The Kansas City Chiefs made their first selection on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft by taking linebacker Willie Gay.
With their first pick on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have addressed their need at linebacker by selecting Willie Gay out of Mississippi State.
The selection of Gay gives the Chiefs an excellent athletic player to plug into the second level of the defense, perhaps the biggest area of need on the team’s roster. Gay is a 6’1, 243 lb. prospect who has versatility at several linebacker spots and special teams play as well.
Gay brings sideline-to-sideline speed to the Chiefs roster and he should be a developmental prospect who will need coaching and experience to bring that natural skill set to the field. That said, the Chiefs have raised the ceiling considerably at linebacker and Gay projects as a future starter at multiple spots at linebacker depending on how the Chiefs want to employ him on the field.
Unfortunately, he only played in five games this past year after serving a suspension for several games due to an unspecified violation of team rules. He also got into a fight with a teammate, quarterback Garrett Schrader. That said, reports during the NFL broadcast said teams felt comfortable after interviewing Gay about his character.
The Kansas City Chiefs added some offensive muscle in Round 1 with the selection of running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire at No. 32 overall. The running back out of LSU is a perfect fit for Andy Reid’s offense and should make an already dangerous offense even more so.
The Chiefs now have three picks left in the draft’s remaining five rounds, including another pick in the third round on Friday night at No. 96 overall.