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NFL Draft: Chiefs’ draft picks medical notes

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A brief recap on Chiefs draft picks from over the weekend from a medical perspective.

Author’s note: Understand that this is not intended to be comprehensive, as college medical information is much more difficult to find in the public domain. This is what is out there and likely incomplete.


Georgia WR Mecole Hardman (Round 2, No. 56 overall)

  • Nothing of significance I could find here—likely that team is getting a reasonably healthy player

Virginia S Juan Thornhill (Round 2, No. 63 overall)

  • Missed one game in 2017 with a “lower extremity injury”
  • Played in nearly every game in college
  • Overall, seems to be very healthy coming to NFL

Western Illinois DL Khalen Saunders (Round 3, No. 84 overall)

  • Found no injury history on this athlete
  • Appears he played every game in college

South Carolina CB Rashad Fenton (Round 6, No. 188 overall)

  • Apparently had a groin injury in bowl game this past season that limited him from playing in second half. This looks to have been either been resolved completely on its own or from surgical intervention due to fact that athlete reportedly performed well at combine and pro day
  • No other injury of significance found

Utah State RB Darwin Thompson (Round 6, No. 214 overall)

  • Appears that he played in every game in 2018 in some capacity
  • Found no injury history of significance

Illinois OL Nick Allegretti (Round 7, No. 216 overall)

  • 36 straight starts to end his career
  • Didn’t see a missed game in college

What stands out the most is that this is an extremely healthy draft class, upon first look.

This doesn’t account for all the bumps and bruises that occur during a football season, but to just see all those starts and games played is remarkable for a collection of players.

The Chiefs clearly placed availability as a trait they focused on in this draft class.