After a promising end to the season for the running back’s position group, the Chiefs have added multiple players to the mix in both Free Agency and the Draft.
Below is a list of the most promising prospects for this unit. Likely roles is merely a way-too-early prediction of what this unit will look like heading into camp, and could look completely different once the season starts.
There are several intriguing players to watch on this list both in camp and the preseason. Personally, I think that Damien Williams has shown a penchant for dynamic ability that will make it difficult for any of these players to challenge him for the starting role. Not only does he provide a solid rushing threat, but he has unique speed and short-area quickness that allowed him to be extremely effective in the passing game at the end of the season. I think this is his most valuable characteristic and the one that will keep him on the field.
Aside from Williams, the signing Carlos Hyde to a one-year deal is an intriguing move. Hyde has struggled to achieve consistency in his playing career, due in large part to major injuries, but has shown flashes from time to time of the dynamic ability that he showcased often at Ohio State. In college, he was an absolute beast and Reid has shown a knack to get the most out of players. I expect his ability to see a boost in the Chiefs’ offense in 2019.
Finally, probably the most intriguing prospect to watch in 2019 will be the Chiefs’ sixth-round draft choice Darwin Thompson. Sixth round picks are generally developmental players, but it is also common for them not to make the team. I don’t think this will be the case with Thompson.
Thompson came from mid-major program Utah State, so he didn’t have a lot of fanfare entering the draft. What’s more, he only spent one year in division one, having transferred in from from the junior college ranks. But, Thompson had a pretty impressive season with the Aggies, which is likely why he caught the Chiefs’ eye.
In 153 attempts, Thompson rushed for 1,104 yards for a ridiculous average of 6.82 yards per carry and 12 scores. He added to that in the passing game by catching 23 passes for 351 yards for an average of 15.26 yards per catch, and two touchdown catches. He’s been called the most elusive back in the 2019 class, with a penchant for the passing game. Interestingly, he also didn’t fumble the ball one time for the Aggies. Sound familiar?
For those who might think he’s too small, watch this video. Now, it’s unlikely Thompson will see heavy use early, but he has all of the tools necessary to be a starting back in the NFL. He’s definitely an exciting prospect and someone to watch headed into 2019.