On the Wednesday episode of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, we did a deep dive into the wide receiver position. We looked at the 2019 performance for the position and discussed free agent and draft targets that make sense for the Chiefs.
Every week, we’ll go position by position leading up to NFL Draft weekend. There is a lot in flux at wide receiver with decisions such as what to do with Sammy Watkins looming.
Here are who we think are the best fits in free agency and the draft:
Free Agency: Dez Bryant
If you had asked me when the initial idea of Bryant to the Chiefs emerged, I would have said no.
It didn’t seem like a great idea to bring him in from a locker room culture perspective. However, you’ve seen the mutual respect between Patrick Mahomes and Bryant on social media — and it makes me think that perhaps it wouldn’t be a problem.
The reason Bryant is our best fit is because of his price tag.
The Chiefs have more significant issues to address with the cap space they do have, and it could be reduced further if they can get something done with Chris Jones. Signing Bryant would be low-cost, with no risk involved in bringing him on to the 90-man roster. He joined the Saints in 2018 before tearing his Achilles the first week back and was forced to sit out last season. It’s unknown if he’ll be able to provide much of anything, but the Chiefs probably shouldn’t be in the business of spending much in free agency at wide receiver in the first place. If the Chiefs move on from Sammy Watkins, Bryant could provide value as a physical X receiver who can get off the line of scrimmage and win in contested-catch situations.
That will be his value moving forward, and the Chiefs could use that skill set in their offensive unit.
For as little as it would take to acquire Bryant’s services, this seems like a worthy flyer. It makes sense for both sides — Bryant could revitalize his career with the best player in football, and the Chiefs would stand to benefit if he has anything left in the tank. If not, I’d let those on the roster and any draft picks fight for an opportunity.
Draft: Denzel Mims, Baylor
Mims might have tested his way out of a draftable range for the Chiefs at the combine with his excellent performance in Indianapolis. It would not shock me to see him selected in the top 40 after separating himself from most of the pack. Because of that, it could be pick 32 or bust if the Chiefs want his services.
Mims is the perfect fit for the Chiefs in the draft because he can play as a big, physical X while having the ability to line up at other spots on the field. The Chiefs covet versatility and ask their receivers to learn more than just one position. They currently don’t have a receiver that will win at the catch point (they do have a tight end that can) the way Mims has shown. His intriguing athletic profile shows dynamic ability after the catch and that he’ll continue to develop as a route runner. Pairing an athletic, big-bodied receiver with Mahomes would certainly be an intriguing idea.
The value at pick 63 would be ideal, but it’s now up in the air if he’ll be around in that range. The Chiefs likely need to invest elsewhere in the first round, but if he’s around at their turn in the second round, Mims needs to be in the conversation.
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