Kansas City Chiefs 2018 NFL Draft recap: They drafted who?
Round 6 – Pick 196 – Tremon Smith – CB – Central Arkansas
My reaction: Wait, I know that guy too! He’s that really fast small school corner that made a ton of plays. Unfortunately, that’s about all I know about Smith at this point since there just isn’t much tape on him. People that have watched him seem to like his upside so I’ll take it. We FINALLY get some cornerback help. My only worry is that he’ll be too raw to really contribute this season and I feel like we’ll need help THIS season. Still, for a sixth round pick they couldn’t have done much better.
Round 6 – Pick 198 – Reginald Mckenzie – DT/OG – Tennessee
My reaction: Whoa, the Chiefs traded up and are picking again? Another defensive lineman? Wow, they really wanted to stock up on the defense I guess. Wait a minute. Did they announce him as a guard? Nothing in his scouting reports said anything about him playing guard. What is going on?
I’ll give the Chiefs this. The guy looks like a guard. I’m certainly no expert at assessing a college defensive tackle’s ability to transition to the offensive line in the NFL so time will tell. If this works out and Mckenzie someday becomes a good starting NFL guard for us, then Brett Veach and his scouting department deserve a raise. My only disappointment, not with Mckenzie but with this draft class, is that the Chiefs didn’t draft someone that can compete for the starting left guard spot from day one this year.
So there you have it, my instant draft reactions to all of the Chiefs picks. There were two main takeaways I had from this Chiefs draft class as a whole.
1. Brett Veach decided as soon as the Chiefs lost to the Titans that the defense needed an overhaul. Mission accomplished. I don’t know if the overhaul will lead to drastically better results in 2018 but Veach certainly wasn’t content to sit on his laurels and just hope for different results this season. The Chiefs added some attitude, strength, and speed to a unit that sorely needed it. I just hope our cornerbacks are up to the task.
2. No matter how hard I try to prepare for the NFL draft there is just no way I can know enough to really know how the Chiefs did immediately after the draft. Ultimately, for this and every draft class, time will tell when they get a chance to prove it on the field. Now, will that insight keep me from studying prospects like crazy next year and sharing my findings here at Arrowhead Addict? No, no it will not. I still love the NFL draft, even when the Chiefs draft guys that weren’t on my radar.
So what were your thoughts Chiefs fans? Happy with the draft? Disappointed in the draft? Willing to take a level headed wait and see approach? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
As always, thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!!!!