Chiefs Draft Grades: Rating every pick in the 2023 NFL Draft
Round 7, Pick 250: Nic Jones, Cornerback, Ball State
The Chiefs wrapped up their 2023 NFL Draft by selecting Nic Jones, a cornerback from Ball State University.
Jones possesses long arms, a trait preferred by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnolo, and recorded two interceptions during his final college season. While he was solid in press coverage, he needs to improve his tackling and locating deep balls, and he doesn’t have the ideal speed for a cornerback.
However, Jones could make an immediate impact on special teams. He blocked both a field goal and a punt during his college career, and his ability to rush on punts and field goals will be an asset in the NFL.
While he may be a backup for the Chiefs, Jones has the potential to develop into a solid rotational cornerback and special teams ace. At the 250th pick in the draft, any playing time he receives would be considered a good pick.
The Grade: B-
Overall Draft Class
Overall, the Chiefs had a solid draft class. They addressed positions of need such as defensive end, wide receiver, and offensive tackle, but the value of their early picks could have been better. Although not bad, it wasn’t exceptional either.
When evaluating draft classes, I tend to give more weight to the earlier picks than the later ones. While Felix Anudike-Uzomah has the potential to be a great player, Rashee Rice needs improvement in several areas to thrive, and Wanya Morris may not be ready for immediate playing time.
Overall, Brett Veach and his team had a good draft. After last year’s dominant class, fans may have had higher expectations, but this group has the potential to help the team win Super Bowls in the future. They addressed important needs at key positions without reaching for any player. While some fans may not be thrilled with the picks, they should be satisfied with the class overall.
The Grade: B