Lots of NFL fans love to keep tabs on the NFL Draft throughout the year because of the excitement it brings for new prospects to enter the league and the mystery of what teams might do to improve their rosters. For the members of Chiefs Kingdom, the excitement might have waned a bit this week knowing that the Kansas City Chiefs are down another future draft asset after the NFL trade deadline.
WIth the Melvin Ingram trade in the books, the Chiefs are down to six picks in the 2022 NFL Draft next spring. That’s because the Chiefs sent the Pittsburgh Steelers a sixth-round pick (or No. 208 overall) for the chance to employ Ingram in the final half of this season.
If the season were to end today, the Chiefs would have the No. 18 overall pick in the draft (and that subsequent choice in every round thereafter). They currently have their first-round pick (surprise!) in 2022 to utilize as they see fit along with the rest of the first four rounds.
A look ahead at the cadre of KC Chiefs picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
From there, however, day three gets dicey in that the Chiefs are going to have to wait long stretches without being able to make a single pick—that is, if they simply stay where they are currently at and make their selections as scheduled.
The Chiefs had previously traded away their own sixth-round pick in the preseason deal with the Minnesota Vikings for cornerback Mike Hughes. However, they’d landed an additional sixth-round pick to Baltimore in the trade for Orlando Brown Jr. made before the 2021 NFL Draft. That’s the sixth-round pick sent to the Steelers. In order to get that extra sixth that went to Pittsburgh, the Chiefs had already traded away their fifth-rounder to the Ravens.
That leaves the Chiefs with six total picks in 2022. Here’s an overview of what selections they would have if the season ended today:
- First round – No. 18 overall
- Second round – No. 49 overall
- Third round – No. 80 overall
- Fourth round – No. 117 overall
- Seventh round – No. 235 overall
- Seventh round – No.237 overall
The 2022 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 28, 2022.