The Kansas City Chiefs traded two picks (No 86 and 122) to move up to the No. 75 overall pick for DT Derrick Nnadi out of Florida State. The Chiefs sent the No. 86 and 122 overall picks to the Baltimore Ravens to select Nnadi.
The Chiefs still have one more pick in the third round—No. 100.
Derrick Nnadi is a dominant two down run defender. He's not in my top 100, but if they want to stop the run, he's a great fit.— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) April 28, 2018
6’ | 315 lbs | Florida State
Projected Draft Range: late day two to early day three
Games watched: Florida 2016, Southern Mississippi, North Carolina State
Prospect grade (out of 100): 70.9
I would take him in the: fourth round
One sentence bio: Virginia native, Social Science major and Senior Bowl participant.
One sentence scouting report: Stout, dominant run defender who should immediately help on first and second down.
Reaction: This move is a clear indication that the Chiefs think they need to stop the run. Nnadi’s grade dropped for me because of poor athletic testing. He was a late third round grade on tape. For what he is, he’s a good player.
There is an obvious priority on the front seven, and Nnadi should be able to step in immediately on first and second down. He’s stout at the point of attack. He’s not getting moved. There’s value to that.
I don’t hate this pick. If the Chiefs believe they need help stopping the run, Nnadi is a huge help. Did I like the value elsewhere? Absolutely. But this shouldn’t take away from the fact that the Chiefs run defense got significantly better.
Chiefs 2018 draft picks
Round 2 (46) LB Breeland Speaks | Kent Swanson’s reaction: We made fun of the Raiders for trading back from 10 to 15 for pennies on the dollar. The Chiefs just significantly overpaid on the draft trade chart to move up for an athletic, but developmental interior defensive lineman. I’m not sure what scared the Chiefs into this decision. Maybe they were desperate to get rid of that third round selection that was scheduled to get free pizza for a year.
Round 3 (75) DT Derrick Nnadi
Round 3 (100) LB Dorian O’Daniel | Kent Swanson’s reaction: O’Daniel will likely profile as more of a box safety role for the Chiefs unless they are making significant schematic changes. O’Daniel flashes the ability to click and close on plays behind the line of scrimmage out in the slot. He’s probably better seeing everything in front of him, allowing him to get down hill.
Round 4 (124)
Round 6 (196)
Round 7 (233)
Round 7 (243)
Day 1: Round 1
When: Thursday April 26th at 8 p.m. Eastern
Time per pick: 10 minutes
TV channels: ESPN, FOX, & NFL Network
Day 2: Rounds 2 & 3
When: Friday April 27th at 7 p.m. Eastern
Time per pick: 7 minutes for round 2; 5 minutes for round 3
TV channels: ESPN 2, FOX, & NFL Network
Day 3: Rounds 4 through 7
When: Saturday April 28th at 12 p.m. Eastern
Time per pick: 5 minutes for rounds 4-6; 4 minutes for round 7
TV channels: ESPN, ABC, & NFL Network
Grade the Chiefs pick of DT Derrick Nnadi
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