Chiefs Back Draft: Back to the neighborhood playground

Chris Jones. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden- USA TODAY Sports
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Keivarae Russell. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski- USA TODAY Sports
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Draft Notes

My first big disappointment was when the Cincinnati Bengals selected CB William Jackson III with the 24th pick.

Of course the big shock and disappointment was to watch as the Denver Broncos were able to leapfrog the Chiefs

As the second round began there were once again no surprises with    to the Cleveland Browns and Kevin Dodd to the Tennessee Titans but then the biggest surprise and most emotional moment to that point was when the Cowboys choose injured the risky Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame. I actually cried. My father always taught me to love the underdog and it’s hard to think of a prospect who was more of an underdog than Jaylon Smith. He may not play for a year… perhaps never again… but bless the Cowboys, they took him anyways.

The San Diego Chargers selected the best tight end in the draft Hunter Henry.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Myles Jack who was in a similar position to Jaylon Smith but I believe there’s a greater chance he will be able to play this season. Jack can be a transcendent player.

Next came the Chiefs with pick #37 which they used to draft defensive lineman Chris Jones.

Lance Zeirlien of NFL.com says of Chris Jones,

"“Ascending prospect whose production this season matched the flashes he showed on tape. Jones has the quickness off the snap to disrupt in the gaps and the strength to control the point of attack. With a body type and skill set to play all along the defensive line in both odd and even fronts, Jones has a chance to come off the board early and make his mark in the pros.”"

After the Chiefs drafted, one of my favorite players in this draft was taken by the Miami Dolphins: Xavien Howard. I waited it out until John Dorsey announced their 59th pick. And so, I waited. And waited.

Apparently I was going to have to wait some more because John Dorsey traded back again to get the 74th and the 105th picks.

With the 74th pick in the draft the Chiefs picked cornerback KeiVarae Russell from Notre Dame. Rob Rang at CBS Sports says of Russell,

"“… a well-developed, athletic frame, including broad shoulders, relatively long arms and a tapered waist. Possesses the raw athleticism to project well to the next level as a cover corner, showing light feet, balance and swivel hips to quickly change direction and run with receivers. Excellent hand-eye coordination to snake his hands between those of his opponent as the ball arrives, showing the wherewithal to break up passes even when receivers appear to have beaten him. Flashes the ability to make the incredible interception (USC), showing good vision to track the ball over his shoulder, as well as proper timing and body control to win contested passes.”"

Here’s list of my favorite day three prospects:

OG Christian Westerman, AZ St 6-3 1/8, 298, 5.17 (40 time)

C Evan Boehm, Missouri 6-2 1/8, 302, 5.33

OG Joe Dahl, Washington State 6-4 1/8, 304, 5.18

OG Spencer Drango, Baylor, 6-4 5/8, 315, 5.27

OG Connor McGovern, Missouri 6-4 1/4, 306, 5.11

S Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah 6-1 7/8, 217, 4.65

CB LeShaun Sims, S. Utah, 6-0, 181, 4.41

OT Willie Beavers, Western Michigan 6-4 1/2, 321, 5.28

DT Sheldon Day, Notre Dame 6-0 1/2, 293, 5.07
WR Kolby Listenbee, TCU 6-0, 197, 4.37
TE Temarrick Hemingway, S. Car. St. 6-4 7/8, 244, 4.71
OLB Dadi Nicolas, VA Tech, 6-2 7/8, 235, 4.74
S Jalen Mills, LSU 6-1, 191, 4.47 40

WR K.J. Maye, Minnesota 5-8, 194, 4.65 40

Today, the Chiefs will have the 7th and 8th picks so tune in early. Kansas City has 7 remaining picks including pick numbers: 105, 106, 126, 162, 165, 178 and 203.

The way this draft has worked out so far indicates that when John Dorsey was talking about the different levels in this draft, he also neglected to say he thought this whole draft class was strong. However, he did give a clue by saying that he thought there was going to be good value found in the undrafted free agents who don’t get drafted. That was the one piece of information we all seemed to ignore. I’ll have to listen more closely in coming years.

If I may… I’d like to unofficially christen the 2016 Kansas City draft as… The Back Draft.

What do you say Addict fans? Are you hanging in there with John Dorsey… or not?