Yes, it’s a little to early to re-draft the 2018 NFL Draft.
However, after Monday’s episode of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory, when we discussed how many selections from that draft class are at risk of not making the roster, we decided to do a re-draft of the class on the Wednesday episode.
Here is what I went with — and yes, we are using the beautiful gift of hindsight.
(Note: The only rule we had is that we could only take the players in between the Chiefs’ next pick. So for pick 46 we could only select the players taken between 46 and 75.)
46. WR D.J. Chark
Another strong candidate here is Fred Warner (who Matt and Craig both went with), but if I’m going to start banging the drum for the Chiefs taking offense early and often every year, I’m kicking it off here. Warner made this conviction rather difficult to adhere to, especially since I had him in the top 50 in my draft rankings, but Chark is no slouch either. The wide receiver is coming off a breakout sophomore year that saw him surpass 1,000 receiving yards with shaky quarterback play. Chark would fit in nicely as a vertical threat that has the ability to develop into much more as a receiver — including a chance to play some at the X spot.
75. DT Derrick Nnadi
He can stay. There aren’t many players I’d argue for outside of Nnadi.
100. RB Nyheim Hines
Hines was tailor-made to play in Kansas City. He has plus ability out of the backfield in the passing game and home-run hitting ability in the run game. He has more receiving yards in his career than rushing yards. The Chiefs could utilize him in a more efficient De’Anthony Thomas role, although he provides much more than he ever did. Hines also had two punt-return touchdowns this past season on special teams. Frank Reich is looking to increase his role in 2020, and Philip Rivers is the guy to do it.
124. CB Tre Flowers
The Seattle Seahawks took a college safety and moved him outside to play in their press-heavy scheme, and Flower thrived. Steve Spagnuolo has catered his defense to allow Charvarius Ward to press at the line of scrimmage a lot. Why not add a 6-foot-3, 203-pound corner into the mix as well? Flowers has 30 regular-season starts under his belt and finished his sophomore campaign with three interceptions and eight passes defended, two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 82 tackles. He could fit in nicely in Spagnuolo’s defense.
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