Because of projected compensatory picks, the Kansas City Chiefs should have a couple more mid-round picks to utilize in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The one downside for the Kansas City Chiefs in this year’s draft was watching them complete their original set of picks after the selection of defensive end Mike Danna in Round 5. The 2020 NFL Draft was an especially deep class, yet the Chiefs had already traded away their sixth and seventh round picks (for Darron Lee and Jordan Lucas, respectively).
Next year, however, the Chiefs should have a few more picks to utilize as general manager Brett Veach pleases. The 2021 NFL Draft has yet to form, so it’s hard to get a good idea of the talent level, but the Chiefs should have much more fun in the mid-section of the draft due to incoming compensatory picks—or at least what they are projected to get.
Let’s assume that Veach does not sign any veteran unrestricted free agent between now and Monday at 4:00 p.m. E.T. If that holds true, the fine folks at Over the Cap are projecting the Chiefs will be rewarded with two compensatory selections in 2021.
First, the Chiefs are expected to land a fourth round pick to compensate for the loss of defensive back Kendall Fuller, who signed a four-year big money deal with the Washington Redskins in free agency. Second, the Chiefs are being rewarded with a fifth round pick for the loss of pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah to the Miami Dolphins.
The Chiefs will enjoy the additional selections, to be sure, even if they’re just used as tradable assets to move around the draft.
Here’s a full look at the selections projected to be used by the Chiefs. Note: Veach has already traded away the team’s sixth round pick in 2021 for cornerback Thakarius “BoPete” Keyes.
The unofficial list of Chiefs 2021 draft picks
- 1st round
- 2nd round
- 3rd round
- 4th round
- 4th round (comp)
- 5th round
- 5th round (comp)
- 7th round