While it won’t quite provide the exhale that the selection of an offensive tackle in the third round, Chiefs Kingdom is likely to be nearly as pleased to finally see a wide receiver selected in the fourth round here with the choice of Seth Williams out of Auburn.
The Chiefs are coming into the draft, at least at this point, without anyone to take Sammy Watkins place with the offense as a large physical target. The X receiver is a pivotal one in Andy Reid’s schemes, but unfortunately the Chiefs have been subject to Watkins’ availability for the last three years. The offense clicks at another level when there’s a legitimate target there, and that’s where the Chiefs hope to strike gold with the addition of Williams.
At 6’2, 225 lbs. Williams looks the part and he comes with plenty of production against college football’s top teams. He’s got good leaping ability, great hands, and knows well how to use his size to come down with the ball. A deep wide receiver class and concerns about his top end speed will knock Williams below others in this draft class, but he’s athletic enough to succeed in the pros and the Chiefs already have pass catchers who carry the opposition’s best defenders.
Together with a returning core of Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle, Mecole Hardman, Marcus Kemp and more, the Chiefs have a nice stable of wide receivers who will compete for very real reps in the coming preseason.