The K.C. Chiefs will certainly draft a wide receiver in the 2021 NFL draft with the way NFL free agency has gone so far and because general manager Brett Veach has said he’s always looking to add new weapons for Patrick Mahomes. It’s clear the Chiefs want a receiver by their attempts to sign free agent receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Josh Reynolds. Unfortunately, K.C. came up short for both. However, this aggressiveness shows that the Chiefs aren’t all that confident in what they have behind Tyreek Hill which is understandable.
Ideally, the Chiefs need a receiver who has some size, contrary to the types of receivers they already have—someone who stands taller than 6’0 and weighs closer to 200 pounds, a wideout with the stature to be a red zone target. Ideally, the receiver can use his size to get open while also possessing some speed because we all know the Chiefs love speed. One player who fits that profile is North Carolina receiver Dyami Brown.
Brown was one of the top wide receivers in the ACC in 2020 hauling in 55 receptions for 1,099 yards and 8 TDs. Brown also showed big-play ability with his incredible 20 yards per reception average. At 6’1″, 190lbs, Brown has the size the Chiefs should be looking for, as he can use his size and physicality to win at the point of catch. We all know Mahomes and the Chiefs offense love to air it out down-field and Brown would thrive in an offense like that.
The other great thing about Brown that people need to consider is that he isn’t a one-season wonder. He has been consistently productive for a North Carolina offense that made him the focal point of the offense over the last few seasons. As a sophomore in 2019, Brown recorded 51 catches for 1,034 yards and 12 TDs. Brown also consistently caught the deep ball with a 20.3 yards per reception. Yep, you read that right. Brown has average over 20 yards per reception for two straight seasons.
Dyami Brown could fit the K.C. Chiefs need for No. 2 wide receiver.
It’s clear that Brown can do a lot of things that would pique the Chiefs’ interest. Brown has great athleticism and quickness as well as speed which is why he was able to score so easily for North Carolina. His get-off at the line of scrimmage is one of the best among wide receivers in the class and he just gets open so effortlessly.
Another thing to like about Brown is he has shown to be a pretty willing blocker, which is something that a receiver should be expected to do coming to play for the Chiefs. One of the reasons the Chiefs valued Sammy Watkins so much was because of his ability to block and help the Chiefs on sweeps and running plays up the field. Brown is willing to do the dirty work..
However, Brown will need to learn how to beat press coverage better in the NFL and that may come with adding strength. Brown will also need a little bit of work expanding his route tree, and although he is not strictly limited to running go-routes and posts, that is his main game. To become a dependable X receiver for the Chiefs he’ll have to win over the middle a little bit more. Brown has a similar resume to Mecole Hardman as far as big-play ability and still needing to learn the position a little bit, but Brown is already much more polished. He does, however, have the same issue with drops.
As far as Brown’s draft stock, mock drafts place him anywhere from early second round to late third round, which makes him very attainable for Kansas City if they wish to add him. Brown would add an exciting new element to the Chiefs offense with his tenacious play, and he has the potential to be a very good No.2 receiver going forward for Kansas City.