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Mississippi Rebels defensive lineman Breeland Speaks speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
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2018 NFL Draft rankings: Bears, Cowboys, Cardinals top the list |

Rank: 29 - CHIEFS: B-

» Round 2: (No. 46 overall) Breeland Speaks, DT, Mississippi.

» Round 3: (75) Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State; (100) Dorian O'Daniel, LB, Clemson.

» Round 4: (124) Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M

» Round 6: (196) Tremon Smith, CB, Central Arkansas; (198) Kahlil McKenzie, DT, Tennessee.

Speaks is a quality football player, but many deemed his selection too high. Then again, if he's your guy, go get him, right? Speaks should provide an edge presence in the absence of departed veteran Tamba Hali. Kansas City then fortified its front four by going with a defensive tackle in Nnadi to compete with restricted free-agent signing Xavier Williams. The Chiefs grabbed an experienced college player in four-year starter Watts for the secondary, but they waited until the sixth round to select a cornerback, after the franchise traded away Marcus Peters. An all-defense draft isn't bad for a team that needed replenishing on that side of the ball, but the players chosen will leave much of this analysis up for a re-grade a year or two from now.

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Chiefs’ Kahlil McKenzie begins transition from DT to OL | The Kansas City Star

After the final bell sounded, he often traveled to his father’s offices at the Green Bay Packers and then the Oakland Raiders headquarters, wanting to spend his afternoons in an NFL environment. He grew to have favorite players, such as wide receiver Donald Driver and cornerback Al Harris. He learned the lingo of the game, observed their work ethics and examined the intricate details that helped those guys stick in the league for years.

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27. Kansas City Chiefs

Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia: The Chiefs have been shifting around their cornerback room in recent months and could stand to invest in the position through the draft.

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QB Pat Mahomes, RB Kareem Hunt, WR Tyreek Hill

The Chiefs had 1,000-yard weapons all over the field in 2017: Hunt led the NFL in rushing yards (1,327) as a rookie. Hill was No. 7 in receiving yards (1,183) as a second-year pro. And Travis Kelce was No. 2 among tight ends with 1,038 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches.

The problem is the Chiefs traded quarterback Alex Smith off one of the best years of his career in order to roll with second-year pro Mahomes, who made one meaningless start as a rookie.

Mahomes has a cannon arm, but he is the most unproven quarterback on this list. The Chiefs only make it because of Hill and Hunt and their continued upside.

Donte Watkins fulfilling dreams with Chiefs tryout |

“It gives you a little more fuel. Growing up, watching the Chiefs, going to games and seeing the tradition they have here,” Watkins said. “When you wanna be apart of that, it gives you that much more drive.”

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