Analyzing the financial impact of the KC Chiefs draft class

Trent McDuffie #22 of the Washington Huskies (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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MADISON, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 13: Leo Chenal #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after a play against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first half at Camp Randall Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
MADISON, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 13: Leo Chenal #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts after a play against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first half at Camp Randall Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Round 3- Leo Chenal, linebacker

The selection of Leo Chenal was an interesting one for the Chiefs at the bottom of the third. Most analysts praised the value and the Chiefs now have another young linebacker who is an elite athlete who is an absolute hammer when it comes to tackling. He’s also a helluva blitzer.

This sort of skill set might help the Chiefs save money if they’re using Chenal, a linebacker, as a DPR, a designated pass rusher. The Chiefs are going to still likely offer up $4-5 million for Melvin Ingram to ocme in and provide pass rushing reps along the defenisve front, but Chanel’s presence could help the Chiefs skate through a bit thinner if they’re unable to lure someone like Ingram back onto the roster for another year.

Round 5 – Darian Kinnard, offensive line

Earlier we noted Orlando Brown Jr.’s looming contract extension and that deal is going to be nearly as big as the man himself. Together with Joe Thuney who is earning upwards of $80M over a five year deal signed a year ago, the Chiefs have a pricey left side of the line.

Fortunately, the Chiefs also have cheap yet very effective players lined up next to them starting at center Creed Humphrey and continuing through right guard Trey Smith. The former was a second round pick last year and makes a bit more than Smith, who was a sixth-round find. Fifth round choice Darian Kinnard fits right in with Smith as a former mauler with extensive SEC experience.

When Brown is making something around $20 million per season, it will be nice to know that the other side of the line will be making five percent of that—if Kinnard can claim a starting spot. (Although it’s not as if Lucas Niang is making big bucks either.)

Round 7 – Isiah Pacheco, running back

We’re going to be honest and admit there’s not much to say here. No team should spend much at running back and the Chiefs seem to know this. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is paid rather well as a first-round pick in 2020 but Ronald Jones was added for $1.5M for the next year as his tandem partner. From there, Pacheco is averaging $900K per year and Derrick Gore comes in at slightly less than that. It’s smart shopping here for the most part in the Chiefs’ backfield.

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