On the Monday mailbag edition of the Arrowhead Pride Laboratory podcast, we were asked about players who will likely be available at pick 207 that we would want to see the Kansas City Chiefs take. Here are the three we identified.
Running back Kene Nwangwu, Iowa State
In his Cyclones career, Nwangwu has always played a complementary role to starting running backs David Montgomery and Breece Hall — but in limited sample size, he has put some ability on tape. Nwangwu is the prototypical height, weight, speed running back prospect who plays to his athletic profile, showing good burst and long speed. He is a high-effort player who should be a quality special teamer — be it in the return game where his imposing presence and long speed can be put on display, or as a blocker and tackler. Running back isn’t a need, but getting a special-teams contributor with promise on offense at pick 207 is good value.
Linebacker Isaiah McDuffie, Boston College
Smart, versatile, high football character players are good investments for the bottom of any roster. McDuffie isn’t the biggest linebacker — and doesn’t have the ability to fill out his frame much more — but he’s a cerebral player who could fit a specific need as a dime linebacker in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense: potentially replacing Ben Niemann. He’s smart enough to earn the trust of the coaching staff and has more athleticism and coverage ability than a player like Niemann.
Running back Jake Funk, Maryland
Funk was recruited by some schools to play linebacker — and it shows in his ability as a special-teams player. He was a playmaker in the hidden third — and at pick 207, that’s all you can ask for when you’re trying to get a player who can make the roster. You don’t bet (or hope) for contributions from a late pick, but Funk’s special-teams ability could get him on the 53-man roster.
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