Kansas City Chiefs 2017 draft class largely remains a mystery

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Patrick Mahomes II
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With another draft class en route, the Kansas City Chiefs class of 2017 largely remains a mystery.

We knew some things ahead of time. We knew that some rookies would sit for a while due to the talent already on the roster. We also knew others—as raw, developmental prospects—wouldn’t be ready for quite some time. But taken as a whole, the Kansas City Chiefs draft class from last year largely remains a mystery—even as the team prepares to select and introduce an entirely new haul.

Go ahead and take a minute. Think about the last time the Chiefs or any other team for that matter has ever known so little about their own future. If you come up with an answer, let us know, because we’re left wondering ourselves.

John Dorsey parlayed 10 total picks in the 2017 NFL Draft into six actual draftees. He traded up three times to get players he wanted in the first four rounds. On paper it was considered a good thing that the Chiefs were focused on quality over quantity considering there simply wasn’t enough roster slots for an entire rookie class.

Consider this: if Spencer Ware had stayed healthy, we might not really know anything about anyone from the 2017 draft class. We have a few glimpses of Patrick Mahomes’ arm strength. We saw Jehu Chesson or Ukeme Eligwe show up on special teams coverage from time to time. We watched Tanoh Kpassagnon earn some garbage time reps. We might have even watched Kareem Hunt effectively spell Ware throughout the season.

In short, the class remains a mystery. Let’s take a quick look back at what we know about last year’s rookies and what they might add in 2018.