Chiefs: Draft picks that can win Rookie of the Year because of Patrick Mahomes
3. Terrace Marshall, Jr. – LSU
Terrace Marshall may not be on the board at No. 31 but if he is, it’s a no-brainer to take the former LSU football star. Marshall caught 13 touchdowns on 46 catches for 672 yards when the Tigers won the national title and he had Joe Burrow throwing him the ball. He was the No. 3 receiver behind Chase and Justin Jefferson, who is the best comp for Marshall. In 2020, Marshall added 10 more touchdowns on 48 receptions for 731 yards. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder would be a great fit with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson.
After releasing both starting tackles in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz this offseason, the Chiefs need to bolster their offensive line. Cosmi is battle-tested, athletic, and has experience playing at both left and right tackle. He’s a plug-and-play starter.
31 Kansas City Chiefs
Penn State · Edge
The Chiefs didn’t consistently generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks last season. Placing Oweh alongside Frank Clark and Chris Jones will help.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
The Chiefs’ outside pass protection is still a bit of a disaster, even if Mike Remmers and Andrew Wylie got too much of the blame from their Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay. Still, the Chiefs need offensive line talent in the pipeline and Eichenberg, who didn’t allow a single sack of quarterback Ian Book last year, fits the bill nicely.
- Thirty-seven of Kansas City’s 61 sixth-round draft picks went on to appear in a game for the Chiefs, combining to play in a total of 909 total contests.
- Fenton appeared in all 16 games (3 starts) for the Chiefs in 2020, tallying 35 tackles, seven passes defensed and an interception. Thompson played in 14 games and tallied 162 yards of offense with two touchdowns.
- Ten of the Chiefs’ 11 sixth-round picks since 2014 have appeared in at least one game for Kansas City. The most productive player in that group has been offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who has started 57 games in his five years with the Chiefs.
4. Derrick Johnson, LB
2005 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 15 overall (Texas)
Team(s): K.C. Chiefs (2005-2017), Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2018)
If you played offense in the NFL when Johnson was in uniform, he likely autographed yours for you, but not with a pen. Johnson was a force to contend with at the linebacker position, able to pursue, cover and hit with the power of three men. Before the Chiefs became the new-age “Chiiiieeeeffffssss,” it was Johnson anchoring the defense (and franchise), and his greatness was hinted at before he stepped foot in the league. The former Longhorn racked up a list of awards at Texas, including the Dick Butkus Award (2004), the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (2004), Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2004), two Consensus All-American nods (2003, 2004) and three First-Team All-Big 12 honors. As a pro, he finished his career with four Pro Bowl honors and two All-Pro awards, driven by his overall phenomenal play and eerie ability to create turnovers. Johnson left the NFL with 22 forced fumbles and 27.5 sacks, along with 14 interceptions and 1,171 combined tackles. His final year with the rival Raiders did nothing to change his legacy in Kansas City, or within the NFL as a whole.
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The Arizona Cardinals added much-needed depth in the backfield on Tuesday when they agreed to terms on a one-year contract with former Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner.
Conner, 25, will be paired with Chase Edmonds to form the Cardinals’ 2021 backfield. It’s expected that they’ll share reps and responsibilities in coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense that asks running backs to be both rushers and receivers.
Most receiving yards (NFL playoff history)
Jerry Rice — 2,245
Julian Edelman — 1,442
Michael Irvin — 1,315
Cliff Branch — 1,289
Rob Gronkowski — 1,273
These numbers are the first ones we’ll point to when making the case for Edelman in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but let’s put this into perspective. Rice played 29 postseason games and averaged 77.41 receiving yards per game while Edelman played 19 postseason games and averaged 75.89 receiving yards per game — a pretty close average to that of the greatest wide receiver ever.
Arizona Cardinals · WR · Age 32
I argued for years that Green was en route to the Hall of Fame. The man eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in six of his first seven pro campaigns. The last two years derailed that conversation, though, starting when Green injured his ankle practicing with the team at the University of Dayton. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported at the time that the field conditions were considered ”subpar,” a sentiment other Bengals receivers echoed. The injury ended up costing the wide receiver the entire 2019 campaign, and his relationship with Cincy seemed to sour. It was like he caught the Bengals flu. I think that ailment would’ve subsided if he’d been moved before last year’s trade deadline, as was widely speculated, but he wasn’t.
In March, though, Arizona signed Green on a one-year, prove-it deal, and I think he’ll do just that: prove it. He’s going to love life in the desert, with Kliff Kingsbury calling the plays and Kyler Murray throwing him the football. At age 32, he still has plenty to offer in an Air Raid attack. Time to get back on track to Canton!
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The Chiefs were another team interested in the 29-year-old running back, who was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Bernard spent 2013-2020 with the Bengals, accumulating more than 3,600 rushing yards and 2,800 receiving yards during that span.
Bernard has 33 total touchdowns in his career and had been regarded as Cincinnati’s best long-time pass protector. The Bengals granted Bernard his release last week.
The interest makes some sense, given some of the Chiefs’ signings over the past few years, including Carlos Hyde and LeSean McCoy (2019) and Le’Veon Bell (2020). What the three backs have in common are vast game experience — and an ability to put up numbers as both a rusher and receiver.
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Stability work. Equally as important as being strong while bending over to pick up my Poms is working on my vertical stability and strength for when I get my own Tackle Eligible touchdown pass! pic.twitter.com/MiTHuZIpHZ— Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71) April 13, 2021
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