The Pick: Brian Thomas Jr, WR, LSU
Our Grade: B
Our reaction: As we said above, it makes all the sense in the world to mock a wide receiver to the Chiefs. They have a clear need and need to continue to be cost-effective in key places such as WR and OT. Given the recent success of rookie Rashee Rice and the steady presence of Travis Kelce, there are reasons for optimism for this rebuilding group. Again, the Chiefs are very fortunate that their biggest needs (tackle and wide receiver) line up with the strength of this draft class. It's possible this draft breaks the record for tackles AND wide receivers drafted in the 1st round.
Brian Thomas Jr. has started to become a trendy name over the last few months and it's easy to see why. He's been a part of one of the most dynamic offenses in college football, he's 6'4' 220 pounds, runs a reported 4.40 40-yard dash, and has over 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns with Malik Nabers on the field. LSU has been one of the most consistent wide receiver development destinations for the NFL with names like Ja'Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, Odell Beckham Jr, and DJ Chark.
Thomas' most tantalizing trait is his size-to-speed ratio, being this big and fast is a rare combo. Thomas is a threat after the catch with power, agility, and speed. He's been asked to run a top-end route tree and has done so with great success. While he's not the most precise route tactician he's had success at all three levels of the field. Thomas fits what the Chiefs need at WR: speed (as always) and size to live on the outside. He would be a nice compliment to Rashee Rice as well who is a weapon out of the slot.