The draft has come and gone and the Kansas City Chiefs’ faithful will be asking many questions through next September about the fate of this team.
How many players from the draft will actually have an impact in 2016? What can we expect from guys taken in the second and third rounds? Did all the trades work out in the Chiefs favor?Today we’ll take a look at each pick and see where he fits best on this team and how he can make a positive impact next season to help the Chiefs win a championship.
Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
Jones is a confident and likable guy who shows tremendous power and speed on the field. So much can be said about what Jones could be in the NFL. Many are saying that he might be the second or third best overall player out of this draft if he finds consistency in his game. Jones tends to play to his competition and give up on plays away from his side of the field. That kind of game is obviously not going to fly as a member of the Chiefs.
Jones will be expected to hold down double-teams as defensive tackles in 3-4 schemes are asked to take space for outside rushers to clamp down on quarterbacks. This won’t leave him without opportunity to get his own QB pressures and his athleticism should allow him to shed blocks and put a hat on running backs as well.
Barring injury, Jones won’t be a starter ahead of Dontari Poe this season but in run situations he may line up right beside Poe on the inside. He will also take over some of DE Mike DeVito’s duties, spelling Allen Bailey and Jaye Howard. Jones’ length and speed will have him as depth for any of the three positions along the Chiefs’ front.
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