Kansas City Chiefs rookie profile: Chris Conley

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When the Kansas City Chiefs selected Chris Conley in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft there wasn’t a person alive on the planet that was surprised Kansas City drafted a wide receiver. In anything, people were surprised that the Chiefs didn’t draft one sooner.

Despite having a major need at the position last offseason, Kansas City passed on drafting a wideout in the 2014 draft, despite it being one of the strongest receiver classes in decades. What followed was the now infamous “no wide receiver touchdowns” season which lead most draft prognosticators to forecast the Chiefs taking a wide receiver early in the 2015 draft. After passing on the position yet again in the first two rounds, Kansas City gave up a sixth round pick in order to move up a few spots and land Conley with the twelfth pick of the third round (number 76 overall).

This is the second in a series of rookie profile posts. If you missed the first one on cornerback Steven Nelson, you can find it HERE. Like the Nelson profile, this post will focus on Chris Conley’s consensus strengths, weaknesses, and some personal observations (and gifs) from watching Conley’s game film.

However, instead of waiting until the end of the post for game film examples I will sprinkle them in during the strengths and weaknesses so you can see them on tape for yourself as you are reading. For the consensus strengths and weaknesses I will quote from the sources listed below. Three of them are draft guides that I highly recommend for those that are interested in that kind of thing.


Chris Conley’s NFL.com Draft Profile by Lance Zierlein

Dane Brugler’s (of CBS Sports) 2015 Draft Guide

Mike Loyko’s (of nepatriotsdraft.com) 2015 Draft Guide

Optimum Scouting’s 2015 Draft Guide

Let’s begin with Chris Conley’s strengths….

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