The Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the second round of the 2018 NFL Daft to select Ole Miss defensive end Breeland Speaks. I call him a defensive end but apparently he will be playing outside linebacker in Kansas City. This according to Andy Reid who spoke to the media after the pick.
#Chiefs coach Andy Reid just said Breeland Speaks will play at outside linebacker and then slide inside in passing situations.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) April 28, 2018
The Chiefs first pick came in the second round because they traded away their first rounder last year for Patrick Mahomes (ever heard of him). The Chiefs needed pass rusher help -- the No. 1 need on my list of Chiefs needs -- and this fills that need. I don’t know how much he can help in year one but I like the idea of a pass rusher.
Check out the reaction from his group when he was picked:
Let’s get to some reactions to the pick ....
Breeland Speaks just told me that he wasn't surprised that it was the #Chiefs who drafted him, said it was one of his best visits.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) April 28, 2018
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. says Ole Miss DE Breeland Speaks is "the most underrated defensive player" in the 2018 NFL Draft.— Chris Hudgison (@ChrisHudgison) April 20, 2018
Hear more from Kiper plus see highlights of the Callaway alum below.https://t.co/4YRl7Wxd7H @OleMissFB #HottyToddy pic.twitter.com/ofNgCXP1xt
Whoa. OK, OK, Brett Veach. I'm willing to talk about this one. pic.twitter.com/i5zywAppqu— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) April 28, 2018
According to @pff, Breeland Speaks ranked fifth in pass rushing productivity out of all the interior defensive line prospects in 2017.— Chiefs Central (@ChiefsCentral) April 28, 2018
Breeland Speaks is the steal of the draft. Can't believe 31 teams passed on him— Chiefs_All_Day (@Chiefs_All_Day) April 28, 2018
Breeland Speaks fills a need, but is largely underwhelming. We shall see how it plays out— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) April 28, 2018
I'm watching Breeland Speaks against Miss St. and am quite... whelmed so far.— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) April 28, 2018