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Runninig back D’Andre Swift takes on linebacker Patrick Queen in the final vote to determine the fan favorite for the 32nd pick of the NFL Draft.

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This is it!

It’s the absolute finale of April Madness. We have weeded 32 total prospects down to the final two. Here’s is your last chance to vote for the player you’d like to see the Kansas City Chiefs draft with pick 32 in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Remember: no thought process is right or wrong. Vote for the player you’d rather have, the one you like more or the one you think the Chiefs will take; it’s up to you.

Here’s the bracket:

Recap

In the Final Four, running back D’Andre Swift took on Cesar Ruiz — and after falling behind for the first half of the voting period, came on strong at the end to win by a mere 34 votes.

Along the way, Swift has defeated prospects at positions of higher need and positional value — and even another running back with a better pedigree. It’s safe to say Chiefs fans have saddled up with this underdog, helping will him to the unthinkable: winning April Madness as the lowest seed in the tournament.

Meanwhile, linebacker Patrick Queen took on Jeff Gladney — the last remaining cornerback — and once again won big.

Outside of his Elite Eight matchup with fellow linebacker Kenneth Murray, Queen has dominated every single round. Given he was the tournament’s second-highest seed, this shouldn’t come as much of a shock. But let’s remember that all prospects with first-round grades were left out of the tournament; Queen only made the field of 32 based on some early-season grading during his first couple of starts.

So for the championship, it’s David and Goliath: the single lowest seed against the number two overall seed.

RB D’Andre Swift (Georgia) vs. LB Patrick Queen (LSU)

Among draft writers, Swift is the one most commonly chosen as the top back in the 2020 class — and it’s easy to see why. His ability to play on all three downs — adding a dynamic threat as a runner and receiver — are hard to ignore.

For the Chiefs, he could earn the starting running back job early — which could really allow the offense to open it up even more. (Yeah... you read that correctly). No longer would the playbook be limited by which back is on the field. Want to run outside zone? No problem. Inside zone? Swift’s got you. Duos, counters, speed options... Swift can run all of them effectively. And he provides quality pass protection — along with some of the best natural hands in the class.

Running backs may not have the biggest impact on winning football games — but with Swift, the Chiefs could have have every option available on every down. That would be a fun twist the Chiefs haven’t had since Kareem Hunt — or maybe even Jamaal Charles — wore the red and gold.

Queen is the weak side linebacker the Chiefs simply don’t have on the roster — one who could cover many of the holes we saw in 2019.

His sideline-to-sideline range would help shut down outside runs from both the play side and back side of formations. His ability to quickly diagnose runs and beat blockers to their spot allow him to play not only with range but behind the line of scrimmage, too. In coverage, there isn’t a huge sample size — but when he has been in man coverage, he’s shown a great understanding of zone coverage and the ability to run vertically with running backs and tight ends.

Queen checks off every single box for the Chiefs — and is only 20 years old.

Poll

Who would you like the Chiefs to take at pick 32 in the 2020 NFL Draft?

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    Patrick Queen
    (1286 votes)
  • 22%
    D’Andre Swift
    (368 votes)
1654 votes total Vote Now

That’s it.

Voting closes Thursday at 6 p.m. Arrowhead Time — and April Madness will be complete. Then we can sit back, relax and (virtually) watch what promises to be one of the wildest NFL Drafts we’ll ever see.


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