NFL free agency has passed, and the Kansas City Chiefs were quiet, bringing back some of their own while adding two role players: special teams ace Antonio Hamilton and swing offensive lineman Mike Remmers. Kansas City still has needs to address — and apparently, that is where the NFL Draft will come into play.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his fourth mock draft of the offseason — with two picks for the Chiefs.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
MCSHAY: Swift is the No. 13 prospect on my board, but there just weren’t many spots in Round 1 to slot him, so the Chiefs are able to add him all the way back at No. 32. While the defensive back woes for the Super Bowl champions are overwhelming — I pondered LSU’s Grant Delpit or one of the corners still out there — this pick becomes too easy. Damien Williams was effective in 2019, but he is due to be a free agent next spring, and the explosive Swift paired with Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce is terrifying for opponents.
McShay’s point about Williams being a free agent next year is less a concern for me than his injury history. As we saw during the last two playoff runs, head coach Andy Reid can get the most out of Williams — that is, when he is on the field.
With LeSean McCoy headed elsewhere, would the Chiefs feel OK with only Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson behind him to start the season?
Probably not. But Andy Reid’s track record of succeeding with mid-round running backs makes me think the Chiefs go in the direction of a more pressing need here — whether that is selecting a player they like at a position of need or trading back to acquire more than the five picks they currently have.
63. Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
MCSHAY: The Chiefs are down Kendall Fuller, Morris Claiborne and Bashaud Breeland (though Claiborne and Breeland are still unsigned and might return). Igbinoghene is a solid press corner and an effective tackler, and he comes at a pretty good value here.
Now this pick is more like it. Even though Igbinoghene is undersized for a defensive back at 5 feet 10, the Chiefs have the perfect mentor for the to-be rookie: Tyrann Mathieu, who has already shown an affinity for being short and one of the better defensive backs in the league. Igbinoghene is a receiver-turned-cornerback (2018), and there is one major bullet on his résumé that relates him to the Chiefs — he is a former track athlete with kick-return experience.