5 prospects the Chiefs can't pass on with 32nd pick in 2024 NFL Draft

Don't let these guys get away!

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Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

One of the most productive receivers in college football this year, Franklin is part of a loaded WR class. For most of this draft cycle, he's been looked at as a first-round lock but after a lackluster showing in the gauntlet drill at the combine he's started to fall. Franklin is also on the small side, 6'1" 176 pounds is smaller for a receiver who wins mostly on the outside.

Franklin is an advanced route runner that is more than just speed. He's excellent down the field and has been a weapon at all three levels of the field. He's an average YAC creator and has struggled with drops at times at Oregon. Because of his slender build, he can struggle to play through contact or to win contested catches. Franklin has strong zone recognition as well and is a struggle to cover man-on-man without safety help over the top.

Chiefs fans have pushed back on Troy Franklin due to comparisons to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The comparisons stop at being fast and wearing #11. Franklin is smaller than MVS, but he might be a better route runner now than MVS was. MVS also came into the league as a role player on N.C. State rather than a star receiver on one of the best teams in the country.

Franklin isn't going to make it to pick 64, so the Chiefs can't pass on him at 32 if they want him. Franklin is likely a Hollywood Brown replacement next year, their roles are actually fairly similar. However, he can contribute in year 1. Franklin, Brown, Rice, and Kelce all on the field at the same time is a nightmare for a defense. The Chiefs covet speed above all else, and here it could be sitting at pick 32.