The Chiefs may have recently re-signed Demarcus Robinson, but most K.C. fans still feel like they need another starting-caliber talent in their wide receiver group. Tyreek Hill is obviously a star, and while guys like Robinson, Mecole Hardman, and Byron Pringle have all shown themselves to be valuable parts of a rotation, none of them offer the kind of upside that a healthy Sammy Watkins did. Thankfully this draft class has enough talent that the Chiefs should be able to add an upgrade to that group.
I recently went through eight different NFL Draft big boards, and on those eight big boards, there were a staggering 27 wide receivers who were listed on at least one top 100 list. That’s enough for almost every team in the NFL to take a wide receiver in the first three rounds and not run out of prospects that were listed on one of those top 100 big boards. Now, I don’t personally think there are 27 wideouts who deserve to go that high, but it wouldn’t shock me if there were 15 or more receivers that went in the first three rounds.
On those eight different top 100 big boards, there were 13 wideouts that were in the top 100 on at least five of the eight lists. Those 13 players were:
- Ja’Marr Chase – LSU
- Jaylen Waddle – Alabama
- DeVonta Smith – Alabama
- Kadarius Toney – Florida
- Rashod Bateman – Minnesota
- Rondale Moore – Purdue
- Terrance Marshall – LSU
- Elijah Moore – Ole Miss
- Tylan Wallace – Oklahoma State
- Dyami Brown – North Carolina (AA Draft Profile)
- Amon-Ra St. Brown – USC
- Tutu Atwell -Louisville
- D’Wayne Eskridge – Western Michigan
In addition to those 13, I think you can make a strong argument for guys like Nico Collins of Michigan, Amari Rodgers or Clemson, Seth Williams of Auburn, and Sage Surratt of Wake Forrest being taken in the top 100 picks as well. Then you throw in the 10 other guys that made at least one top 100 big board and you get a feeling for just how deep this wide receiver class is.
While I would love to see the Chiefs land an elite talent at receiver in the first round, I believe the drop off from the talent they could get at WR at pick 31 compared to the talent in the second or even third round will be a lot less than the drop off at other positions. So if the Chiefs wanted to grab their future left tackle or even an outstanding talent at some other position on day one, I think they could still land a receiver who could realistically help them as a rookie as late as round three.
So what do you think Chiefs fans? Do you agree that the depth of both offensive tackle and wide receiver in this draft could work in KC’s favor? Do you agree with my assessment that the Chiefs will likely be able to grab their future left tackle in the first or second round and could grab a possible upgrade to the receiver group anywhere in the first three rounds? Are there players you love at either of these positions that I didn’t even include on these lists? Does this make you feel any better about the current state of the Chiefs roster? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.