Niles Paul – Tight End
With the departure of Demetrius Harris this offseason to the Cleveland Browns, the Chiefs need a consistent No. 2 tight end. While Harris was not a very productive player for the Chiefs, that had more to do with his inconsistency than the team’s desire to utilize a second tight end. 12 personnel is something the team likes to run frequently, so they will either have to address this position in free agency or in the draft.
A possible option in free agency is Niles Paul. Paul hasn’t had a spectacular career, but he also played for the Washington Redskins and most recently the Jacksonville Jaguars. Undoubtedly, playing for the Chiefs would be a significant step up in terms of offensive system.
Either way, it’s not like he’d have to do much to replace the production of Harris, who had 12 catches for 164 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2018. The expectation would simply be that he would be a reliable blocker and pass catcher in 12 personnel, which the team likes to run a significant percentage of the time.
It’s also likely the Chiefs could attempt to add a tight end in this years draft. Paul would be a nice addition for camp to push competition and allow for that prospect to develop. He’d also likely be a very cheap option to add depth if the right player doesn’t fall to the Chiefs.