The National Football League has released the list of compensatory picks for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, and the K.C. Chiefs will receive two more selections as expected in the fourth and fifth rounds.
The league released the totals on Wednesday, and the new additions to the draft haul will give the Chiefs a total of eight new picks with which to bring in first-year players or trade as desired. The Chiefs still have their original picks in each round minus the sixth round pick they traded to the Tennessee Titans last year for the right to move back into the seventh round and select BoPete Keyes, a, cornerback from Tulane.
The Chiefs knew they were likely going to gain at least one comp pick, if not both, due to the quality of free agents lost last season in free agency. The team lost cornerback Kendall Fuller to the Washington Football Team, who signed a four-year deal worth over $40 million to go back to the team that originally drafted him. In addition, the Chiefs lost pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah to the Miami Dolphins, who signed a two-year, $15 million contract to leave the Chiefs after a single season.
Given the aggressive nature of general manager Brett Veach in most drafts thus far, the additional picks at the tail end of the fourth and fifth rounds are perfectly placed for the team to be able to maneuver around, especially in the draft’s middle rounds, in case the team wants to move up for a prospect.