The Kansas City Chiefs continue to be disrespected following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft.
After it was revealed the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIII odds went down Tuesday, NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison released his post-draft power rankings, where the Chiefs landed in the bottom half of the league, on Wednesday.
The Chiefs are a strange team to evaluate for 2018. Kansas City fortified many of its leaks in both free agency and the draft. With Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and now Sammy Watkins in town, the offense is more loaded than it was for most of Alex Smith’s Chiefs run. The question mark is Smith’s successor, Patrick Mahomes, who, for all intents and purposes, is a redshirt freshman. Andy Reid and staff saw him every day in practice. They must think he’s ready. The departure of ex-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy could hurt, though. The key to this draft: Whether DT Breeland Speaks (Round 2, No. 46) and NT Derrick Nnadi (Round 3, No. 75) are worth the price the organization paid to get them. Remember, the Chiefs already surrendered a hefty sum to snag Mahomes in last year’s draft. Fourth-rounder Armani Watts (No. 124) might start at safety this year.
Not to hate on Harrison (but to hate on Harrison), but were the price tags on Speaks and Nnadi all that much? They moved up twice but still were able to draft six prospects they felt good about.
It is becoming more and more apparent by the day that those outside of Kansas City aren’t respecting this year’s version of the Chiefs, which will arguably boast the league’s best skill-position trio in Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins.
I’m not saying with a first-year quarterback and many new faces on defense that I expected the Chiefs to be ranked in the top five, or even the top 10, but the bottom half of the league feels far too low for a team that’s been to the playoffs four out of the last five seasons.