Let’s look at how fans and analysts responded to the Kansas City Chiefs selection of WR Rashee Rice in the second round of the NFL Draft.
After watching the initial run come and go on wide receivers in the first round, some Kansas City Chiefs fans were frustrated that their favorite team was unable or unwilling to trade up and grab one of the most heralded prospects in this year’s draft at the wideout position. That’s especially true of names like Zay Flowers or Quentin Johnston who even visited with the Chiefs and/or caught passes in practice from Patrick Mahomes.
All was not lost at the position, however, as the Chiefs decided to go offense in the second round of the draft. They traded up with the Detroit Lions to No. 55 overall—moving up eight spots—in order to select Rashee Rice, a physical wide receiver from SMU.
Immediately, the Chiefs now have a dynamic young WR corps that looks like a well-rounded group with Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdes-Scanting, Richie James, Justin Watson, and Rice. To that mix, Rice will look like a solid weapon in the red zone especially after putting up 19 touchdown receptions in the last two seasons at SMU.
Check out the instant responses on Twitter that backed up the Chiefs’ confidence in Rice.
It’s also impossible not to smile when you see this quote coming from Rice, however, and then thinking about Patrick Mahomes.
Let’s be clear. To represent all sides, we had to admit that not everyone was a big fan of the pick—either of Rice himself or the fact that other prospects were on the board at the time.