2014 Pick 23- Dee Ford: B
Chiefs fans probably only remember Dee Ford for one thing. (You know, that moment in a certain AFC championship game…) Ford was selected 23rd overall in the 2014 draft and churned out a couple of really strong seasons with the Chiefs. While he lacked consistency and durability, he was a skilled pass-rusher who reached double-digit sacks twice.
Ford’s career with the Chiefs will forever be linked to the 2018 AFC Championship encroachment penalty, but fans should remember he was an effective, occasionally excellent defensive player. For pick 23, Ford provided strong production. Unfortunately, his consistency and health held him back, but I can’t gripe too much with the selection.
2015 Pick 18- Marcus Peters: A-
Peters wasn’t a Chief for very long, but he was still a strong value pick for the Chiefs at 18. The ball-hawking safety was a revelation his rookie year, winning defensive rookie of the year. In addition, he was named All-Pro during his rookie year.
Grading this pick is tough. Peters only played three years for the Chiefs, which feels like a disappointment given the incredible start to his career. And yet, on each team he’s played for, Peters has been a key contributor. While his Chiefs career wasn’t long enough to be too memorable, the Chiefs got it right in a strict talent-evaluation sense.
Peters’ turbulent tenure with the Chiefs doesn’t discount that, from a process perspective, the Chiefs drafted one of the better defensive players in the 2015 draft at pick 18. For that, the Peters pick deserves a strong grade.