Rashee Rice makes for an intriguing Day 2 draft option for KC Chiefs
By Grant Tuttle
The Chiefs have been hosting a number of prospects on top 30 visits. One of those prospects, Rashee Rice, would be a compelling round 2 pick. We discuss.
The Kansas City Chiefs have spent a lot of time looking at prospects who could fit in the 2023 NFL Draft during their top 30 visits. While there are a number of intriguing options that could present themselves, one area of need is wide receiver.
While the Chiefs have a few nice pieces in Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, and Richie James, they currently lack a game-changer. Some of the receivers in this class might have that ability. On day 2, Rashee Rice is an intriguing option.
Rice, a four-year contributor at SMU, has improved statistically every season. At 6’1, Rice is explosive at the catch point and can make plays in the open field. Without further ado, here are the pros and cons of drafting Rice in the second round.
Reasons for the Chiefs to want Rashee Rice
Physicality despite his frame. Rashee Rice plays incredibly hard. When you turn on his tape, it is obvious that he has no problem putting in the extra work required of him. He is both physical and hard-working. Despite being just over 200 pounds, Rice plays physical football which is somewhat surprising. Kansas City could use a player that is capable of making contested catches in the middle of the field and fighting for extra yards. Rice could provide that for them.
Ability after the catch. Rice may not be a burner that is going to consistently score on deep throws, but he is surprisingly quick in tight spaces. This is also why he has some upward mobility in his route-running potential. SMU did not ask him to do anything fancy, but there is reason to believe that he could be a great fit in Andy Reid’s complicated offense. If Patrick Mahomes can hit him when he is isolated, it is hard for defenders to make the tackle.
He provides a “possession-type” receiver to a team that needs one. As aforementioned, Rice is a tough player. With a willingness to fight for extra yardage and make tough catches in the middle of the field, Rice provides the Chiefs with a receiver that they don’t currently have. Toney is a yards-after-the-catch expert, MVS is a deep threat, and Skyy Moore and Richie James are route-running specialists. Having a hard-nosed receiver that can make plays on every level is something that the Chiefs could benefit from.