NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently completed a conference call with the media to preview this year’s NFL Draft. NFL Network begins its first-round coverage featuring Jeremiah next Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Arrowhead Time.
During the call, the former Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens scout was asked to look back upon the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2017 NFL Draft class, which was of course highlighted by the trade-up and selection of Patrick Mahomes.
Chiefs draft class of 2017
First round (10): QB Patrick Mahomes
Second round (59): DE Tanoh Kpassagnon
Third round (86): RB Kareem Hunt
Fourth round (139): WR Jehu Chesson
Fifth round (183): ILB Ukeme Eligwe
Sixth round (218): S Leon McQuay III
“What I remember more than anything else is, dang, I was way off and way too low on Patrick Mahomes,” recalled Jeremiah. “More than anything else, that was my biggest takeaway from that. I’d like to have a do-over on that one. Look, the goal every year, the teams I worked with was like three to four starters. Your goal was to get three to four starters out of every draft. So if you look back three years after the fact, those guys need to be starting football players.”
With defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon signing with the New Orleans Saints this offseason, only one player — Mahomes — remains on the club in 2021.
“Some of those, like they gambled on some upside there with Kpassagnon,” added Jeremiah. “The Kareem Hunt situation, that was unique. He’s a really talented football player who’s playing really well for the Cleveland Browns. But Kpassagnon which is kind of an upside pick, and then after that now you’re talking about picks 139 and beyond where that’s a crapshoot.
“They went all in to go get Mahomes, and that draft will be viewed as probably the best draft in Chiefs’ history.”
Mahomes may be the only player remaining on the Chiefs — but given all that the quarterback has accomplished in just three seasons as a starter, Jeremiah is right.
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