Investing in running backs has been counterproductive but the Chiefs are in a unique position. Here is why Jonathan Taylor could help the team run it back.
It doesn’t matter whether your team is drafting first overall, or whether they don’t have a draft pick until the second or third round, the draft makes or breaks teams.
After winning the Super Bowl, the Chiefs find themselves with the last pick in the first round. This pick offers them some flexibility. It is possible that the Chiefs trade back into the second round and continue their streak of not picking in the first round. The Chiefs could address any number of positions. There is very little possibility that the Chiefs draft a quarterback, kicker, or punter early in the draft but virtually every other position could be drafted.
With that in mind, running backs are not a “top” need for the Chiefs and picking one at 32 might be unwise. Receiving the last pick in the first round allows you to receive a fifth-year option, which is why it is a hot pick for teams looking for a developmental project at quarterback. Although round one should not be where the Chiefs target a running back, Jonathan Taylor is one running back that the Chiefs could look at in the second or third round.
There are very few running backs that could contribute and make as big of an impact in year one than Jonathan Taylor. The Chiefs would be foolish not to at least consider the impact a player of his caliber would have on an already potent offense. Based on Brett Veach’s history, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the Chiefs take a running back in the first round.
In Philadelphia, Brett Veach “pounded the table” for LeSean McCoy, which implies that he may not be above taking a talented running back at the top of the draft. If there is any running back that Veach could be pounding the table for in this draft, it would be Jonathan Taylor.