In the next three days, the Kansas City Chiefs will be drafting college football prospects to join the team and help them become the dynasty they are striving to be. But unfortunately, not every pick will be immediately popular.
Here are some of the worst draft takes I could find about current Chiefs players:
Chiefs fans are very familiar with the bad draft takes about their MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Coming out of college in 2017, he was a polarizing prospect — and his gunslinger style (combined with some unorthodox throws) had some strongly doubting him. Mysteriously, a lot of the tweets sent out after his draft selection have been deleted.
But there’s no deleting this one! USA Today’s Steven Ruiz gave the Chiefs a C- grade for their trade up to select quarterback Mahomes, which flirted with the idea that he wouldn’t even turn into an NFL starter.
“Calling Mahomes a project is a major understatement. He’s nowhere near ready to play in the NFL. And, honestly, he may never be. Between his inconsistent accuracy due to poor mechanics, his tendency to bail from clean pockets and his lack of field vision, he’s going to leave as many big plays on the field as he creates. This was a risky pick.”
I have to include a quote from an article by Paul Esden, Jr. from Elite Sports New York — one that compared Mahomes to an AFC West rival’s biggest draft bust.
Numbers, physical characteristics, “top-10 quarterback ability,” this guy seems like a slam dunk. Only he’s not. We’ve seen this song and dance before.
Jamarcus Russell is at the front of that list. 6-foot-6, 260 pounds of man. A guy who can literally throw the ball 100 yards, from end zone to end zone. But as we know, it’s more than just pure ability.
I’m not trying to label Mahomes as the biggest bust prospect the NFL has seen in its’ history, but he has that potential.
And of course, the Chiefs put out this video with a variety of interesting opinions on Mahomes.
“Nothing you see on his college tape translates to the NFL.”— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) April 22, 2020
Yeah, ok ⏰ pic.twitter.com/hubFuxWwYW
NFL.com’s draft profile of right tackle Mitchell Schwartz from the 2012 scouting combine:
“He may need to move inside because of the liability he could be outside at tackle.”
For the last four seasons. Schwartz has obviously become the exact opposite of a liability at right tackle. He just had one of the best postseason runs an offensive tackle has ever had, and is a multi-year All-Pro.
If you’re active on social media, you probably saw the Chiefs post this video of tight end Travis Kelce reading the scouting report from when he was a draft prospect.
That "potential one-year wonder" is the best tight end in the whole dang league pic.twitter.com/gVn1RFhhPp— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) April 18, 2020
When the Chiefs selected former Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, it could be argued it was one of the least-exciting number one selections ever. That year’s first round has turned out to be historically bad, but the Chiefs ended up making the right move by bringing in their eventual starter at left tackle on a championship team.
But not everyone felt it was going to end up well. This is from Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport:
“Some pundits, including Bleacher Report NFL lead writer Matt Miller, may feel that this is a pick that the Chiefs will live to regret, but in all honesty the team couldn’t go wrong either way.”
There were many reasons to be wary of Hill in the draft process, but his talent was still hard to question. Travis Wakeman of Bleacher Report did anyway, giving the Chiefs a D grade for their selection of Hill in the fifth round.
“How he’ll fit on the Chiefs roster remains to be seen, but the team had both Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West play well in the absence of Jamaal Charles last season. It seems it will be tough for Hill to crack the roster as anything more than a No. 4 running back or kick-return specialist.”
The 2019 Draft class
SB Nation and Yahoo both graded the Chiefs 2019 class as a C+. Yeah... it’s only been one year ago, but the class featured four players — wide receiver Mecole Hardman, safety Juan Thornhill, defensive tackle Khalen Saunders and cornerback Rashad Fenton — who played key roles for the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.
When the Chiefs make their selections this weekend, there will definitely be some strong opinions on the class. Some will turn out to be true. But some will be featured on the Twitter timeline of Freezing Cold Takes forever.